New guidance on death certification in Scotland

NEW national guidance for doctors on the completion of a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) has been released by the Scottish Government.

Doctors have been required to use the new paper-based MCCD since August 2014 in compliance with The Certification of Death (Scotland) Act 2011 which is aimed at streamlining the current process, improving the accuracy of death certification and providing better public health information about causes of death in Scotland.

A second phase of the implementation is scheduled for April 2015 and will introduce further changes including electronic completion and transfer of MCCDs and scrutiny by Healthcare Improvement Scotland, along with a new electronic system of reporting to the procurator fiscal.

Click here to access the new guidance.

NHS Education Scotland (NES) has produced a summary version of the detailed guidance