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CERTIFICATION OF DEATH (SCOTLAND) ACT 2011 - STATUTORY GUIDANCE

CERTIFICATION OF DEATH (SCOTLAND) ACT 2011 - STATUTORY GUIDANCE

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

ISBN: 9781785445927

CERTIFICATION OF DEATH (SCOTLAND) ACT 2011 - STATUTORY GUIDANCE. Key operational principles for the purposes of the Certification of Death (Scotland) Act 2011

Executive Summary

This Scottish Government Guidance sets out some of the key operational principles for the purposes of the Certification of Death (Scotland) Act 2011 (‘the 2011 Act’). This Guidance will be the basis for the detailed standard operating procedures set out by implementing organisations and, in particular, Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

In particular, this guidance focuses on what the senior medical reviewer and medical reviewers must have regard to in delivering the independent scrutiny of MCCDs, or in otherwise delivering their statutory functions. As such, it also necessarily incorporates some of the key functions that are required to be undertaken by others in support of this work, including National Records of Scotland, Local Authority registrars, Cremation and Burial Authorities, Funeral Directors and NHS for Education Scotland.