Section 47 certificate of incapacity

Certificate to provide medical treatment (such as the COVID-19 vaccine) to adults lacking capacity, along with accompanying guidance.

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This section 47 certificate must be completed by a doctor or other authorised healthcare professional in order to provide non-emergency treatment (such as the COVID-19 vaccine) to an adult who lacks capacity to give or refuse consent.

It should be completed following assessment and provides evidence that the treatment complies with the principles of the Adults with Incapacity Act and associated code of practice.

The accompanying guidance describes the responsibility to consult with guardians, attorneys and interveners before giving treatment.

Guidance for the use of Section 47 certificates when giving medical treatment

Section 47 certificate of incapacity

Contact

Email: awireform.queries@gov.scot
Telephone: 0300 244 4000

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