This ONLINE event will run from 9.30am to 1.30pm and will take place via zoom. The programme will be circulated nearer the time.

The Death Certification Reforms Legislation – update on implications for the Medical Examiner system online information-sharing event is aimed at anyone working in or with the medical examiner system in England and Wales and will cover the introduction of the statutory medical examiner system and the new death certification process from 9 September 2024.

The following groups (and others) are likely to find it of interest:

  • MEs and MEOs
  • GPs and hospital doctors
  • Coroners and coroners’ officers
  • Registrars
  • Crematorium managers and medical referees
  • Funeral directors
  • Bereavement services
  • Faith community leaders
  • Patient groups

Speakers include:

  • Dr Alan Fletcher, National Medical Examiner
  • William Vineall, Director of NHS Quality, Safety and Investigations, DHSC
  • Simon Hawkins, Senior Policy Adviser – Death Certification Reform, DHSC
  • Cathy Yallop, Chief Coroner’s office
  • James Parker and Heather Atkinson, Ministry of Justice
  • Eric Powell, Head of Registration Services, General Register Office
  • Jonny Tinsley, Head of Health Data, Office for National Statistics

Topics to be covered include:

  • The new Medical Certificates of Cause of Death
  • Changes to cremation forms and the role of the Crematorium Medical Referee
  • Implications for Medical Examiner offices
  • Changes to death registration
  • Changes to the role of the Coroner
  • The collection and use of mortality statistics

The event is open to anyone working in the sector. Registration is free of charge. The event will be recorded and the recording made freely available after the event. 



This meeting will be held via Zoom. Details of the meeting with accompanied guidance will be sent to attendees before the meeting. We strongly suggest you download Zoom to your computer/laptop to make the most of the meeting, however if this is not possible just simply click on the link provided. To Find out more about Zoom and how it works please visit the website.

Please note: If you experience any problems when connecting to your Zoom meeting, such as lagging or freezing, then this may indicate that there is an issue with your internet connection, or the device you are using. We suggest that you try to move to an area with a more stable connection and then re-join the meeting.