certifying death

The act of confirming that an individual is dead after another person (physician) has pronounced or determined that the individual is dead

certifying death

The act of confirming that a person is dead after another person (physician) has pronounced or determined that the individual is dead. Cf Pronouncing death.
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We examined DNFs for pre-specified major and minor errors, assessed potential predictors of major errors using multivariate analysis, and assessed the DNFs for completeness in terms of particulars of the deceased, the informant and the health professional certifying death.
The involvement of health care personnel in capital punishment, in any role other than certifying death, has been declared unethical by the World Medical Association, the World Psychiatric Association, the International Council of Nurses, and Amnesty International.
Mr Pollard said that the system relied on trust being placed in a doctor certifying death.
Her new duties will include examining assault victims, taking blood samples and certifying deaths.
The second phase of the inquiry, which began in autumn 2002, examined an initial police investigation which failed to spot Shipman's deadly double life and the system of certifying deaths and cremations.
The latter called for an overhaul of the system of certifying deaths, coroners and cremation after Shipman's actions had gone undetected for so long.
The news followed publication of the Shipman Inquiry's second and third reports into the failed police investigation and into the system of certifying deaths and cremations in England and Wales.
The third report focuses on the system for certifying deaths and cremations.
Reay, "The Perils of Investigating and Certifying Deaths in Police Custody," American Journal of Forensic Medical Pathology 12, 1992, 98-100.