The certification of death or "certifying death" is a different requirement that is set in legislation (Vital Statistics Act).
Certifying death is defined as determining the cause of death and signing the death certificate.
It reflects the performance of all health professionals certifying death
within a defined geographical population.
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.(1) Even if there is no longer any direct participation of doctors in U.S.
To develop a basis for targeting education of physicians who certify deaths, CDC, in cooperation with the Fulton County (Georgia) Vital Records Office, reviewed a consecutive series of 500 DCs filed in Fulton Country (1990 population: 684,951) form April 10 through May 2, 1991, to characterize the number and proportion of personal physicians (PPs) (defined as physician certifiers not acting in the capacity of medical examiners or coroners [MECs[) and MECs certifying death
, as well as other factors.
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 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 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
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
Reay, "The Perils of Investigating and Certifying Deaths
in Police Custody," American Journal of Forensic Medical Pathology 12, 1992, 98-100.