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When H.M. Coroner is Involved
If the coroner has been involved in the reporting of a death some of the forms and certificates are different; these are detailed below:
When a doctor has informed the coroner of the death but the doctor has been given permission by the coroner to issue a medical certificate, you will receive the Medical Certificate of the Cause of Death and the Formal Notice in the same way as usual, e.g., from the doctor's surgery or the hospital office.

There will also be a Form A. This is a pink form from the coroner informing the registrar that their office is aware of the death but no further investigation is necessary and permission has been given to the doctor to issue the certificate stating the cause of death.

In most parts of the country, Form A is delivered (electronically – email), by the coroner's service direct to the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages located in the vicinity of the surgery or hospital concerned. In some areas, you may be asked to collect this from the coroner and take it to the registrar with the Medical Certificate of the Cause of Death.
The doctor, bereavement officer or coroner's officer will explain this all to you.

If the coroner has ordered a post-mortem examination but there is no requirement for an inquest, Notification by the Coroner (Pink Form B/Form 100), will be sent to the registrar (in some cases it may be given to you to take to the registrar). This replaces the Medical Certificate of the Cause of Death; usually issued by a doctor.

Order for Burial (Form 101) – This is issued when there is an inquest and the person is going to be buried. This is usually collected by the funeral director from the coroner's service on your behalf. Important if the deceased was not local at the time of death.

Cremation Form 6 (Certificate of Coroner) - is issued when there is a coroner's post-mortem or inquest and the person is going to be cremated. This is usually collected by the funeral director on your behalf. This form was introduced on 1st January 2009 to replace the Coroner's (yellow) 'E' certificate. This authority allows the funeral to take place.

Removal Notice (Form 104) - When the body is going to be moved out of England or Wales. This is sometimes called the 'Out of England' form and will often be collected by the funeral director on your behalf.

When a death is reported to the coroner, a post-mortem ordered and a burial as opposed to cremation specified by the legal representative or next-of-kin, the death must be registered prior to the funeral taking place.

In most cases where a cremation has been authorised by the coroner, 14 working days are permitted in which to register the death. The cremation can precede registration.

If there is a need to obtain official certification for financial reasons prior to an inquest, the coroner can issue an Interim Death Certificate if requested.

Extremely Important:
In the case of an inquest being ordered, a pre-inquest, also called an Inquest, is mandatory. This usually takes place at the hospital's Place of Rest (Chapel of Rest), and will be attended by a Coroner's Office Representative/Officer and is purely for the purpose of establishing the deceased's identity. This is necessary prior to any funeral occurrence.

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