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Physicians Guide to Death Certification

Who is responsible for filling out the death certificate?

CALIFORNIA CODES HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE SECTION 102775-102805

102800. The medical and health section data and the physician's or coroner's certification shall be completed by the attending physician within 15 hours after the death, or by the coroner within three days after examination of the body.
    The physician shall within 15 hours after the death deposit the certificate at the place of death, or deliver it to the attending funeral director at his or her place of business or at the office of the physician.

Links to additional resources.

CDC/NCHS - 2003 Revisions of the U.S. Standard Certificates of Death

CDC/NCHS - Possible Solutions to Common Problems in Death Certification

CDC/NCHS - Physicians' Handbook on Medical Certification of Death (PDF)