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Death Certificate Guidelines issued by Tamil Nadu Medical Council
Chennai: Referring to the fact that death certificates serve the critical functions of providing documentation for legal/administrative purposes and vital statistics for epidemiologic/health policy purposes, the State Medical Council in Tamil Nadu has issued an advisory for the doctors in this regard.
The Council has also reminded the registered medical practitioners in the State that issuing death certificates can have medico-legal implications and therefore, a doctor should only provide a Death Certificate if he/she has attended the deceased while alive, has attended the patient within 14 days before death, is satisfied with the reason of death.
"Death certificates serve the critical functions of providing documentation for legal/administrative purposes and vital statistics for epidemiologic/health policy purposes. Issuing a death certificate is one of the onerous duties of the RMP, which can have medico-legal implications. Hence, the RMP must verify all the relevant facts before issuing a death certificate," read the advisory dated 12.04.2022, issued by the Registrar of the Council, Dr. R. Shanmugam.
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The guidelines that the doctors need to follow as per the Tamil Nadu Medical Council advisory are as follows,
1) This is a Medical Certificate to be issued by a Registered Medical Practitioner (RMP), who:
- Form No. 4 has to be issued for death as inpatient in a hospital by the RMP who treated the patient.
- Form No. 4 A is issued by the RMP for non-institutional deaths, for the patients on treatment with the RMP.
- Form No. 4 A should not be used for still births.
The Council at that time had also pointed out that Life Certificate is an Identity Certificate for confirming if the person is alive (for pensioners and registration purposes, etc.) and on many occasions impersonators walk in with fake IDs.
To view the recent TNMC advisory on Death Certificate, click on the link below.
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