This Cause of death list replaces the 2016 document issued to registrars by the GRO and intentionally retains the same name and format as that document
It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible causes of death, but deals with conditions that have previously prompted discussion between certifying doctors, registrars and coroners. It includes clarification about common conditions, such as pneumonia and heart failure, and less common ones, such as ankylostomiasis and spirochaetal jaundice.
The list has grown organically and reflects previous areas of contention rather than a systematic approach. This version seeks to provide consistent guidance for all stakeholders, removing ambiguity and improving consistency. The College will be responsible for updating the content as required and welcomes feedback.