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What are the main changes to the MCCD? The new MCCD will be a double sided form in five sections (A to E). The main changes are the inclusion of: • the deceased’s CHI number • the Health Board area in which the death occurred • the certifying doctor’s GMC number and business contact telephone number • information about potential disposal hazards What will happen next? The old paper MCCD should be removed from clinical areas as of midnight of 5 th Aug 2014. Arrangements are being made to issue new MCCD books to all relevant areas during July. Certifying doctors must complete a short training programme which is available on Staff. Net. Other staff are asked to familiarise themselves with the changes. Further information is available from: http: //www. staffnet. ggc. scot. nhs. uk/Human%20 Res ources/Learning%20 and%20 Education/Pages/Newm ccd. aspx Email: newmccd@ggc. scot. nhs. uk New Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) Why is the MCCD changing? The implementation of The Certification of Death (Scotland) Act 2011 is intended to improve the quality and accuracy of MCCDs. When is the MCCD changing? The first phase of this improvement is the introduction of a new MCCD form on the 6 th August 2014 (for all deaths certified after midnight on the 5 th August 2014). What happens if I complete an old version of the MCCD after 6 th August 2014? Old style MCCD’s will be rejected by the Registrar of Births, Deaths, and Marriages. The certifying doctor or another doctor in the team will be required to complete and issue a new form. Who does this apply to? This applies to all grades of doctors signing a death certificate (except for still birth certificates) whether in primary care, secondary care, community hospitals, hospices, care homes, or other settings.