Regulation 18 of the Cremation (England and Wales) Regulation 2008 has been amended to allow a coroner to discontinue an investigation where the cause of death is natural, has not occurred in custody or other state detention and the cause of death has become clear by means other than a post-mortem examination.
In order to prevent the commissioning of unnecessary post-mortems, form Cremation 6 has been amended to include an option to allow the coroner to indicate where an investigation has been discontinued prior to post-mortem to ensure they are still able to issue form Cremation 6. The new form contains minor textual amendments to Part 2 of the form as part of this work.
These changes have come into effect from 28 June 2022.
The new form Cremation 6 will be available to use from 28 June and can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/cremation-forms-and-guidance.
The link to the Statutory Instrument, The Cremation (England and Wales) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2022 can be found at https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2022/611/contents/made
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