Medical Certifier Resources
We have developed this to aid you and your staff in preparing the necessary information for a decedent's death certificate.
In October 2016, the State of Arizona revised the rules that govern how vital records are administered. Please take a few moments to read carefully as information has been revised and there may be differences and or updates to the process you will follow to input medical certification of death. According to the state bureau, they will continue to provide information pertaining to these processes over the next few months.
Please return to this site frequently as the state will also be launching a new electronic death registration system planned for debut in the fall of 2017. There may be additional data entry requirements for you to follow and online trainings offered by their offices.
We will continue to share information and resources as we learn them.
Resources and Information for the Current System:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Writing Cause-of-Death Statements
- Continuing Medical Education (CME) Training
- Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) - Office of Vital Registration
- Maricopa County Office of the Medical Examiner
- NAPHSIS - Training Resources
- New York Department of Health - Improving Cause of Death Reporting training
The following are training guides and handbooks available.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Physicians' Handbook on Medical Certification of Death (2003 Revision) (PDF)
- CDC Instructions for Completing Cause of Death (August 2004) (PDF)
- Physician Certification of Cause of Death (PDF)
- Reference Guide for Cause of Death Certification in Arizona (PDF)
- CDC Funeral Directors' Handbook on Death Registration and Fetal Death Reporting (2003 Revision) (PDF)
- Continuing Medical Education (CME) Arizona Department of Health Services
- CDC Physicians' Handbook on Medical Certification (PDF)
Thank you for your dedication and willingness to provide your medical expertise. Your efforts will benefit the overall health of our community for years to come!
If you need further assistance, please feel free to contact us at 602-372-0535 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.