Death Certificates

The Death with Dignity Act requires the medical certifier to only list the underlying terminal condition as the cause of death on the patient’s death certificate. The death certificate must not mention or indicate a patient participated in Death with Dignity.

Use these guidance documents to help you complete the cause of death section of the death certificate and ensure compliance with requirements of the Washington Death with Dignity Act:

Our How to Report Cause of Death webpage provides additional information about health care provider responsibilities, preparation of death certificate guidelines, and forms for reporting cause of death.