ISDH & CDC Guidance Documents

ISDH’s Vital Records Division has received a fair number of great questions regarding completing cause of death after Dr. Dye’s recent presentations.

The PDFs listed below are coroner-specific reference guides produced by CDC, College of American Pathologists, and ISDH Vital Records.

Dr. Dye’s July 2019 presentation and the recent published guidance on drug toxicity death reporting are included.


ISDH & CDC Guidance


ISDH Top Rules for Determining Cause of Death (PDF) Click Here

ISDH Coroner-Reported Cause of Death Guidance (PDF) Click Here

Handbook for ME and Coroner Death and Fetal Death Reporting 2003 (PDF) Click Here

Completing the Death Certificate for Drug Toxicity Deaths Dr. Dye 2019 (PDF) Click Here

CDC Reference Guide for Completing the Death Certificate for Drug Toxicity Deaths May 2019 (PDF) Click Here

Cause of Death and the Death Certificate 2006. College of American Pathologists (PDF) Click Here

Coroner FAQ's (PDF) Click Here