death statistics are compiled from information supplied when deaths are certified and registered as part of civil registration, a legal requirement
figures represent the number of deaths registered in the calendar year
figures represent deaths which occurred in England and Wales, these include the deaths of individuals whose usual residence was outside England and Wales
For deaths over 28 days, the Tenth Revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10) has been used to classify cause of death in the publication. The ICD is used to translate diagnoses of diseases and other health problems from words into alphanumeric code to permit easier storage, retrieval and analysis.
Our User guide to mortality statistics provides information on data quality, legislation and procedures relating to deaths.