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Death with Dignity Act of 2016

The District of Columbia Death with Dignity Act of 2016, D.C. Law 21-182, was effective on February 18, 2017 and applicable as of June 6, 2017. This act allows terminally ill adults seeking to voluntarily end their life, to request lethal doses of medication from licensed physicians in the District (MD/DO). Terminally ill patients must be District of Columbia residents who have been medically confirmed to have less than six months to live.

Physicians are required to review the education module* prior to registering and prescribing a covered Medication for a patient.
*Please select one of the three education modules, Patient, Physician, and Pharmacist on the District of Columbia Death with Dignity Act of 2016. 

Attending Physican Registration:

Please select here to register as a Attending Physician on the Death with Dignity Attending Physicians Portal.
On the Death with Dignity Attending Physicians Portal you will be able to complete the following activities:

  •  Register on the Portal as a user
  •  Attest to completing the Physicians Education Module
  •  Register your Attending Physician Profile
  •  Enroll a Patient in the Death with Dignity Program
  •  Correspond with Consulting Physicians, Psychologist/Psychotherapist, Pharmacist and Patients using email notifications
  •  Send, receive and upload forms
  •  Calendar appointments and important follow ups 
  •  Create tasks and notes

Forms for completing and ensuring compliance with requirements of the District of Columbia Death with Dignity Act of 2016 (D.C. Law 21-182):

Death Certificate Guidelines  
Education Modules - (complete list)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)  

Additional Resources:

All questions regarding the Death with Dignity Program can be submitted via email to [email protected]. You may call the Health Regulation and Licensing Administration’s receptionist on (202) 724-8800 and request assistance or by regular mail to:

Death with Dignity Program 
Department of Health 
Health Regulation and Licensing Administration
899 N. Capitol Street, NE
2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20002