3701-5-06 Medical certification of cause of death; sufficient cause for filing provisional certificate of death or fetal death.

(A) The medical certificate of death shall be completed and signed by the physician who attended the deceased or by the coroner within forty-eight hours after death. When the medical certification as to the cause of death cannot be provided by the attending physician or coroner prior to burial, for sufficient cause, as specified in paragraph (B) of this rule, the funeral director may file a provisional death certificate with the local registrar or sub-registrar for the purpose of securing a burial or burial-transit permit. When the funeral director files a provisional death certificate to secure a burial or burial-transit permit, the funeral director shall file a satisfactory and complete death certificate within five days after the date of death.

(B) The following circumstances shall constitute sufficient cause why the medical certification cannot be provided prior to burial, therby authorizing filing a provisional certificate of death or fetal death to secure a burial permit under section 3705.17 of the Revised Code.

(1) The physician or coroner is unavilable to sign the certificate of death or fetal death because of illness or absence from the community;

(2) The results of an autopsy or chemical or biological examination are pending;

(3) The certificate of death or fetal death has been provided or coroner but has not been signed.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 09/01/2010 and 08/15/2015
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3705.02
Rule Amplifies: 3705.16 , 3705.17
Prior Effective Dates: 1/1/1960, 6/1/66, 12/13/76, 11/20/94,