Chapter 5
An online process for certifying cause of death

Existence of hazards in the body

5.22Currently, the Certificate in Relation to Pacemakers and other Biomechanical Aids (Biohazards Certificate) provided for in the Regulations is the only formal channel by which funeral directors, embalmers and cremator operators receive information about potential hazards in the deceased body.

5.23We propose that the identification of hazards in the body becomes a compulsory section of the online death certification process for every death. The online process should list a wide range of potential hazards from the body, such as radioactive substances or infectious diseases, and the doctor responsible for completing the form must confirm whether any hazards are present. The list of hazards should be regularly updated by the Ministry of Health.