Nova Scotia

More people can sign death certificates under new law

More people in Nova Scotia will be allowed to sign death certificates under regulations intended to make it easier for grieving families.

More people in Nova Scotia will be allowed to sign death certificates under regulations intended to make it easier for grieving families.

The government issued a release Wednesday saying nurse practitioners and other authorized professionals can sign the documents under regulatory changes that took effect Wednesday.

The changes to the Vital Statistics Act were passed in December 2011.

Previously, only doctors and medical examiners could sign them, which allowed a funeral director to remove a body.

The president of the Funeral Service Association of Nova Scotia said the new rules allow for a more expedient removal of a body when a medical examiner or doctor is not available.

Nurse practitioners are expected to begin signing the certificates after training has been completed in March.

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