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Medical Certificate of Death Regulations

made under clause 51(1)(fb) of the

Vital Statistics Act

R.S.N.S. 1989, c. 494

O.I.C. 2013-3 (January 15, 2013), N.S. Reg. 7/2013


1     These regulations may be cited as the Medical Certificate of Death Regulations.


2     In these regulations,


“attending nurse practitioner” means a nurse practitioner who has responsibility for the treatment and care of a person or, if 2 or more nurse practitioners share that responsibility, any 1 of those nurse practitioners;


“medical certificate of death” means a medical certificate of cause of death required by subsection 17(3) of the [Vital Statistics] Act and in the form prescribed in the regulations respecting forms made under the Vital Statistics Act.

When nurse practitioner authorized to complete and sign medical certificate of death

3     An attending nurse practitioner may complete and sign a medical certificate of death for a person for whose treatment and care the attending nurse practitioner was responsible if


                (a)    the person’s death was expected as the result of a diagnosed chronic or acute illness or condition; and


                (b)    there is no reason to believe that the person’s death was a result of any of the circumstances referred to in Sections 9 to 12 of the Fatality Investigations Act.