Missouri Code of State Regulations
Title 19 - Department of Health and Senior Services
Division 10 - OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR
Chapter 10 - Vital Records
19 CSR 10-10.100 - Authorization for Cremation

19 CSR 10-10.100. Authorization for Cremation

PURPOSE: This rule establishes procedures required prior to cremation of a dead human body.

(1) If the cause of death can be established within seventy-two (72) hours after death, a completed death certificate certifying the cause of death as determined by the medical examiner/coroner or physician shall be delivered or mailed to the local registrar of the county where the death occurred before a body is cremated.

(2) If a completed death certificate cannot be filed because the cause of death has not been determined, the medical examiner/coroner or physician certifying the cause of death shall give the funeral director notice of the reason for the delay. A body shall not be cremated until written authorization by the medical examiner/coroner or physician is received by the funeral director. This authorization shall be a signed statement which identifies the deceased and authorizes final disposition by cremation.

(3) Management of a crematory shall require from an authorized funeral home representative presenting a body for cremation a signed statement which identifies the deceased and which states that-

(A) A completed death certificate has been filed with the local registrar where the death occurred; or

(B) The funeral director has received a written authorization to cremate the body from the medical examiner/coroner or physician who will be certifying the cause of death.

(AUTHORITY: sections 193.145 and 193.175, RSMo 1986.* This rule was previously filed as 19 CSR 30-10.100. Original rule filed July 15, 1991, effective Jan. 13, 1992. Changed to 19 CSR 10-10.100 July 30, 1998.)

*Original authority: 193.145, RSMo 1984, amended 1989 and 193.175, RSMo 1984.

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