Section 22-9A-24

Persons required to keep records and to furnish information.

(a)(1) Every person in charge of an institution shall keep a record of personal data concerning each person admitted or confined to the institution. This record shall include information as required for the certificates of birth and death and the reports of fetal death required by this chapter. The record shall be made at the time of admission from information provided by the person being admitted or confined, but when it cannot be obtained, the information shall be obtained from relatives or other persons acquainted with the facts. The name and address of the person providing the information shall be part of the record.

(2) When a dead body or dead fetus is released or disposed of by an institution, the person in charge of the institution shall keep a record as provided for in subsection (e) of Section 22-9A-16.

(3) Not later than the fifth day of the month following the month of occurrence, the person in charge of each institution shall send to the Office of Vital Statistics a list showing all births, deaths, and fetal deaths occurring in that institution during the preceding month. The lists shall be on forms or in a format prescribed by the State Registrar.

(b)(1) A funeral director who removes from the place of death, transports, or makes final disposition of a dead body or fetus shall keep a record as provided for in subsection (f) of Section 22-9A-16.

(2) Not later than the fifth day of the month following the month of occurrence, each funeral director shall send to the Office of Vital Statistics a list showing all dead bodies embalmed or otherwise prepared for final disposition or dead bodies finally disposed of by the funeral director during the preceding month. The list shall be on forms or in a format provided by the State Registrar.

(c) Not later than the fifth day of the month following the month of occurrence, each county medical examiner, state medical examiner, or coroner who investigates a death or takes charge of a dead body or is responsible for certifying the cause of death shall send to the Office of Vital Statistics a list showing all of these deaths. The list shall contain the name of the deceased and the date and place of death and shall be on forms or in a format prescribed by the State Registrar.

(d) Records maintained under this section shall be made available for inspection by the State Registrar or his or her representative upon demand.

(Acts 1992, No. 92-607, p. 1255, §24.)