CHAPTER 413

FORMERLY

SENATE BILL NO. 537

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 16, CHAPTER 31, DELAWARE CODE, RELATING TO VITAL STATISTICS AND PROVIDING FOR ISSUANCE OF CREMATION PERMITS.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

Section 1. Amend Subchapter Ill of Chapter 31, Title 16, Delaware Code, by deleting Paragraph (a) of §3162 in its entirety and substituting in lieu thereof a new Paragraph (a) of §3162 to read as follows:

"(a) A body may be cremated only after the preparation of a special cremation permit signed by the chief medical examiner or an assistant or deputy medical examiner and by the attorney general or a deputy attorney general. In the presentation of the cremation permit to the chief medical examiner or his representative and to the attorney general or his representative for signature, the permit must be accompanied by a death certificate signed by the attending physician and by a cremation authorization signed by the next of kin or legal representative of the deceased. The signature of the chief medical examiner or his representative to the cremation permit shall constitute his affirmation that there is no medical reason why the cremation should not take place, and the signature of the attorney general or his representative to the cremation permit shall constitute his affirmation that there is no legal reason why the cremation should not take place."

Approved July 3, 1986.