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A certifier of cause of death is a person authorised by law (the physician who attended the deceased in his/her last illness; or the coroner for deaths of persons who were not attended during the last illness by a physician, or for unnatural deaths due to violence or accident) who issues a certificate, on the prescribed form, stating to the best of his/her knowledge and belief, the cause of death and other facts related to the event for submission to the local registrar.

Source Publication:
Handbook of Vital Statistics Systems and Methods, Volume 1: Legal, Organisational and Technical Aspects, United Nations Studies in Methods, Glossary, Series F, No. 35, United Nations, New York 1991.

Statistical Theme: Demographic and population statistics - Demographic indicators

Created on Friday, November 2, 2001

Last updated on Wednesday, January 4, 2006