47. An institution maintaining a facility in which a person dies must take the steps to have a certificate of death drawn up in respect of the deceased by a physician, for the purposes of this Act.
When a person dies elsewhere than in a facility maintained by an institution the last physician who treated the person must fill out the certificate of death. If such physician is not accessible, the certificate of death may be filled out by any other physician, or a coroner, mayor or clergyman. If no person acting in any of such capacities is available within a radius of 16 km, the certificate of death may be filled out by two persons of full age.
In the case of a death which is the object of an investigation and, where such is the case, an inquest under the Act respecting the determination of the causes and circumstances of death (chapter R-0.2), the certificate of death must be made by the coroner.
When the body of a person who died outside Québec is transported into Québec, the certificate of death must be made by the funeral director transporting the body, unless the case is within the competence of the coroner.
A certificate of death must be filled out in the manner prescribed by regulation.
1972, c. 42, s. 40; 1984, c. 47, s. 213; 1983, c. 41, s. 202; 1985, c. 29, s. 20; 1991, c. 44, s. 11; 1992, c. 21, s. 254, s. 375; 1992, c. 57, s. 664.