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National Health Act, 2003 (Act No. 61 of 2003)


Regulations Regarding the Rendering of Forensic Pathology Service, 2018

16. Release of body


(1) A body may only be released from the Service after—
(a) the medico-legal investigation of death has been concluded;
(b) where necessary, an appropriate tissue or blood sample has been harvested or other investigations done, in order to assist with the medico-legal investigation and to facilitate the scientific identification of the deceased;
(c) the authorised medical practitioner has given approval for such release of the body; or
(d) the spouse, partner, major child, parent, guardian, major brother, major sister, care-giver or duly authorised party has given a written consent for release of a body to a third party, or by an order of the Court.


(2) Where the person giving consent, as contemplate din sub-regulation (1), is unable to pay for the burial of the body, the local authority having jurisdiction of the area where the body was found, must provide for a pauper burial or cremation of such a body.