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


Regulations regarding the rendering of Forensic Pathology Service, 2007

Release of body


30. A body must only be released from the Service after—
(a) the spouse, partner, major child, parent, guardian, major brother, major sister,care-giver has given written consent, or by order of the Court ;
(b) the authorised person. after consultation with the investigating officer, has given approval for such release of the body; and
(c) where necessary, an appropriate tissue or blood sample has been procured or other investigations done, in order to assist with the medico-legal investigation and to facilitate the scientific identification of the deceased.


31. Where the person giving consent as contemplated in regulation 30(a) is unable to pay for the burial of the body, the local municipality having jurisdiction of the area where the body was stored, must provide for a pauper burial or cremation of such a body.