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Death certificate; form and content
Public Health (PBH) CHAPTER 45, ARTICLE 41, TITLE 4
§ 4141. Death certificate; form and content. 1. The certificate of
death shall contain such information, including but not limited to the
decedent's social security number, and shall be in such form as the
commissioner may prescribe.

2. The personal particulars called for shall be furnished by a
competent person acquainted with the facts.

3. The statement of facts relating to the disposition of the body
shall be signed by the funeral director or undertaker in charge of the

4. (a) The medical certificate shall be made, dated, and signed by the
physician or nurse practitioner, if any, last in attendance on the

(b) Indefinite terms, denoting only symptoms of disease or conditions
resulting from disease, shall not be held sufficient.

(c) Any certificate stating the cause of death in terms which the
commissioner declares indefinite shall be returned to the physician,
nurse practitioner, or person making the medical certificate for
correction and more definite statement.

(d) Where a death is caused by an opioid overdose, such information
shall be indicated on the certificate, including, if known to the person
completing the death certificate, the specific opioid that caused the
death of the decedent, along with any other related information as the
commissioner may require.