Department of Health

Registered medical practitioners, nurses, midwives and paramedics can verify death.

There is no legal requirement for the funeral industry to obtain written verification that cessation of life has occurred before moving the deceased body to a more appropriate location.

The guidance note and frequently asked questions for the Verification of Death were first drafted in 2010 to support the Coroners Act 2008External Link and have now been updated to include midwifery and paramedicine.


Policies and guidelines
Date published
06 Nov 2019
Guidance note - 5 pages, Frequently asked questions - 4 pages
Department of Health and Human Services

Reviewed 07 November 2019

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