Except for deaths caused by conditions under the jurisdiction of the medical examiner, the physician who last treated the deceased is responsible for completing the medical certification of the death certificate, unless there is evidence or indication that the cause of death is unrelated to the previous diagnosis and treatment. If the attending physician is unavailable, the certificate shall be signed by the physician who pronounced death (if he can reasonably determine the cause) or by an associate physician or physician on call for the attending physician if medical records of the deceased are available and if the cause of death is reasonably ascertainable from the records and circumstances preceding death.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 130A‑92(7);

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. November 15, 1977;

Amended Eff. September 1, 1990;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. December 22, 2018.