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Arizona Revised Statutes - Title 36 Public Health and Safety - Section 36-326 Disposition-transit permits

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36-326. Disposition-transit permits

A. A funeral establishment or responsible person who takes possession of human remains shall obtain a disposition-transit permit from a local registrar, a deputy local registrar or the state registrar before either of the following:

1. Providing final disposition of the human remains.

2. Moving the human remains out of this state.

B. Human remains moved from a hospital, nursing care institution or hospice inpatient facility must be accompanied by a form provided by the hospital, nursing care institution or hospice inpatient facility authorizing the release of the human remains. The form shall contain the information required in rules adopted pursuant to this chapter.

C. A funeral establishment or responsible person may move human remains from a hospital, nursing care institution or hospice inpatient facility where death occurred without obtaining a disposition-transit permit if the funeral establishment or responsible person does not remove the human remains from this state and provides notice to the local registrar or deputy local registrar in the registration district where the death occurred within twenty-four hours after moving the human remains.

D. A funeral establishment or responsible person may move human remains from a place other than a hospital, nursing care institution or hospice inpatient facility where death occurred without obtaining a disposition-transit permit if the funeral establishment or responsible person does not remove the human remains from this state and provides notice to the local registrar or deputy local registrar in the registration district where death occurred within seventy-two hours after moving the human remains.

E. Embalmed human remains, disinterred human remains and human remains that are not embalmed that are shipped by common carrier inside or outside of this state for the purposes of burial, cremation or funeral services shall be placed in a suitable shipping container that is designed for the transportation of human remains. Human remains that are not embalmed and that are shipped inside or outside of this state are not required to be transported within twenty-four hours after death.

F. A hospital or abortion clinic is not required to obtain a disposition-transit permit if a product of human conception is expelled or extracted at the hospital or abortion clinic and all the following apply:

1. The gestation period of the product of human conception is less than twenty weeks or, if the gestation period is unknown, the weight of the product of human conception is less than three hundred fifty grams.

2. A county medical examiner's investigation is not required.

3. The woman on whom the abortion was performed has authorized the hospital or abortion clinic to dispose of the product of human conception.

G. To obtain a disposition-transit permit, a funeral establishment or responsible person must submit the information required pursuant to this chapter and rules adopted pursuant to this chapter to the state registrar or to the local registrar or deputy local registrar of the registration district where the death occurred.

H. A local registrar, a deputy local registrar or the state registrar shall provide a disposition-transit permit to a funeral establishment or other responsible person if the information provided pursuant to subsection B complies with this chapter and rules adopted pursuant to this chapter.

I. A local registrar, a deputy local registrar or the state registrar shall provide a disposition-transit permit for interment of human remains in a cemetery only if the location of the cemetery has been recorded in the office of the county recorder in the county where the cemetery is located or the cemetery is located on federal or tribal land.

J. A local registrar, a deputy local registrar or the state registrar shall provide a disposition-transit permit issued by this state for the final disposition of human remains in this state on receipt of a disposition-transit permit from another state that accompanies the human remains from the other state.

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