Oregon Statutes - Chapter 432 - Vital Statistics - Section 432.165 - Death records.

(1) All superintendents or managers or other persons in charge of institutions shall keep a record of personal data concerning each person admitted or confined to the institution. This record shall include information as required for the certificates of birth and death and the reports of fetal death and induced termination of pregnancy required by this chapter. The record shall be made at the time of admission from information provided by the person being admitted or confined, but when it cannot be so obtained, the information shall be obtained from relatives or other persons acquainted with the facts. The name and address of the person providing the information shall be a part of the record.

(2) When a dead body or fetus is released or disposed of by an institution, the person in charge of the institution shall keep a record showing the name of the decedent, Social Security number, if issued, date of death, name and address of the person to whom the body or fetus is released and the date of removal from the institution. If final disposition is made by the institution, the date, place and manner of disposition shall also be recorded.

(3) A funeral service practitioner, embalmer, sexton or other person who removes from the place of death, transports or makes final disposition of a dead body or fetus, in addition to filing any certificate or other report required by this chapter or rules adopted pursuant thereto, shall keep a record which shall identify the body, and information pertaining to receipt, removal, delivery, burial or cremation of the body as may be required by rules adopted by the State Registrar of the Center for Health Statistics.

(4) A medical examiner, physician or nurse practitioner authorized by law to sign a death certificate who is notified of the death of a person not under the care of institutions shall keep a record.

(5) Copies of records described in this section shall be sent to the state registrar at least monthly. Records maintained under this section shall be retained by the institution, medical examiner, physician or nurse practitioner and the persons described in subsection (3) of this section for a period of not less than two years and shall be made available for inspection by the state registrar or a representative of the state registrar upon demand. [Amended by 1983 c.709 §22; 1985 c.207 §4; 1997 c.783 §21; 1999 c.80 §70; 2005 c.471 §4]

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