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The Department of Health shall have the power, and its duty shall be:
(a)?To obtain, collect, compile, and preserve all statistics of marriages, deaths, diseases, of practitioners of medicine and surgery, of midwives, nurses, and undertakers, and of all professions whose occupation is deemed to be of importance in obtaining a complete registration of births, deaths, marriages, and diseases, or other vital statistics;
(b)?To prepare the necessary methods, forms, and blanks, for obtaining and preserving records of registration of births, deaths, marriages, and diseases, and to insure the faithful registration of the same in the townships, boroughs, cities, and counties, of the State, and in the department;
(c)?To see that the laws requiring the registration of births, deaths, marriages, and diseases, are uniformly and thoroughly enforced throughout the State, and prompt returns of such registrations made to the department;
(d)?With the advice and concurrence of the Advisory Health Board, to make appropriate regulations for the thorough organization and efficiency of the registration of the vital statistics throughout the Commonwealth, and to enforce such regulations;
(e)?To issue marriage, birth, and death certificates, and such burial or removal permits, as may now or hereafter be provided by law;
(f)?To establish such districts for the registration of vital statistics, and appoint such registrars, deputies, and sub-registrars, as may be necessary, properly to obtain, collect, compile, and preserve the statistics which the department is required to obtain, collect, compile, and preserve. ?All local registrars, deputies, and sub-registrars, appointed under this section, shall perform such duties as shall be required of them by the department, and shall receive such compensation as may now or hereafter be fixed by law.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Pennsylvania Statutes Title 71 P.S. State Government § 534. Vital statistics (Adm. Code § 2104) - last updated January 01, 2019 | https://codes.findlaw.com/pa/title-71-ps-state-government/pa-st-sect-71-534/
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