x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

UAE Birth and death registration revamped

A new federal law intended to unify and improve the country's births and deaths registration process has been approved.

DUBAI // A new federal law intended to unify and improve the country's births and deaths registration process has been approved. "The idea is to regulate the issuing of birth and death certificates. Instead of local certificates issued by individual emirates, we will now have a federal certificate," Dr Mahmoud Fikri, the executive director for policy at the Ministry of Health, said yesterday.

Under the new regulations, he said, deaths will have to be reported to the Government within 30 days. Those who fail to do so will face fines. Dr Fikri added that the system was going online. "All this information would be linked to an online system so that information would be available easily to government departments." The new legislation replaces regulations introduced in 1975. @Email:pmenon@thenational.ae