In 2019, the Arkansas General Assembly passed Act 975 requiring physician medical certifiers to complete the medical certification of death electronically within three (3) working days after having received the record from the funeral home.
In Arkansas, deaths are registered using an electronic registration system known as ERAVE (Electronic Registration of Arkansas Vital Events). By using this system, a death record can be started by a funeral home, medical certifier, coroner, or medical examiner.
The law now states that if a physician refuses or fails to complete, sign, and return the medical certification to the funeral director within three (3) business days, the funeral director may notify the Arkansas State Medical Board of the failure to comply.
Physician medical certifiers who are unable to comply may request a waiver from the Arkansas Department of Health if they can prove lack of reliable internet, have not received requested training, sign fewer than five certifications per month, or can show other good cause for a waiver.
ADH offers training to all physician medical certifiers on the use of ERAVE, either online or onsite for individuals or groups. Contact the ERAVE Project Team for training help at 501-661-2785.
To view the ERAVE Fact Sheet or learn more information, visit the Arkansas Department of Health at https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/erave.