Repatriation of bodies abroad

Some countries require a cadaver certificate before they will allow a body into the country for burial or cremation. This certificate confirms that there has not been any epidemics of infectious diseases three months preceding the death.

The formality of obtaining the cadaver certificate is usually handled by the undertaker who makes the arrangements on behalf of the relatives. The funeral directors will also help with anything requested by the coroner and with any requirements of the authorities in the overseas country where the deceased is being taken.

If the deceased died or needs to be exhumed in Tower Hamlets, the cadaver certificate is issued by the council’s environmental health officer.