The member States of the Council of Europe, signatory hereto,
Considering that there is an increasing need to simplify formalities relating to the international transfer of corpses;
Bearing in mind that the transfer of corpses does not create a risk to health even if death was due to a communicable disease provided that appropriate measures are taken, in particular with regard to the imperviousness of the coffin,
Article 5
The laissez-passer is issued by the competent authority referred to in Article 8 of this Agreement, after it has ascertained that:
(a) all the medical, health, administrative and legal requirements of the regulations in force in the State of departure relating to the transfer of corpses and, where appropriate, burial and exhumation have been complied with;
(b) the remains have been placed in a coffin which complies with the requirements laid down in Articles 6 and 7 of this Agreement;
(c) the coffin only contains the remains of the person named in the laissez-passer and such personal effects as are to be buried or cremated with the corpse.
Agreement on the Transfer of Corpses
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Article 2
Article 3
Article 4
Article 5
Article 6
Article 7
Article 8
Article 9
Article 10
Article 11
Article 12
Article 13
Article 14
Article 15
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