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Legal and regulatory frameworks

Roles and responsibilities for individuals

Individuals have important roles and responsibilities in a CRVS system. It is their vital events that have been, or will be, registered; and they may be required to act as informants by providing information on a vital event to an authority. Individuals also use the registration system to obtain legal documents like birth and death certificates, and to document the vital events occurring to themselves or their family members.

It is important that individuals are aware of their responsibilities for registering vital events, as set out in the law, and also of the value and benefits to them of the registration of vital events. CRVS law should ensure individuals are motivated to register events promptly and accurately. This can be done, for example, through incentives and the removal of unnecessary barriers to registration, such as fees for registering events within the required period.

The CRVS law should clearly define where, when and how to register vital events, and this information must be communicated to individuals.

Read more

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Statistics Division (2014). Principles and recommendations for a vital statistics system. (Section 641). United Nations, New York.

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