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Legal and regulatory frameworks

The importance of legal and regulatory frameworks

CRVS law refers to all legal provisions that address civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems and define the purpose, scope, operations, procedures and organisation of the systems. CRVS laws provide for the efficient management of the civil registration and the vital statistics systems.

Making registration activities subject to the law, and establishing procedural rules and regulations, is essential for the efficient management, operation and maintenance of CRVS systems. Legislation helps to ensure the completeness of registration and to improve the accuracy of information held in the civil record.

Obligatory registration, deadlines, and penalties for noncompliance cannot be enforced without relevant laws in place. Laws are also needed to safeguard the personal information of individuals by ensuring data remain confidential, secure and protected against misuse. 

Finally, a legal basis is needed to guarantee the permanence, continuity, universality and compulsoriness of civil registration systems.

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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Statistics Division (2014). Principles and recommendations for a vital statistics system. (Section 304). United Nations, New York.

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