Utah Administrative Code

The Utah Administrative Code is the body of all effective administrative rules as compiled and organized by the Division of Administrative Rules (see Subsection 63G-3-102(5); see also Sections 63G-3-701 and 702).

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R448. Health, Disease Control and Prevention, Medical Examiner.

Rule R448-10. Unattended Death and Reporting Requirements.

As in effect on January 1, 2020

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R448-10-1. Authority and Purpose.

This rule is authorized by Utah Code Section 26-1-5. It clarifies the meaning of unattended death under the provisions of Utah Code Subsection 26-4-2(8) and the requirements of Utah Code Section 26-4-8.

R448-10-2. Death Under Physician's Care and Supervision.

For purposes of Utah Code Subsection 26-4-2(8), an individual whose care is directly supervised by a physician and who has been seen by a licensed nurse whose activity is directly supervised by the physician is deemed to have been seen by the physician within the scope of the physician's professional capacity.

R448-10-3. Reporting Requirement.

(1) If a death occurs and the individual's care within 30 days prior to death was not directly supervised by a physician or if the individual was not seen by a licensed nurse whose activity is directly supervised by the individual's treating physician, then the death must be reported as required under Utah Code Section 26-4-8.

(2) All other deaths that meet the criteria in Utah Code Section 26-4-7, must be reported as required by Utah Code Section 26-4-8.

(3) As required by R432-750-29, a hospice is required to report all deaths supervised by the hospice if the death was a result from injury, accident, or other possible unnatural cause.


medical examiner, unattended death, reporting death

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

June 19, 2000

Notice of Continuation

April 5, 2019

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

26-1-5; 26-4-2; 26-4-7; 26-4-8

Additional Information


For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R448, please contact the promulgating agency (Health, Disease Control and Prevention, Medical Examiner). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.