The department shall:

  1. Establish an office of vital records with suitable offices, which shall be properly equipped with fireproof vault and filing cases for the preservation of all official records made and received under this chapter or under the regulations of the department;
  2. Make and amend, with the approval of the public health council [repealed], regulations necessary for the creation and efficient performance of an adequate system of vital records, and give instructions and prescribe forms for collecting, transcribing, compiling and preserving vital records;
  3. Enforce this chapter and the regulations made pursuant to this chapter;
  4. Provide a seal of office;
  5. Divide the state into vital records registration districts. The department may from time to time, as conditions justify, change their boundaries. The subdivisions of the state on July 1, 1977, shall be continued until changed by the department; and
  6. Make and amend rules and regulations necessary for the tracking and disposition of an aborted fetus or aborted fetal tissue resulting from surgical abortions.

Terms Used In Tennessee Code 68-3-103

  • Department: means the department of health. See Tennessee Code 68-3-102
  • Public health council: means the council established in §. See Tennessee Code 68-3-102
  • Registration: means the acceptance by the office of vital records and the incorporation of vital records provided for in this chapter into its official records. See Tennessee Code 68-3-102
  • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • System of vital records: includes the registration, collection, preservation, amendment, and certification of vital records, and the collection of other reports required by this chapter. See Tennessee Code 68-3-102
  • Vital records: means certificates or reports of birth, death, marriage, divorce or annulment and other records related thereto. See Tennessee Code 68-3-102