Agreement On The Transfer Of Corpses

6. It was also pointed out that, while certain provisions of the Europe Agreement were more stringent than those of the Berlin Agreement, difficulties of the same nature could arise, since a State which is a party to the Europe Agreement is not obliged to accept the greatest possibilities provided for in Article 2(2) of the Agreement, where a transfer has been initiated in accordance with the Berlin Agreement. 29. Where the cause of death is a contagious disease, Article 6(2) provides that the body must be wrapped in a shroud impregnated with an antiseptic solution. It is a question of establishing an additional condition for a particular case of body transfer; It is clear from the text of the agreement that this condition must absolutely be met in all cases. 26. The purpose of this provision is to ensure that the transfer of bodies, irrespected of the means of transport, is carried out in such a way as to eliminate any risk to public health or any inconvenience which might be caused either by the duration of the transport of the body, by climatic factors, or by the specific problems caused by high-altitude transport by jet aircraft. The general provisions of paragraph 1 of this Article shall apply to all modes of transport, whether road, rail, sea or air, subject to the special provisions on air transport referred to in paragraph 3. However, it goes without saying that this article, which deals exclusively with the transfer of bodies, cannot in any way affect the existing practice of the States signatories to the Berlin Agreement, in accordance with Article 9 therein, which deals with the special situation of death on board ships. That`s right. The addition of “or any other self-destructive material” was made so as not to exclude new materials being manufactured, such as self-destructive plastics. 19. Under Article 5 of the Agreement, the issue of a laissez-passer is subject, first, to the medical, health, administrative and legal requirements of the rules in force in the State of departure on the transfer of bodies and, where appropriate, to funerals and exhumations and, second, to the conditions of the coffin and its contents laid down in the Convention.

32. The purpose of this Article is to prevent the Parties from doubting the application of the provisions of this Agreement (in particular Articles 3 and 5) and from obtaining the information necessary to facilitate the transfer of the body in question. 25. With regard to the question of whether or not to allow the transport of personal items with the body, such as crowns, bouquets, crucifixes, etc., it was agreed that they could accompany the body, subject to the law on the import and export of such objects to the States participating in a given transfer, provided that they are buried or cremated. (20) In accordance with Article 2, the conditions for the coffin laid down in the Agreement are the maximum requirements which may be laid down for the international transfer of a body. However, national legislation may impose different conditions with regard to human remains which concern matters other than those of the coffin. . .

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