Disclosure of Autopsy Reports by request per ND Century Code 23-01-05.5
- The decedent’s personal representative and to the decedent’s spouse,
child, or parent, upon proof of the relationship, if there is no active
- A physician or hospital who treated the deceased immediately prior
to death if there is no active criminal investigation.
- An insurance company upon proof that the decedent’s life was
covered by a policy issued by the company if there is no active criminal
- The food and drug administration (FDA), the national
transportation safety board (NTSB), the occupational safety and health
administration (OSHA), and any other federal or state agency with authority
to obtain an autopsy report to investigate a death resulting from the
decedent’s type of injury or illness.
- A Professional or research organization collecting data to
initiate or advance death investigation standards, after the identifiers
necessary to create a limited data set under title 45, Code of Federal
Regulations, part 164, section 514, subsection e have been removed from the
The state forensic examiner or the examiner’s designee shall disclose a copy of
the autopsy report:
- To any county coroner, including a coroner in any state or Canadian
province, with jurisdiction over the death, and the coroner may use or
disclose these records for purposes of an investigation, inquest, or
- To any state’s attorney or criminal justice agency, including a
prosecutor or criminal justice agency of the United States, any state, or
any Canadian province, with jurisdiction over an investigation of the death
and the state’s attorney or criminal justice agency may use or disclose
these records for the purposes of an investigation or prosecution.
- To workforce safety and insurance (WSI) if the death is related to
the decedent’s work, and to any other worker’s compensation or other similar
program, established by law, that provides benefits for work-related
injuries or illness without regard to fault if there is no criminal
- To the child fatality review panel if there is no active criminal
- In accordance with a court order.