(1) Reports of induced termination of
pregnancy are statistical reports only and are not to be incorporated into the
official records of the Division of Vital Records. The reports are to be
forwarded directly to the Department of Health within ten (10) days after the
procedure by the person in charge of the institution in which the procedure was
performed or by the physician in attendance, if the induced termination did not
occur in an institution. The State Registrar is authorized to dispose of such
reports when all statistical processing of the reports has been accomplished.
However, the State Registrar may establish an electronic file of such records,
so that they will be available for future statistical and research projects;
provided, however, such file shall not be made a part of the official records
and the reports shall not be made available for the issuance of certified
copies. Such file shall be retained for as long as the State Registrar deems
necessary and it shall then be destroyed consistent with laws and rules
pertaining to record retention.
A report of fetal death shall be submitted for each fetal death of a fetus
weighing three hundred fifty (350) grams or more or for each fetal death of
twenty (20) completed weeks gestation or more. The State Registrar shall not
maintain any report of fetal death for a fetus weighing less than three hundred
fifty (350) grams or, if weight is not reported, that shows less than twenty
(20) completed weeks of gestation.
(3) The report of fetal death is to be
submitted within ten (10) days after delivery to the State Registrar by the
person in charge of the institution in which the fetus was delivered; or by the
physician in attendance, if the fetal death did not occur in an institution; or
by the appropriate medical examiner, if the fetal death occurred without
noted in 1200-07-01-.07(3)
reports of fetal death are not copied, issued, or otherwise released, except
for statistical or research purposes approved by the State Registrar.
Tenn. Comp. R. &
Original rule filed June
7, 1974. Repeal and new rule filed January 18, 1978; effective February 17,
1978. Amendment filed May 17, 1979; effective July 2, 1979. Amendment filed
August 6, 2002; effective October 20, 2002. Emergency rule filed July 26, 2010;
effective through January 22, 2011. Emergency rule filed July 26, 2010; expired
effective January 23, 2011; rule reverted to its prior status. Amendments filed
November 10, 2010; effective February 8,
Authority: T.C.A. §§
68-3-504, and 68-3-505.