A sound legal framework provides the basis for a universal and responsive CRVS system. Reviewing and updating of relevant legislation, regulations and policies is often a first step and common priority in a comprehensive multisectoral national CRVS strategy. It is especially important that the legal framework for CRVS does not create discriminatory barriers to civil registration.

Example activities

  • Reviewing and amending legislation, policies and regulations in adherence with international standards, as described by the United Nations, in order to ensure access to registration for all without discrimination;
  • Reviewing and amending policies, legislation and regulations in order to ensure that registration of births and deaths is free of charge or with a low fee for late registration;
  • Reviewing and amending policies, legislation and regulations to protect the confidentiality of personal data in civil registration records;
  • Putting measures in place to protect the integrity of civil registration records and prevent fraudulent registration of vital events;
  • Reviewing and amending policies, legislation and regulations pertaining to the certification of deaths, ensuring that they are aligned with international standards as defined by the World Health Organization;
  • Ensuring uniform implementation of regulations across the jurisdiction.