Royal Decree 32/1999, of 15 January, on transfer of functions and services of the State Administration to the City of Ceuta in the area of Health, transfers to the City of Ceuta the competence in matters of Mortuary Health Police, in its Annex B), section f), culminating the forecast of the Statute of Autonomy of the City, approved by the Organic Law 1/1995 of March 13, which in its article 21.1.19.ª indicates as competence of the City the subjects of Health and hygiene.

The time that has elapsed since the publication of Decree 2263/1974 of July 20, which approved the Mortuary Health Police Regulations, has led to substantial changes in social habits and in the precautions necessary to guarantee public health. It has been considered necessary, therefore, to review profusely the current state legislation, in order to identify those provisions that are already anachronistic, and to introduce the changes that adapt them to the social reality and the current state of knowledge in this field, as well As well as to the legal organization of the City.

Two are the fundamental purposes of this Regulation. On the one hand, to adapt and update the current regulations in matters of mortuary health to the current reality, both as regards the customs and customs around death, as well as the advancement of techniques and the epidemiological situation of diseases Communicable diseases. Moreover, it is intended to streamline and simplify, as far as possible, precise administrative procedures, without detracting from the guarantees for safeguarding public health. Visit for more details.

The Regulation addresses the fundamental aspects of mortuary health, structured into four Titles. Title one contains the requirements and conditions for the manipulations, transfers and final destination of corpses and cadaveric remains. The second Title is dedicated to funeral companies, their authorization and registration regime, and specifies the requirements that their facilities have to fulfill with special care in regard to tanks and wake. The third Title regulates crematoria, cemeteries and other authorized burial places, and establishes conditions of construction, reform and closure in accordance with the current construction techniques. Finally, Title Four deals with aspects related to inspection and sanctioning regime, according to the current legislation. The text is supplemented by three additional provisions, two transitional provisions and two final provisions.

Regarding the religious denominations that maintain Cooperation Agreements with the State, this Regulation is respectful of these, according to the Laws 24/1992, 25/1992 and 26/1992, of Agreements of cooperation of the State with the Federation of Religious Entities Evangelicals of Spain, with the Federation of Israeli Communities of Spain and with the Islamic Commission of Spain, respectively. In addition, and in accordance with the peculiar orographic characteristics of the City, specific procedures are specified that favor the good-neighborly practices that the custom has maintained until the present time.

According to the Council of State, and following the approval by the Plenum of the Assembly of the City of Ceuta at its meeting held on December 23, 2002,