The government issued a release today saying nurse practitioners and other authorized professionals can sign the documents under regulatory changes that took effect Wednesday.
The changes to the Vital Statistics Act were passed in December 2011.
Previously, only doctors and medical examiners could sign them, which allowed a funeral director to remove a body.
The president of the Funeral Service Association of Nova Scotia says the new rules allow for a more expedient removal of a body when a medical examiner or doctor is not available.
Nurse practitioners are expected to begin signing the certificates after training has been completed in March.