Why is it important to send the MSF 4605 (formerly RBD/1) to the RSS as soon as possible?

Because until the death is registered by the RSS (which can only be done on receipt of the MSF 4605 form), a Certificate of Death cannot be issued by the RSS and the relatives of the deceased cannot make an insurance claim or wind up his estate, etc.

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