Handling of Abortus (defined as Abortus that is NOT "Still-birth" Note)
The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) has commissioned its first facility for keeping abortuses since 11 April 2019 –
|Keeping facility for Abortus||Address||Telephone|
|"Garden of Forever Love"||Wo Hop Shek, Fanling, N.T. (near Kiu Tau Road Columbarium, Phase V)||2696 4031|
To apply for keeping of Abortus at "Garden of Forever Love", the concerned father and/or mother is/are required to be resident(s) of Hong Kong.
Applicants should submit in person the completed application form and the "Documentation on Abortus" or other documentary proof issued by local medical practitioner/hospital/registered healthcare facility to the Cemeteries and Crematoria office of FEHD in Hung Hom or Happy Valley. For application made by fax, post or e-form, FEHD will require the applicant in a subsequent scheduled session to submit the original copy of supporting document(s) for verification.
Application form can be downloaded from the FEHD website (http://www.fehd.gov.hk).
In general, approval will be granted by FEHD within 3 working days from the date of receipt of a duly completed application and required supporting document(s). This keeping service is free of charge.
Keeping of Abortus
Upon approval of the application, the applicant shall liaise with concerned hospital/registered healthcare facility and FEHD staff and shall retrieve the abortus from the authority/person in possession of the abortus and thereafter place the abortus in the keeping facility of FEHD on the same day. Applicant shall make appointment with FEHD staff not less than 2 working days before the scheduled date for placing of abortus. The keeping space for abortus is assigned by FEHD. The applicant shall hire his/her own service provider for digging the assigned keeping space for abortus (with a depth of 500 mm) and refilling the keeping space by soil up to the ground level after placing the abortus therein. With a view to fulfilling the biodegradable purpose, the container for keeping the abortus must be made by paper or carton. It will be provided by the concerned hospital/registered healthcare facility, though the applicant may opt for using his or her own container. The length, width and height of the container allowed for placing into the keeping space shall not exceed 360 mm, 240 mm and 180 mm respectively. Placing of any non-biodegradable objects inside the container or the assigned keeping space is not allowed. Under all circumstances, abortus (together with container and other items) kept in the keeping facility is not retrievable. FEHD may re-use the concerned keeping space after the abortus is returned to nature.
Moreover, the applicant may also apply for mounting a commemorative plaque at the keeping facility. The commemorative plaque space is allocated by FEHD free of charge. However, the applicant shall engage a registered contractor of FEHD for the mounting of commemorative plaque.
Offices of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Section
|Hong Kong Cemeteries and Crematoria Office||Kowloon Cemeteries and Crematoria Office|
|Address: 1J Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong (next to Hong Kong Cemetery)||Address: Upper Ground Floor, 6 Cheong Hang Road, Hung Hom, Kowloon|
Tel. : 2570 4318
Tel. : 2365 5321
Fax : 2591 1879
Fax : 2176 4963
Note: "Still-birth" is defined as abortus that has been issued with a Certificate of Still-birth referred to as Form 13 under the Births and Deaths Registration Ordinance (Cap. 174).