Funeral Industry News

  • NRS Registration Service – Remote Registration Information and FAQ

    1st April 2020 by

    National Records Scotland have provided information for the funeral industry which outlines key parts of the remote death and stillbirth registration system. This is accessible here:  https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/files/registration/280c374ccc0108e0ad0c0515b99a60b4.pdf There is a full FAQ available from NRS on Registering a Death (and registrations in general), which is accessible here: https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/registration/registering-a-death

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  • The Status Of Funeral Directors As Key Workers

    26th March 2020 by

    Update (31 March): Social distancing measures are for everyone, including businesses. We should all be trying to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This remains important for the Critical National Infrastructure sector and those identified as Key Workers. Please familiarise yourself with this guidance if you run...

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  • Suspension Of The Review Of Medical Certificates Of Cause Of Death

    26th March 2020 by

    Under the UK Coronavirus Act 2020, Scottish Ministers have made the decision today to suspend the referral of Medical Certificates of Cause of Death (MCCD) to the Death Certification Review Service (DCRS) for review.  This came into effect from 14:00 today (26 March). This decision has been made to enable the DCRS to deploy their...

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  • Updated Guidance Available From Health Protection Scotland

    26th March 2020 by

    This is official guidance produced jointly by the Department of Health and Social Care, Public Health Wales, Public Health Agency (Northern Ireland), Health Protection Scotland and Public Health England. Health Protection Scotland (HPS) advice, which links to UK-wide advice on pandemic coronavirus infection control, including guidance on the appropriate handling of COVID-19 deceased, can now...

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  • Funerals exempted from the lockdown, but limited to immediate family only in Scotland

    25th March 2020 by

    On Monday evening (23 March), the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, delivered an address setting out what the new UK-wide lockdown measures mean for Scotland.  Measures that were introduced by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, only moments earlier. Echoing the Prime Minister, the First Minister said that the people of Scotland must stay at home, with...

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  • Temporary Changes To The Death Certification Review Service’s Administration Of Applications For Repatriation

    13th March 2020 by

    The Death Certification Review Service (DCRS) is temporarily changing the way that applications for repatriation are administered and will suspend the need to certify documents.  It will still be necessary to obtain authorisation for repatriation from DCRS for these cases. Removing the requirement to certify these documents, means that DCRS will be able to process...

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  • NAFD’s Pandemic Planning Documents Available For All Funeral Directors

    13th March 2020 by

    A big ‘thank you’ to the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) for sending us a range of pandemic planning and resilience documents and templates that they have created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These are available at the links below.  They are also available on NAFD’s own site, for non-members too, alongside a...

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  • Latest Figures and Advice on Coronavirus in Scotland – Updated 2PM Each Day

    10th March 2020 by

    The latest figures and advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland is available here: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/ The information on this page is reviewed and updated at 2PM each day.  Please check it regularly.

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  • Health Protection Scotland Publish COVID-19 Guidance for Non- Healthcare Settings

    9th March 2020 by

    Health Protection Scotland have released guidance that applies to those working in the funeral industry, including funeral directors and their staff. Section 2.4 of the guidance points to other already released guidance that most of those working in the industry will be aware of, but there is new information available on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)...

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  • Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Guidance

    4th February 2020 by

    Guidance for healthcare providers assessing possible cases of Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has been published by Public Health England (PHE). https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-infection-prevention-and-control/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-wn-cov-infection-prevention-and-control-guidance For the interests of funeral directors, section 20 of the guidance ‘Handling dead bodies’ is particularly relevant.

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