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Public consultations launched: views sought on new regulations for the funeral sector in Scotland

August 25, 2023 by No Comments | Category Uncategorized

The Scottish Government has today launched a collection of public consultations on different aspects of regulation of the funeral sector in Scotland. The proposed regulations in the consultations are to be made under the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016.

The collection of four consultations cover regulations on the following topics:

  • Alkaline hydrolysis (‘water cremation’)
  • Burial
  • Inspection of burial authorities, cremation authorities and funeral directors
  • Licensing for funeral directors

The consultations are all available on the Scottish Government’s consultation hub, Citizen Space.

The consultations will be live from 25 August  – 17 November 2023. We strongly encourage members of the public and the funeral sector to respond to the consultations. Responses will help shape our next steps.

We plan to run public engagement events while the consultations are live, if there is sufficient public interest, to give people the opportunity to discuss the consultations and ask questions. We’ll update this page with details of events as they are planned. We invite you to register your interest by emailing