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

25th August 2023

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’)…

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Body Donation In Scotland: Understanding What Happens After A Person Dies

19th July 2023

Body donor programmes make an important contribution to medical education activities across Scotland. This NHS Education for Scotland video provides guidance for health and social care staff in Scotland on what to do after the death of someone who wished to donate their body to medical science. It’s of particular relevance to doctors, but may…

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Repatriation: Possible Fatal Accident Inquiry

13th June 2023

Where someone who is ordinarily resident in Scotland dies abroad and their body is to be repatriated to Scotland the death must be registered first in the country where it occurred.  The Death Certification Review Service (DCRS) deals with applications for repatriation. DCRS will review the paperwork from the country where the death occurred, the…

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Funeral Directors: Refrigeration Survey

12th April 2023

The Scottish Government is seeking to understand how many funeral directors in Scotland have, or have access to, refrigeration or cold room storage for the storage of the deceased. This information will help inform the Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) that is required for the Scottish Government to implement the Funeral Director: Code of…

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Repatriation – Quick Guide Form for Funeral Directors

26th January 2023

The Death Certification Review Service (DCRS) has produced a helpful repatriation quick guide form for funeral directors. This displays the sections of the statutory forms which are often completed incorrectly and guides the funeral director on how to complete these sections. This is a one page printable document which is hoped will be a useful…

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Updated Draft Funeral Director: Code of Practice

23rd January 2023

Today (23 January) an updated draft of the Funeral Director: Code of Practice was published. The updated draft Code will be key to underpinning the statutory inspection of funeral directors in Scotland. The first iteration of the draft Code was published on the Scottish Government website in June 2019. It was developed with significant input…

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Booking Registrar Appointments to Register a Death

1st November 2022

A number of registrars have noticed an increase in some funeral directors sending copies of medical certificates of cause of death (MCCD) to more than one registrar’s office at the same time and booking a number of appointments to register the same death. Presumably this is done to give families options and find the earliest…

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Provisional Bookings for Burial or Cremation Prior to Registration of Death

2nd August 2022

A Certificate of Registration of Death (‘Form 14’) is required under section 27A of the Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Scotland) Act 1965 before a burial or cremation can take place in Scotland.   Under the 1965 Act, it is the responsibility of burial and cremation authorities to ensure the appropriate paperwork has been…

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Covid-19 Safer Workplaces Guidance updates

27th July 2022

On 26 July 2022, the Scottish Government updated the Safer workplaces and Public settings guidance in regards to Covid-19. Whilst there are no longer any legal requirements for businesses, in regards to Covid-19 mitigations, it is important we continue to take precautions in order to limit potential transmission of Covid-19 for the sake of public…

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Funeral Sector Inspectorate and Funeral Director Licensing

23rd May 2022

We are progressing implementation of the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 and the related regulations, codes of practice and guidance which will impact the funeral sector. Please look out for our postcard requesting you to provide us with some information about your business. Why we need your information We are setting up the Funeral…

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