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SEPA Media Release On Its Response To COVID-19 For Industry

14th April 2020

SEPA has announced the steps they are taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read their media release at the link: Bookmark their media announcements page to stay aware of new guidance or regulatory changes SEPA may release.

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Scottish Funeral Industry Guidance Available Now For Funeral Directors, Burial and Cremation Authorities, and Funeral Services

13th April 2020

We have created three guidance documents relevant to the funeral industry.  These are available at the links below. The guidance documents are: Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for funeral directors (This guidance is for funeral directors to help manage their services during the current pandemic.)   Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for burial and cremation authorities (This guidance is…

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Data Protection Impact Assessment And Privacy Notice For Our MailChimp Registration Form

7th April 2020

The Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) and privacy notice related to our MailChimp registration form used to capture the business details of funeral industry members in order to plan inspections and issue communications directly to industry members are available in full to download here. These have been reviewed and updated in September 2020. Burial and…

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Register Now to Receive Latest Updates – For All Funeral Directors, Burial Authorities, Cremation Authorities and Any Other Interested Parties

3rd April 2020

In the future, it will be our responsibility to register the business/organisation details of every member of Scotland’s funeral industry. For now, we just want our communications to reach as many funeral industry members as possible, in particular the unaffiliated businesses. Please register your business/organisation details here: We have mailed out postcards to hundreds…

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Supplementary Form For Cremation Applications – Temporary Change With Immediate Effect

3rd April 2020

[Please also see this post from a September 17 update]   TEMPORARY CHANGE WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT – APPLICATIONS FOR CREMATION We are aware that many funeral directors and cremation authorities are experiencing difficulties in obtaining signatures from those applying for cremation due to following NHS Inform advice on social distancing and self-isolation in response to…

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NRS Registration Service – Remote Registration Information and FAQ

1st April 2020

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: There is a full FAQ available from NRS on Registering a Death (and registrations in general), which is accessible here:

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The Status Of Funeral Directors As Key Workers

26th March 2020

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

13th March 2020

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

10th March 2020

The latest figures and advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland is available here: 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

Health Protection Scotland have released guidance that applies to those working in the funeral industry, including funeral directors and their staff. Sections of the guidance point 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) requirements;…

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