Funeral Industry News
26th April 2020 by funeral-industry-news
Access to COVID-19 testing in Scotland has been widened and that includes to funeral industry workers, if showing symptoms of COVID-19. Please see this publication from 25 April: Coronavirus (COVID-19): testing for key workers in Scotland. It sets out how tests are available. We won’t include details in this post, as the publication states it...
22nd April 2020 by funeral-industry-news
On 1 April our blog post advised that National Records of Scotland (NRS), working with local authorities, have now moved to a remote registration model during the current national emergency. Additionally, local authorities have now, where possible, moved to offering a [Update: 6-day registration service M-Sa, not on Sundays, and which is being kept under...
16th April 2020 by funeral-industry-news
The Scottish Government is going to great lengths to support businesses and is offering a package of support worth £2.3 billion for businesses, which will commit in full all the consequentials we have received from the UK Government for business support measures. Every penny the Scottish Government receives from the UK Government for this purpose...
Scottish Funeral Industry Guidance Available Now For Funeral Directors, Burial and Cremation Authorities, and Funeral Services
13th April 2020 by funeral-industry-news
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...
Register Now To Receive Latest COVID-19 Updates – For All Funeral Directors, Burial Authorities, Cremation Authorities And Any Other Interested Parties
3rd April 2020 by funeral-industry-news
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 COVID-19 communications to reach as many funeral industry members as possible, in particular the unaffiliated businesses. Please register your business/organisation details here: http://eepurl.com/gQxqsn We have, today (Friday, 3 April),...
3rd April 2020 by funeral-industry-news
[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...
1st April 2020 by funeral-industry-news
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
26th March 2020 by funeral-industry-news
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...
Temporary Changes To The Death Certification Review Service’s Administration Of Applications For Repatriation
13th March 2020 by funeral-industry-news
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...
10th March 2020 by funeral-industry-news
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.