Funeral Industry News

  • Funeral Directors: Refrigeration Survey

    12th April 2023 by

    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 by

    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 by

    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 by

    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 by

    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 received...

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  • Covid-19 Safer Workplaces Guidance updates

    27th July 2022 by

    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 by

    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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  • Covid-19: Test and Protect update

    31st March 2022 by

    On 15 March 2022, the First Minister provided an update on Test and Protect within her statement. We published an update to Covid-19 regulations and guidance on 16 March to provide the link to the updated test and protect transitional plan and update to the funeral industry. We have now received more details from Test and...

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  • Covid-19: Face Coverings Update

    30th March 2022 by

    In her statement today (30 March 2022), the First Minister announced that the requirement in regulations for face coverings to be worn at funeral services or commemorative events related to a funeral (such as memorial services) in indoor public places, will be replaced with guidance from 4 April. Face coverings remain an important part of...

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  • Covid-19: Update to regulations and guidance

    16th March 2022 by

    Yesterday, 15 March 2022, the First Minister announced a number of important changes to coronavirus-related restrictions to take place from Monday 21 March, and indicative dates for future easings. From Monday 21 March: the legal requirement on businesses and service providers to retain customer contact details will end; the legal requirement for businesses, places of worship and...

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