Funeral Industry News

  • Temporary Changes to the Death Certification Review Service

    18th January 2021 by

    The Death Certification Review Service (DCRS), run by Healthcare Improvement Scotland, checks on the accuracy of a sample of Medical Certificates of Cause of Death (MCCDs); also referred to as Form 11. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on clinical services, the review of randomised MCCDs and Interested Person Reviews, were temporarily suspended...

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  • Funeral Director: Code of Practice – Opportunity to Participate in Focus Groups With Scottish Government

    13th January 2021 by

    In 2019 the Burial and Cremation Team at the Scottish Government carried out a consultation on their draft Funeral Director: Code of Practice. The Report of this consultation is currently being finalised for publication, having been delayed by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. We welcomed, and deeply appreciated, the responses received to the consultation....

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  • Stepping up the Scottish Government Key Worker Hub

    7th January 2021 by

    Part of the First Minister’s announcement of “lockdown measures”, is the use of remote learning until the end of January 2021, except in the case of vulnerable children and those of key workers. The Scottish Government has reinstated the keyworker mailbox and it is now live at However the local authority should remain the...

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  • Main Guidance Documents Updated – Lockdown Changes 5 January 2021

    6th January 2021 by

    On Tuesday 5 January 2021, mainland Scotland moved from Level 4 to a temporary lockdown. In areas under lockdown, from the start of Friday 8 January, post-funeral gatherings such as wakes or funeral teas are not permitted. These new restrictions were announced by the First Minister on Monday 4 January 2021.  The First Minister’s statement is...

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  • Supplementary Form For Cremation Applications – Update

    5th January 2021 by

    We previously blogged about when to use the supplementary form for applications for cremation on 3 April and on 17 September.  From 5 January 2021 mainland Scotland has been moved from level 4 to a temporary lockdown which is likely to mean that it will again be more difficult for funeral directors and cremation authorities...

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  • Mainland Scotland in Lockdown

    4th January 2021 by

    The First Minister has today announced new ‘lockdown’ measures for all areas of Scotland currently in level 4 (all of mainland Scotland). Under these lockdown measures, funeral services may continue and in-person attendance at funeral services continues to be limited to a maximum of 20 people. Funeral-related commemorative events (e.g. scattering of ashes or stone...

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  • Travel for Funerals Not Impacted by New Restrictions

    21st December 2020 by

    The travel restrictions announced on Saturday evening by the First Minister and Prime Minister will prevent cross border travel between Scotland and other parts of the UK and vice versa.  However, the move to Level 4 from 26 December will not change the current position on travelling to attend or conduct a funeral.  People will continue...

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  • The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA): Funerals Market Investigation

    18th December 2020 by

    The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has concluded its market investigation into funeral services in the UK which was launched in June 2018.  The final report was published on Friday 18 December 2020 containing its analysis of, and remedies for, the sector.  You can read the final report here.

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  • Appointment of Inspectors of Burial, Cremation and Funeral Directors

    11th December 2020 by

    Joe FitzPatrick, Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing has appointed two Inspectors of Burial, Cremation and Funeral Directors. Robert Swanson QPM is appointed as Senior Inspector of Burial, Cremation and Funeral Directors and Professor Gordon Findlater is appointed as Inspector of Burial, Cremation and Funeral Directors.  Their appointments are effective immediately. Members of the...

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  • COVID-19: Modelling the Epidemic in Scotland

    3rd December 2020 by

    The Scottish Government issues a weekly report on the modelling of the spread and level of COVID-19 in Scotland. The reports are available to view and download here. Modelling allows us to make short-term forecasts of what may happen with a degree of uncertainty. These can be of use in health care and wider public...

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