Please see the links below for guidance and downloads on a range of subjects and issues:
- Baby and Infant Funerals – Policy and Guidance
- Body Parts
- BRAMM – British Register of Accredited Memorial Masons
- Charter for the Bereaved
- Cremation Guidance – Use of Auto Shutdown Functions in Crematoria
- Foetal Remains Policy and Baby and Infant Cremation
- Health & Safety
- Holding Over Cremations
- Management of Memorials
- Mercury & Emissions
- Pandemic Planning
- PI Questionnaires
- Recycling Floral Tributes
- Recycling of Metals
- Reuse of Graves
- Transfer of Rights
- VAT on Funerals
Scotland – New Requirements of Reporting the Opening of a New Crematorium
The Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 repeals the Cremation Act 1902 with effect from 4 April 2019. The minimum distance requirement for a crematorium from residential housing will no longer apply. There is now a new procedure to be followed before a new crematorium can start operating. This is set out in section 59 of the 2016 Act. Section 60 of the 2016 Act sets out the penalties that may apply if these requirements are not complied with. A Guidance Note issue by the Scottish Government on the new procedure can be downloaded here.
Joint Guidance on Coffin Weights in Scotland
Following the introduction of the Cremation (Scotland) Regulations 2019, the NAFD, Scottish SAIF, ICCM and FBCA have published joint guidance on dealing with the requirement for funeral directors to submit the weight of a coffin to the cremation authority. This guidance is for the interim period of 6 months to allow funeral directors time to purchase appropriate weighing machines. The guidance can downloaded here
Cremation (Scotland) Regulations 2019
The Scottish Government issued Guidance on the new Cremation Regulations on 5th April 2019. A copy of the Guidance can be downloaded here.
Updated Guidance from the Scottish Government
New cremation forms in Scotland came into use on 4th April 2019. The Scottish Government has issued some updated guidance relating to the new forms, which can be read here.
Scotland – Revised Form A6 and Cremation Registers
The Scottish Government have issued updated guidance on a revised Form A6 and on cremation registers. You can read the updated guidance here, and download a copy of the revised Form A6 here.
Scottish Government Stakeholder Toolkit
The Scottish Government has published a stakeholder toolkit on devolved Social Security benefits, including the Funeral Expense Assistance, which is being introduced this year. More information can be viewed here
Scottish Government Infant Cremation Code of Practice
The Scottish Government has published their Infant Cremation Code of Practice on their website. The Code can be viewed here
Scottish Government Guidance on Funeral Costs
The Scottish Government have published guidance on funeral costs. A news release can be seen here. A copy of the Guidance can be seen here.