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Cremation Regulations

The Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 provides a modern, comprehensive legislative framework for burial and cremation. The existing legislation was outdated and increasingly unfit for purpose. Many of the Act’s provisions are rooted in recommendations made by various review groups, particularly the Infant Cremation Commission and the Burial and Cremation Review Group.

The Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 received Royal Assent in April 2016. The Act provides the powers for Scottish Ministers to prescribe in regulations procedures for how cremations will be carried out in Scotland.

The purpose of this consultation was to seek views on draft regulations being made under the 2016 Act. The contents of the draft regulations are a culmination of many years of work and have been informed by the Parliamentary Bill procedure, stakeholder working groups, more general stakeholder engagement and the Inspector of Crematoria. The law on cremation is currently set out in the Cremation Act 1902 and various regulations. Once the 2016 Act is fully implemented the 1902 Act will no longer have effect in Scotland.

The consultation opened on 15th May 2017 and closed on 9th June 2017.

Submitted responses, where consent has been given to publish the response, can be viewed below. 

Cremation Regulations Consultation Document

Downloadable document:

Title:Cremation Regulations
Description:Published responses received
File:Cremation Regulations Consultation Document [PDF, 371.9 kb: 27 Oct 2017]
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Responses to Cremation Regulations Consultation

Downloadable documents:

Title:Cremation Regulations
Description:Published responses received
File:1. Anonymous [PDF, 11.6 kb: 26 Apr 2018]
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File:2. Little's Funeral Service [PDF, 10.8 kb: 26 Apr 2018]
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File:3. South Ayrshire Council [PDF, 14.6 kb: 26 Apr 2018]
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File:4. Brodie's Funeral Services [PDF, 17.8 kb: 26 Apr 2018]
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File:5. Anonymous [PDF, 12.5 kb: 26 Apr 2018]
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File:6. David Pedelty [PDF, 15.0 kb: 26 Apr 2018]
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File:7. Jim Nickerson [PDF, 15.2 kb: 26 Apr 2018]
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File:8. Anonymous [PDF, 15.7 kb: 26 Apr 2018]
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File:9. Anonymous [PDF, 16.3 kb: 26 Apr 2018]
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File:10. Anonymous [PDF, 14.4 kb: 26 Apr 2018]
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File:11. Anonymous [PDF, 15.8 kb: 26 Apr 2018]
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File:12. Edinburgh Crematorium Ltd [PDF, 12.5 kb: 26 Apr 2018]
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File:13. Anonymous [PDF, 12.0 kb: 26 Apr 2018]
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File:14. Anonymous [PDF, 11.9 kb: 26 Apr 2018]
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File:14. Anonymous - Supplementary [PDF, 63.9 kb: 26 Apr 2018]
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File:15. David MacColl [PDF, 10.9 kb: 26 Apr 2018]
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File:16. Anonymous [PDF, 12.0 kb: 26 Apr 2018]
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File:17. NHS Lothian Multi-Agency and Infant Loss Group [PDF, 16.6 kb: 26 Apr 2018]
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File:18. Anonymous [PDF, 16.9 kb: 26 Apr 2018]
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File:19. Anonymous [PDF, 99.2 kb: 26 Apr 2018]
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File:20. The Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities [PDF, 206.1 kb: 26 Apr 2018]
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File:21. Anatomy Department - University of Glasgow [PDF, 15.3 kb: 26 Apr 2018]
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File:22. Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology [PDF, 98.0 kb: 26 Apr 2018]
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File:23. Institute of Cemetery & Crematorium Management [PDF, 13.8 kb: 26 Apr 2018]
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File:24. Ken West [PDF, 15.6 kb: 26 Apr 2018]
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File:25. NHS Grampian [PDF, 81.3 kb: 26 Apr 2018]
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File:26. Anonymous [PDF, 6.9 kb: 26 Apr 2018]
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File:27. Michaela McLean [PDF, 533.1 kb: 26 Apr 2018]
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File:28. Death Certification Review Service [PDF, 137.3 kb: 26 Apr 2018]
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File:29. Tim Purvis [PDF, 311.9 kb: 26 Apr 2018]
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File:30. Anonymous [PDF, 170.5 kb: 26 Apr 2018]
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