The establishment of a standing National Committee on Infant Cremation was a key recommendation of the Rt Hon. Lord Bonomy's Report of the Infant Cremation Commission, published on June 17, 2014.
On the same day, the Minister for Public Health, Mr Michael Matheson, made a formal statement to Parliament in which he accepted all 64 Bonomy recommendations, including - as a priority - the formation of the National Committee.
The National Committee's main aims and objectives are set out in Recommendations 57 to 62 of the Report of the Infant Cremation Commission, and can be summarised as:
- Develop, promote and annually review a Code of Practice on baby and infant cremations which reflects contemporary standards and best practice
- Ensure all recommendations from the Infant Cremation Commission are implemented, through a combination of strategic oversight, monitoring and also through direct tasks which will be undertaken by expert Working Groups set up by the National Committee.
- Promote improvements in practice, technology, policy and legislation
- Report annually to Ministers on standards and practice in baby and infant cremations
The National Committee is chaired by Scottish Government, and has more than twenty members from multiple organisations and sectors including: clinical and neonatal experts; cremator manufacturers; crematoria and funeral directors representative organisations; bereavement organisations; private and local authority cremation authorities and policy officials from England and Wales, and Northern Ireland. Over its first year, it has also benefited from two parent representative members, to ensure that those who have been most affected by issues in the past have a real say in improvements to policy, practice and law now and in the future.
The National Committee will meet two to three times per year. More detailed information including its full membership, a regularly updated Work Plan, and meeting agendas and approved minutes is available: