We are working on a range of issues relating to death and end of life.




Burial and cremation

Incorrect practices in the past have resulted in public inquiries into the cremation industry and the wider sector  - for example funeral director businesses.

In 2014, the Minister for Public Health announced the establishment of a National Investigation into infant cremations in Scotland. A report of the Infant Cremation Commission was published in June 2014 together with the SG response to the report. The National Cremation Investigation report published in June 2016,  provided specific answers to affected families in the Edinburgh area, as well as some wider recommendations. 

These developments resulted in the passing of the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 and the regulatory intervention of Scottish Government under this Act.

The 2016 Act will make much-needed improvements to burial and cremation process in Scotland.  

Bills and legislation

The Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 will make improvements to the burial and cremation process in Scotland. Additional information about the passage of the Bill is available on the Scottish Parliament website. 

The regulations for the funeral sector inspectorate and funeral director licensing scheme are being developed, see our revised privacy notice setting out how we will use your information.

The Certification of Death (Scotland) Act 2011 introduced a single system of independent scrutiny of deaths that do not require investigation by a Procurator Fiscal. It also aimed to improve the quality and accuracy of Medical Certificates of Cause of Death.

Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006


Burial and cremation

Email: BurialandCremation@gov.scot

Burial and Cremation, Anatomy and Death Certification Team
Scottish Government
St Andrew's House (3EN)
Regent Road

Organ and tissue donation and transplantation

Email: Organ_Donation_Scotland@gov.scot

Telephone: 0300 244 4000

Organ Donation and Transplantation Team
Health Protection Division
Mailpoint 3E North
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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