Death and end of life

  1. Funeral directors: draft code of practice

    The draft statutory code of practice for funeral directors (updated January 2023) will be key to underpinning the statutory inspection of funeral directors in Scotland. Funeral directors will be inspected against this code once it comes into force.

  2. Cremation: statutory forms

    Statutory forms and related guidance to be used as a requirement of the Cremation (Scotland) Regulations 2019 which came into force on 4 April 2019.

  3. Coronavirus (COVID-19): transfer of medical certificates of cause of death - guidance for doctors

    Guidance for medical practitioners on the electronic transfer of medical certificates of cause of death (MCCD) from health services to registrars and next of kin during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  4. Record your organ and tissue donation decision

    Six months since opt out system introduced.

  5. Steps to increase organ transplants

    Plan sets out key priorities.

  6. Organ and tissue donation: agreement between the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and the Scottish Donation and Transplant Group

    This agreement updates the 2017 version by setting out the procedures to follow to seek consent from a Procurator Fiscal for deceased organ or tissue donation to proceed in cases where a death needs to be reported to the Procurator Fiscal service.

  7. Funeral Director - Code of Practice: consultation analysis

    Analysis of the consultation carried out between June and September 2019 on the proposed Funeral Director: Code of Practice.

  8. Organ and tissue donation law change

    Raising awareness of opt out system.

  9. Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Specified Type B Procedures) (Scotland) Regulations: analysis of consultation responses

    Analysis of responses to a consultation held on the proposed content of the Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Specified Type B Procedures) (Scotland) Regulations.

  10. Cremation (Scotland) Regulations 2019: guidance

    The Cremation (Scotland) Regulations 2019 provide a detailed framework for the provision of cremation services.

  11. Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Specified Type B Procedures) (Scotland) Regulations: consultation

    We are seeking views on medical procedures proposed to be specified as Type B pre-death procedures, alongside how they may be authorised and what conditions may be applied to them. Pre-death procedures are the medical procedures carried out to increase the likelihood of successful transplantation.

  12. Organ and tissue donation opt out system

    New law comes into effect next March.

  13. Coronavirus Act 2020 (C.7): determination under paragraph 9(1) of part 2 of Schedule 14 (Cremations)

    Determination under para 9(1) of the Coronavirus Act 2020 suspending the duties in relation to handling ashes that are normally placed on funeral directors, cremation authorities and local authorities.

  14. Coronavirus Act 2020 (C.7): determination under paragraph 8(1) of Schedule 14 (Cremations)

    Determination under para 8(1) of the Coronavirus Act 2020 relaxing arrangements around who can arrange a funeral.

  15. New process for reporting COVID-19 deaths

    New system in place.

  16. Coronavirus Act 2020 (C.7): direction under paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 14

    Direction under Paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 14 (Review of medical certificates of cause of death and cremations: Scotland) of the Coronavirus Act 2020 (C.7).

  17. Funeral Support Payment to be increased

    Extra help to pay for funerals.  

  18. Fewer deaths in winter 2018-19

    A National Statistics publication for Scotland.

  19. New funeral payment launches

    Scottish Government delivering sixth social security benefit.

  20. New funeral benefit to launch

    Improved financial support to help with bereavement costs

  21. Regulatory model including Progressive Licensing scheme for Funeral Directors: report to Scottish Ministers

    Report on the introduction of a regulatory model including Progressive Licensing scheme for Funeral Directors in Scotland.

  22. Planning your own funeral: guide

    Guide to planning your own funeral including help with costs.

  23. Opt-out system for donation gets go-ahead

    Human Tissue law passes Stage 3.

  24. Funeral costs: guidance

    Guidance on funeral costs published under Section 98 of the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016.

  25. Funeral cost guidance published

    Recommendations to make clear cost information available.

  26. Infant cremation code of practice: third edition (2019)

    Key principles and minimum standards for all organisations conducting infant cremations in Scotland, as agreed by the National Committee on Burial and Cremation. This edition reflects the implementation of the Cremation (Scotland) Regulations 2019.

  27. Organ and tissue donation changes

    Latest on proposed opt-out system.

  28. Organ donor support rising

    Scotland’s organ donor registrations reaches half the population.

  29. Changing organ and tissue donation

    Legislation for a soft opt out system introduced to Parliament.

  30. Child burial and cremation fees to end

    Agreement will remove financial burden from families

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