Funeral directors: draft code of practice

Draft statutory code of practice for funeral directors. Funeral directors will be inspected against this code once it comes into force.

3. Planning of the funeral service according to the wishes of the deceased and the bereaved persons

Deceased and client identification, and who can be involved in making arrangements

39. The funeral director must inform the client that they adhere to the Code and to provide the client with a copy or web link, if requested.

40. Where the deceased has not set out who should arrange their funeral before dying, the funeral director must make the client aware of the next of kin hierarchy as set out in the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 (section 65 for adults, section 66 for children). It is then for the client or individual to determine whether they have the legal right to apply for the burial or cremation.

41. The funeral director must ensure that they and their staff are sufficiently knowledgeable and experienced to assist the client in making informed choices about the goods and services they offer. This must include an ability to describe, both verbally and in writing, the range and location of options for burial and cremation, if requested.

42. The funeral director must provide the client with clear and comprehensive descriptions of their goods and services.

Estimates and confirmations

43. To enable the client to make an informed decision about the goods and services they would like, before the client makes a decision the funeral director must:

  • Provide the client with full and detailed information on the full range of funeral services available.
  • Make accurate, itemised and up to date price lists available to the client.
  • Endeavour to ensure that the client understands the full range of goods and services available, the prices and third party fees (disbursements) such as burial or cremation costs.
  • Provide the client with a description and a total price of funeral goods and services offered.

44. Once the client has made a decision about the goods and services they would like, the funeral director must:

  • Provide written or electronic confirmation of the funeral arrangements and a written or electronic itemised estimate of all funeral charges, including third party fees (disbursements) where known.
  • Provide the client with a written or electronic itemised final account that is comparable with the estimate provided.

45. All changes from estimate to final bill must be clearly described, prior notified and agreed to by the client, and the funeral director must be able to account for any changes via an audit trail.



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