The Scottish Government is consulting on Cremation Regulations as part of the Burial and Cremation Act (Scotland) 2016.

The purpose of the consultation is to seek views on draft regulations which have been informed by stakeholder working groups, with which the NAFD has been involved, more general stakeholder engagement and the findings of the Inspector of Crematoria. NAFD members based in Scotland, or with an interest in cremation in Scotland, are urged to respond to the consultation.

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 main regulations are the Cremation (Scotland) Regulations 1935 which have been amended by various other sets of subsequent regulations.

The documents, including the consultation paper and associated Annexes – have been posted below and members are urged to read them over and respond as appropriate. Please do contact your local Area Federation chairman with any comments or queries. NAFD Scotland will also submit a response to the consultation.

Cremation regulations – CONSULTATION PAPER 2017 – PUBLISH VERSION 03-05-17#2

Cremation regulations – schedule 01 – Form A1 – cremation of an adult or a child#2

Cremation regulations – schedule 02 – Form A2 – cremation of a stillborn baby#2

Cremation regulations – schedule 03 – Form A3 – cremation of a pregnancy loss – family arranged#2

Cremation regulations – schedule 04 – Form A4 – NHS arranged cremation – pregnancy loss – individual or shared#2

Cremation regulations – schedule 05 – Form A5 – cremation (Local Authority arranged)#2

Cremation regulations – schedule 06 – Form A6 – cremation – body parts – after hospital PM or anatomy exam#2

Cremation regulations – schedule 07 – Form A7 – cremation – pre Anatomy Act 1984#2

Cremation regulations – schedule 08 – Form B1 – cremation register – whole body#2

Cremation regulations – schedule 09 – Form B2 – cremation register – body parts#2

Cremation regulations – schedule 10 – Form B3 – cremation register – pregnancy loss#2

The closing date for responses is Friday 9 June 2017.

Please email your response to

Responses can also be sent in writing to the Burial and Cremation Legislation Team, Area 3 East, St Andrew’s House, Regent Road, Edinburgh, EH1 3DG.

If you require any additional information please contact Katrina McNeill at or on 0131 244 3097.