The Cremation (Scotland) Regulations 2017

Closed 9 Jun 2017

Opened 15 May 2017

Results updated 7 Nov 2018



The Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016  provides a modern, comprehensive legislative framework for burial and cremation. The existing legislation was outdated and increasingly unfit for purpose. Many of the Act’s provisions are rooted in recommendations made by various review groups, particularly the Infant Cremation Commission and the Burial and Cremation Review Group.

The Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 received Royal Assent in April 2016. The Act provides the powers for Scottish Ministers to prescribe in regulations procedures for how cremations will be carried out in Scotland.

Why your views matter

The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on draft regulations being made under the 2016 Act. The contents of the draft regulations are a culmination of many years of work and have been informed by the Parliamentary Bill procedure, stakeholder working groups, more general stakeholder engagement and the Inspector of Crematoria.

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