The Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities (FBCA) provides services
to the owners and operators of
cemeteries and crematoria across
the whole of the UK. Currently the
FBCA represents approximately
85% of all UK crematoria.
The FBCA is a primary link between Government Departments in England Scotland and Wales and Burial and Cremation Authorities throughout the UK. Information issued by these Departments can be quickly disseminated to our members via this website or email.
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On Thursday 21st March, the FBCA held a meeting at the House of Lords to discuss the new crematorium compliance inspection scheme. This scheme creates the standards and criteria for future inspections of crematoria. As part of this inspection scheme, a brochure was designed displaying the areas of inspections and how they are ranked. You can download the brochure here:
Crematorium Compliance Inspection Scheme Brochure
Following detailed consideration, the Executive Committee of the Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities has agreed to update the “Code of Cremation Practice” in order to ensure clarity of the guidance.
The updated Code can be accessed by clicking the link below
Code of Cremation Practice
The changes will come into effect with immediate effect and copies of the 2014 version of the Code should be removed from display in public and staff areas of crematoria and replaced with the current version which indicates that it is published in August 2017.
The Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 repeals the Cremation Act 1902 with effect from 4 April 2019. The minimum distance requirement for a crematorium from residential housing will no longer apply. There is now a new procedure to be followed before a new crematorium can start operating. This is set out in section 59 of the 2016 Act. Section 60 of the 2016 Act sets out the penalties that may apply if these requirements are not complied with. - See more at:
Justice Minister, Dr Phillip Lee MP, laid new regulations before Parliament on 8th September 2016, which will amend the Cremation (England and Wales) Regulations 2008.
The Cremation (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (now available at the link below) Government Legislation Website
will come into effect on 1 October 2016. They will apply to all regulated cremations in England and Wales.
The new regulations firstly introduce a statutory definition of ‘ashes’. They secondly remove the current requirement that cremation authorities must keep paper records about cremations for two years where they have also made electronic copies of those records.
Dr Lee’s Written Ministerial Statement to Parliament about these changes, and further work that the Ministry are doing to improve cremation regulation and practice following the recent consultation on infant cremations, is available at the link below:
UK Government Website
The Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities (FBCA), the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM), the Cremation Society of Great Britain (CSGB) and the Association of Private Crematoria and Cemeteries (APCC) are pleased to announce the availability of single universally agreed Policy Statement and Best Practice Guidance Documents for Infant Cremation, which we would suggest should be posted on the websites of privately and publicly operated crematoria. To access the documents, lease use the links below or those available within the Top Downloads section of this site.