Bereavement Services Seminar 2019

The FBCA are holding their second annual Bereavement Services Seminar in conjunction with its partners the ICCM, Cremation Society and Association of Private Cemeteries and Crematoria. 

Booking is now open for this year's joint organisations' one-day Bereavement Services Seminar on Wednesday 27th March 2019. After the success of last year's event, it is certain to be an interesting and informative day.

Speakers will include:

  • Simon Rothwell (Life Art)
  • Howard Pickard (Resomation)
  • Tony Brookes (Facultatieve Technologies)
  • Charlotte Knight (Natural Death Centre)
  • Richard Overton (Overton UK)
  • Debbie Kerslake (Cruse)


You can book onto the seminar by downloading the booking form here. For more information, take a look at the programme.

 

 
 

nEW scottish regulations

Further to the newsletter circulated on 19th January 2019, our team are happy to confirm that the new regulations, under the 2016 Act, have passed further parliamentary scrutiny and will come into force on 4th April 2019.

The Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee considered the regulations on 15th January.

Following this, the Health and Sport Committee considered the regulations on 22nd January. Joe FitzPatrick MSP, Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, attended this meeting and answered questions from committee members on the new cremation regulations.

Both Committees passed the draft regulations in full.

You can download guidance for the new regulations here.

 

Training

As highlighted in the December newsletter, if you wish for your organisation or authority to receive training or further information on the new regulations concerning cremation and arrangements (pregnancy loss and stillbirth) in advance of 4th April, please get in touch with our team via [email protected]. We will be contacting those who have already expressed an interest in the coming weeks to share materials and arrange meetings where requested.

 

 
 

CBCE 2019

The burial and cremation sectors are facing unprecedented change in the way that services to the bereaved are delivered. The rise of direct cremation, the CMA review, ecological challenges and the need to deliver ever more services within shrinking budgets.  

CBCE 2019 provides the ideal opportunity to Pause and Reflect on what is happening within the sector and equipping delegates with an invaluable insight to Respond to the changes taking place within their services. This will enable better planning for the continuing delivery of excellence.

As the bereavement sector continues to grow this key annual event provides a unique opportunity to acquire the most up-to-date and relevant information. For further details and registration forms go to www.cbce.org.uk

 

 
 

CBCE 2018

The burial and cremation sectors are embarking upon a period of unprecedented change. New cremation documentation introduced from April 2018, the burial and cremation legal framework under review by the Law Commission, Defra Process Guidance Notes for Cremation are due to be reviewed and the first wave of abated cremators are now coming up for replacement.

CBCE 2018 will focus on what is happening within the sector and equipping delegates with an invaluable insight in to what the changes are likely to mean for their services. Enabling better planning for the continuing delivery of excellent services. For further details and registration forms go to www.cbce.org.uk

 

 
 

Amended Code of Cremation Practice - Published 07/08/2017

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 going to the FBCA website at http://www.fbca.org.uk/ and looking under Top Downloaded Documents.

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 Cremation (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2016​

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 http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2016/883/contents/made) 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 https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/cremation-regulations.

The FBCA is pleased to state that it has been asked to form part of the The National Cremation Working Group and we will ensure that members are regularly updated as progress is made with the project.

 

 

 
 


Joint POLICY STATEMENT – FOR INFANT CREMATION (ENGLAND AND WALES) 

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 a single universally agreed Policy Statement Document for Infant Cremation, which we would suggest should be posted on the websites of privately and publicly operated crematoria.

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Joint Best Practice Guidance - for Infant Cremation (England and Wales)

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 a single universally agreed Best Practice Guidance Document for Infant Cremation, which we would suggest should be deferred to by all privately and publicly operated crematoria.

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Code of Burial Practice

Burial Authorities should recognise the importance of the service provided and ensure that all procedures are performed in accordance with the requirements of the relevant legislation.

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National Committee on Infant Cremation - Code of Practice

The National Committee on Infant Cremation in Scotland has now issued its comprehensive Code of Practice. This is only currently applicable to Scotland, however the remainder of the UK may wish to view this document as Best Practice.

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