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.
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.
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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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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We are delighted to announce that the CBCE event will be returning to Stratford in 2016. Details of the papers for this now well-established and highly-regarded event on the annual calendar will be published in due course. For further details and on-line booking facilities, please go to www.cbce.org.uk
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.
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.