DMAG Update 27/8/20

The members of DMAG held a video conference on 27th August 2020, with a representative from the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), Scottish Government (SG) and a representative from Northern Ireland (NI) for the open part of the meeting. The FBCA chaired the meeting.

COVID-19: guidance for managing a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic – Gov advice

The government has published guidance on managing funerals during the Coronavirus pandemic. This advice is designed to assist people who are involved in managing or organising a funeral related to a death from any cause during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This guidance has been developed to ensure that: bereaved people are treated with sensitivity, dignity […]

The Deceased Management Advisory Group asks for Public Health England to act now over missing PPE guidance

The Deceased Management Advisory Group (DMAG), which represents the entire funeral, cremation and burial sector, has written to the Chief Executive of Public Health England expressing its extreme concerns about the ongoing lack of industry-specific guidance on use of Personal Protective Equipment for those working with deceased people infected by COVID-19. In conference calls with […]

Coronavirus Act: changes to death registration in England and Wales Mar 27, 2020

The General Register Office has released guidance on changes to death registration, enabling modifications to registration processes. The provisions now in place allow the following: MCCD for registration purposes A medical certificate can be accepted from any medical practitioner so long as they are able to state to the best of their knowledge the cause […]


This document is intended to be the main piece of Guidance for all coroners from the Chief Coroner about the approach to COVID-19, although it will be particularly relevant for senior coroners and area coroners. Download the guidance below.

Guidance for care of deceased during COVID-19 pandemic

This guidance was produced by the Royal College of Pathologists and the Association for Anatomical Pathology Technology in conjunction with Public Health England. Download the guidance below

Joint Statement from APCC, Cremation Society, FBCA, ICCM Coronavirus Act 2020 (Commencement No. 1) Regulations 2020

On 26 March 2020 the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, signed the Coronavirus Act 2020 (Commencement No. 1) Regulations 2020. These Regulations relate to the Coronavirus Act 2020, and effectively ‘switch on’ the provisions that could only be enacted by separate regulation. Download the full guidance below