DMAG

National Resilience Strategy: call for evidence – DMAG response

September 2021 The UK Government launched a consultation on the National Resilience Strategy in July 2021 and called for ‘public engagement to help inform the development of a new Strategy that will outline an ambitious new vision for UK National Resilience and set objectives for achieving it.’ DMAG responded to the consultation in September 2021 […]

Changes to cremation regulations

27 June 2022 The Ministry of Justice has provided an update on changes to the cremation regulations which have been amended to align with Section 4 of the Coroners and Justice Act (CJA) 2009, which has been amended by Section 39 of the Justice Review and Courts Act 2022.  These changes come into effect on […]

Medical examiner scheme: update on cremation regulations and retention of medical referees for transitionary period

23 May 2022 The Ministry of Justice has provided an update on the planned changes to the cremation regulations as part of the wider implementation of the medical examiner scheme:- ‘We previously informed you that secondary legislation had been laid in Parliament to remove form Cremation 5. This legislation came into effect on 25 March […]

Scottish Government Funeral Sector Inspectorate and Funeral Director Licensing Scheme

23 May 2022 The Scottish Government is progressing implementation of the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 and the related regulations, codes of practice and guidance which will impact the funeral sector.  A key part of this is establishing the Funeral Sector Inspectorate. The Burial and Cremation Team is requesting that all those working in […]

The Cremation (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2022

10 March 2022 The Cremation (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 have now been laid before Parliament. The effect of the Regulations will be to ensure that the removal of the requirement for Form 5, implemented temporarily at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, will continue on a permanent basis – pending the implementation of […]

DMAG Update 20 January 2022

The members of DMAG held a video conference on 20 January 2022, with representatives from Ministry of Justice, Welsh Government, Scottish Government, and Northern Ireland Government present for the open part of the meeting. 

DMAG Update 5 January 2022

The members of DMAG held a video conference on 5 January 2022, with representatives from Ministry of Justice, Scottish Government, Northern Ireland Government and the UK Health Security Agency present for the open part of the meeting. 

DMAG Update 16 December 2021

The members of DMAG held a video conference on 16 December 2021, with representatives from Ministry of Justice, Welsh Government, Scottish Government, Northern Ireland Government and the UK Health Security Agency present for the open part of the meeting. 

Coronavirus Act – Death certification and cremation forms after the Coronavirus Act expires

16 February 2022 The Coronavirus Act 2020, which introduced easements to death certification processes and cremation forms, expires at midnight on 24 March 2022. Some changes have been retained on a permanent basis through other measures, and other processes revert to previous practice. The following provisions are continuing after 24 March 2022: The period before […]

DMAG Update 2 December 2021

The members of DMAG held a video conference on 2 December 2021, with representatives from Ministry of Justice, Scottish Government, and Northern Ireland Government present for the open part of the meeting.