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 28 June 2022.

Regulation 18 of the Cremation (England and Wales) Regulation 2008 has been amended to allow a coroner to discontinue an investigation where the cause of death is natural, has not occurred in custody or other state detention and the cause of death has become clear by means other than a post-mortem examination.

In order to prevent the commissioning of unnecessary post-mortems, form Cremation 6 has been amended to include an option to allow the coroner to indicate where an investigation has been discontinued prior to post-mortem to ensure they are still able to issue form Cremation 6. The new form contains minor textual amendments to Part 2 of the form as part of this work.

For information

The new form Cremation 6 will be available to use from 28 June and can be found at  https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/cremation-forms-and-guidance.

The link to the Statutory Instrument, The Cremation (England and Wales) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2022 can be found at https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2022/611/contents/made