Scottish inspectorate takes shape

New inspectors

The Scottish Government is making progress in the creation of a funeral industry inspectorate with responsibility for working with the sector to ensure best practice standards in Scotland.

The inspectorate will be led by Robert Swanson QPM, as Senior Inspector of Burial, Cremation and Funeral Directors, and Professor Gordon Findlater, currently the Inspector of Anatomy for Scotland, will be Inspector of Burial, Cremation and Funeral Directors. The pair will shape the work of the inspectorate as the funeral sector in Scotland evolves.

Additional inspectors will be appointed later this year and the inspectorate will be supported by a small team of Scottish Government civil servants.

On announcing the appointments, Joe FitzPatrick, former Scottish Government Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, said: “The creation of an inspectorate and the appointment of inspectors are important milestones in the ongoing development of a regulatory regime for the funeral industry and improving standards across Scotland.

“Doing so also fulfils the recommendations by the National Cremation Investigation, led by Dame Elish Angiolini, and by Lord Bonomy’s Infant Cremation Commission.”

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