Regulation of Scottish funeral directors – the Stirling Debate

With the passing into law of the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016, Scottish funeral directors will soon operate under a new dedicated regulatory framework, which will be the first of its kind in the UK and will result in the introduction of a statutory inspector of funeral directors, regulations governing the funeral profession and possible licensing of funeral directors.

The regulations stemming from this momentous Act will shape the way bereaved people are served and way the funeral profession conducts business for years to come. It’s vital therefore that funeral directors share their insights and expertise and contribute to the creation of the new system.

As part of the funeral sector’s work to assist the Scottish Government with the development of an effective and successful regulatory regime, the NAFD and SAIF are jointly staging a one-day debate in the heart of Scotland for both members and non-members.

The event will give delegates an opportunity to find out more about the powers granted by the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act and ensure their voice is heard at Government level.

The event will take place between 10am and 3pm on Saturday, 1 April 2017, at Stirling Court Hotel and will include a buffet lunch. Whilst open to members of the NAFD and SAIF, as well as non-members, attendance is by advance registration only. Tickets are free for NAFD and SAIF members, or £40 for non-trade association members.

The Stirling Debate programme is currently in development and confirmation of speakers will be announced soon. Watch this space

Confirmed speakers so far include NAFD Chief Executive Mandie Lavin.

Mandie Lavin became the NAFD’s Chief Executive in September 2016. A registered nurse and practising barrister, Mandie brings a wealth of experience to the Association, from both care and regulatory perspectives. More information to follow.

The Stirling Debate takes place at the Stirling Court Hotel within the grounds of the University of Stirling. A discounted room rate including breakfast is available to delegates for the night prior to the event. For further details please email NAFD Membership Marketing and Communications Manager Mark Binnersley at

Stirling Debate at a glance

What: a funeral profession-led discussion on the introduction of statutory inspections and regulations

When: 10:00 – 15:00, Saturday 1 April 2017

Where: Stirling Court Hotel, Stirling Scotland

Who: Members of the NAFD, SAIF and non-funeral trade association members. Please note: Tickets are free for NAFD and SAIF members, or £40 for non-trade association members.

Why: to discuss and support the Scottish Government on the implementation of regulation of funeral directors

How: presentations, debate and Q&As