Have your say on the draft standards for mortuary services

Type: News Item Date Published: 3rd June 2019

Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) is inviting people to share their views on what standards should be expected of mortuary services.

HIS is producing new standards for mortuary services to help to ensure that the public can have confidence that mortuaries in Scotland will provide dignity and respect for the deceased, and comfort and support for those who have been bereaved.

While not everyone who dies will go to a mortuary, these standards will affect a large number of people, and it is crucial that the standards reflect the needs of these people.

A consultation on the draft standards is now open and will close on Wednesday 31 July 2019. If you (or your organisation) are interested in shaping these standards, you can respond by visiting the Healthcare Improvement Scotland website (this link will take you away from our website).

A Microsoft Word version of the survey can be requested by emailing

If you are interested in learning more about this work, or are interested in exploring other options to have your voice heard, please contact Valerie Breck by email:, or phone: 0141 414 2440.

Consultation feedback

At the end of the consultation period, all comments received on the draft standards will be collated and used to inform the development of the final standards.

The final standards, along with a summary of the responses to the consultation, will be published in 2019 on the Healthcare Improvement Scotland website.

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