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Operators of Crematoria Regulations

made under Section 28 of the

Cemetery and Funeral Services Act

R.S.N.S. 1989, c. 62

O.I.C. 2016-152 (June 14, 2016, effective September 1, 2016), N.S. Reg. 116/2016


1     These regulations may be cited as the Operators of Crematoria Regulations.

Records to be kept by operators of crematoria

2     An operator of a crematorium must keep all of the following records for each cremation performed for at least 5 years after the date of the cremation:


                (a)    the burial permit;


                (b)    an authorization to cremate, signed by the deceased’s next of kin or legal representative, that includes all of the following:


                         (i)     an acknowledgement that the operator of the crematorium will remove non-combustible ornamentation from the container before cremation,


                         (ii)    disclosures of any implants, pacemakers or radioactive devices in the body that the next of kin or legal representative of the deceased is aware of,


                         (iii)   an authorization for the operator of the crematorium to arrange for any implants, pacemakers or radioactive devices to be removed from the body by an embalmer licensed under Section 21 of the Embalmers and Funeral Directors Act;


                (c)    a cremation record sheet that includes all of the following information:


                         (i)     the deceased’s name,


                         (ii)    the date the deceased died,


                         (iii)   the date the deceased was cremated,


                         (iv)   the name and address of the deceased’s next of kin or legally authorized person and their relationship to the deceased,


                         (v)    the name and address of the crematorium,


                         (vi)   a description of the container used in cremation, including the dimensions and the material it is made of,


                         (vii)  the name and address of the funeral home that prepared the remains and provided related services,


                         (viii) the full name of the funeral director who performed the cremation,


                         (ix)   a statement of whether or not the remains were embalmed.

Requirements for containers used in cremation

3     (1)    In addition to the requirements in Section 25A of the Act, a container used to enclose remains during cremation must meet all of the following requirements:


                (a)    it must be constructed so as to prevent leakage;


                (b)    it must be capable of being closed to prevent viewing of the remains;


                (c)    it must be rigid enough to be handled with ease;


                (d)    it must be combustible and, except in incidental amounts or as provided in subsection (2), not constructed of any non-combustible or hazardous materials, including any of the following:


                         (i)     plastic,


                         (ii)    fiberglass [fibreglass],


                         (iii)   fibre-reinforced plastic,


                         (iv)   foam or styrofoam,


                         (v)    rubber,


                         (vi)   polyvinyl chloride,


                         (vii)  zinc,


                         (viii) chlorinated plastic,


                         (ix)   steel,


                         (x)    glass.


       (2)    A container that is a non-porous body bag used for the storage and transportation of corpses is exempt from clause (1)(d).