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Hazlehead Crematorium: Internal Audit Report 2013

An audit into procedures for the cremation of infants and young children at Aberdeen City Council's Hazlehead Crematorium has been completed.

The audit was ordered by Aberdeen City Council Chief Executive Valerie Watts in January 2013 in light of concerns surrounding issues at Mortonhall Crematorium in Edinburgh and questions which were being raised about procedures at other crematoria across Scotland. It was conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and aimed to provide an overview of procedures and practices at Hazlehead Crematorium.

In light of this audit, Aberdeen City Council has been looking to formalise its policy in respect of the cremation process for infants aged 18 months or less. This could include producing a formal statement on the cremation process which would be provided to parents or guardians by funeral directors or NHS Grampian. The Council is also considering the direction from the Scottish Government and the findings of the Infant Cremation Commission and is amending its policy accordingly.

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