Labuda noted that previous the provisions of the Cemeteries and Burial of the Dead Act 1959 require clarification. The proposed changes aim to adapt them to the current legal and organizational reality. The new regulations are due to come into force in March 2023.
Digitization and “no moral revolution”
We do not want to make any moral revolution in this area. The only revolution will be digitization. We want all burial processes to be digital – Labuda told PAP. These amendments are made to replace the current archaic Cemeteries and Burial of the Dead Act 1959. A law far from being in line with reality and current requirements – he underlined.
The project provides for the introduction, among other things, electronic death certificate. Data should be automatically transferred to state registries and related institutions. This is to improve the procedures related to the classification of the causes of death and to allow access to the data by authorities such as the Central Statistical Office, the Central Statistical Office or the pension authorities.
We want 100% of deaths to be recorded electronically when the law comes into effect. Everyone knows that this is a far-reaching simplification, not only for citizens and businesses, but also for the state, especially in crisis situations such as an epidemic. Currently, collective statistics on the causes of death are still compiled by the Central Statistical Office, even one year after the hour. It is a matter of security that this data appears immediatelyt, Labuda said.
On the other hand digitization of places of memory must include the creation of a central database of cemeteries and burial sites, an online search and map of graves, the digitization of cemetery registers and an online listing of historic cemeteries and graves of distinguished persons.
Clarification of definition
The law should also define terms such as, among others, embalming, graveyard, exhumation if the fall. Specify places where new cemeteries, homes and funeral homes can be built. Under the proposal, homes and funeral homes can only be built in service development areas, which must be specified in local land use plans.
The entry into force that we currently envisage for the proposed legislation is March 1, 2023. The date may change following other government or parliamentary work. We are now at the stage of consultations and arrangements. I hope that in the next two months, this project will find its final stage in terms of the governmental stage and will reach the parliamentary stage. Labuda said. And he added that “we also assume appropriate vacatio legis for individual legal requirements. The longest time frame for the introduction of the latest changes is year 2028“.
The introduction of electronic cemetery registers is expected to last until 2026. By 2028, crematory installations will have to be adapted to emission requirements. Previously, by the end of August 2023, companies in the sector will have to submit an application for registration in the register of funeral directors. Until then, the settlement of the cemeteries will also be announced.
The new solutions were discussed at Necroexpo in Targi Kielce, the only such event in Poland for the funeral industry. Until June 5, producers of hearses, urns, coffins and other funeral products will be present in the exhibition halls.
At the Kielce fairgrounds, among other things, ball-shaped ballot boxes or applications for creating virtual obituaries.
Author: Wiktor Dziarmaga