Part D of the form is about potential hazards. It contains three sections:

View the full list of notifiable diseases and organisms as detailed in Schedule 1, part 1 of the Public Health etc. (Scotland) Act 2008


The body may pose a risk to people who come into close contact with it, such as embalmers, or next of kin who lay out the body for the funeral.

Bodies can be contaminated by:

  • Air borne communicable diseases such as pulmonary tuberculosis

  • Blood borne diseases such as hepatitis C

  • As the result of exposure and presence of radioactive material

  • Or as the result of a toxin or poison to which others may be exposed.

It is important to note that failure to disclose information concerning notifiable infectious diseases and body contamination may be regarded as a criminal offence.

DH2 and DH3

Sections DH2 and DH3 record the presence of implants within the body. Battery powered and other types of implants can explode during cremation, therefore accurate recording is necessary to ensure that such devices can be removed. Implants that should be recorded in the MCCD include:

  • Pacemakers

  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillators

  • Cardiac resynchronization therapy devices

  • Implantable loop recorders

  • Ventricular assist devices

  • Implantable drug pumps, including intrathecal pumps

  • Neurostimulators (including for pain and Functional Electrical Stimulation)

  • Bone growth stimulators

  • Hydrocephalus programmable shunts

  • Any other battery powered implant

  • Fixion nails

  • Brachytherapy to the prostate, that is radioactive iodine-125 seeds.*

*Cremation is not recommended until 20 months after the seeds were implanted and scattering of the ashes is not recommended until 22 months after the seeds were implanted, with the ashes strewn over an area of not less than one square mile.

Dental amalgam and artificial joint replacements are not required to be recorded as implants.