Standard FTC Funeral Rule and State Board Review

Standard FTC Funeral Rule and State Board Review

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Violating the FTC Funeral Rule can cost you tens of thousands in fines. We can help.

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Who Must Comply with the Funeral Rule:

All "funeral providers" must comply with the Rule. You are a funeral provider if you sell or offer to sell both funeral goods and funeral services to the public.

Funeral goods are all products sold directly to the public in connection with funeral services.

Funeral services are:

  • Services used to care for and prepare bodies for burial, cremation, or other final disposition; and
  • Services used to arrange, supervise, or conduct the funeral ceremony or final disposition of human remains.

You are a funeral provider if you sell or offer to sell funeral goods and both types of funeral services. You do not have to be a licensed funeral director and your business does not have to be a licensed funeral home to be covered by the Funeral Rule. Cemeteries, crematories, and other businesses can also be "funeral providers" if they market both funeral goods and services.

You must comply with the Rule even if a particular consumer buys only goods or only funeral services, but not both. If you offer to sell both goods and services, you must comply with the Rule for every customer. However, you are not covered by the Rule if you sell only funeral goods, such as caskets, but not services relating to the disposition of remains.

You are covered by the Rule even if you organize your business to sell goods through one company and services through another. If you are a funeral provider, you cannot avoid being covered by the Rule by restructuring your business.