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These guidelines are advisory in nature and set out general concepts rather than precise statutory language. The ICCFA is not recommending that the guidelines be codified into law as a whole. Instead, the guidelines are intended for consideration as a series of options to be selectively chosen by interested parties to address particular concerns.
Developed in 1998 by the Government and Legal Affairs Task Force of the
International Cemetery and Funeral Association
When consumers consider contracting for cemetery and funeral merchandise or services, whether on a preneed or an at-need basis, important information that may influence purchasing decisions should be available. Chief among this data are truthful and accurate prices given in written form prior to a purchasing decision being made.
Although the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Funeral Rule mandates certain written price disclosures by funeral establishments, many related entities including cemetery and crematory authorities, and memorial and casket retailers are generally not covered. As a practical matter, many volunteer, municipal, religious, and fraternal entities organized under various state laws would continue to be excluded from the Funeral Rule due to the FTC's limited jurisdiction over such organizations. However, state regulatory authorities would not be similarly restricted in their coverage.