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2017 Notice of Law Changes- Funeral Directors and Embalmers, Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers 06/15/2017

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Notice of Law Changes

Tennessee Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers

Pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. § 4-3-1306(d), you are receiving this notice because you have elected to receive notification by e-mail of certain changes or potential changes to the law applicable to your profession.

Public Chapter 154, effective July 1, 2017, requires that five of the ten hours of continuing education obtained by a funeral director or embalmer to renew a license must be attended “in person”, which “means the continuing education coursework is completed by the licensee in the physical presence of the provider of the coursework or is completed by the licensee through an interactive virtual program that requires participants to confirm their presence during the program.” This requirement applies to all renewals on or after July 1, 2017 unless otherwise statutorily exempted.

Public Chapter 144, effective April 17, 2017, provides that licensed funeral establishments may be used for providing “commemorative services” (defined as a “ceremony for the dead prior to burial, cremation, or any other legal form of final disposition”).

Public Chapter 158, effective July 1, 2017, sets out requirements regarding the release of the remains of a deceased person from a funeral establishment with custody to a second funeral establishment upon request, as well as the responsibility of the receiving funeral home for the cost of the merchandise and services provided by the first establishment.

Public Chapter 139, effective April 17, 2017, removes the requirement that the decedent’s social security number be included on the permanent identification device affixed to the remains of a deceased person or placed in a crematory urn.

Please contact Cherrelle Hooper, Assistant General Counsel, at (615) 741-3072 or electronically at  for additional assistance.

Dept. of Commerce & Insurance | 500 James Robertson Pkwy | Nashville, TN 37243-0565
(615) 741-2241
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