The Federal Trade Commission's public workshop conference to discuss areas of significant controversy or divergent opinions raised in the written comments received in response to the recently-initiated review of the Funeral Rule will be held on November 18, 1999. The workshop conference will be open to the general public.
|What:||FTC Public Workshop on Funeral Rule review|
|When:||November 18, 1999 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.|
|Where:||Room 432, main FTC Headquarters Building
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.
|Who:||Representatives of the industry, government agencies, consumer and other groups will take part in the workshop. An agenda, subject to change, is attached.|
10:45-12:00 -- Prohibition of Casket Handling Fees
Some commenters approve of the casket handling fee prohibition, while others feel that a "reasonable" fee should be allowed to compensate funeral providers for the costs and liability associated with handling a 3rd party casket.
Office of Public Affairs
Bureau of Consumer Protection
Agenda: Funeral Rule Review Workshop
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington DC 20580
November 18, 1999
9:00 a.m. -- 5:00 p.m.
8:30-9:00 -- Registration
9:00-9:15 -- Introductions and Overview
9:15-10:30 -- Definition of the Term "Funeral Provider"
Many commenters believe that all entities providing funeral goods or services should be covered by the Rule; that there should be a "level playing field."
- Do consumers benefit from the Rule as it stands?
- Do consumers use information required by the Rule to comparison shop for funeral goods and services?
- Does consumer harm result from limiting the Rule's coverage to"funeral providers" as currently defined?
- Should the definition, and the scope of the Rule, be expanded?
- Should there be different provisions applicable to different kinds of entities?