FTC Public Workshop on Funeral Rule Review

Media Advisory

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.

Contact Information

Media Contact:
Brenda Mack
Office of Public Affairs
202-326-2182
Staff Contact:
Myra Howard
Bureau of Consumer Protection
202-326-2047

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?
10:30-10:45 -- Break