FTC Public Workshop on Funeral Rule Review

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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
Staff Contact:
Myra Howard
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?
10:30-10:45 -- Break