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Information about changes to the Cremation, Interment and Funeral Services Regulation

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On March 1, 2016, the BC government announced changes to the Cremation, Interment and Funeral Services Regulation that provide for progressive levels of supervision for licensed funeral director and embalmer apprentices as they progress through their apprenticeship. The changes will take effect April 1, 2016.

You can view the government press release here. The Order in Council can also be read here.

Currently, funeral director and embalmer apprentices must be directly supervised any time they are assisting with, or performing the duties of, a funeral director or an embalmer. The changes allow an apprentice who has completed 1,800 hours of practical training and participated in arranging 25 funeral contracts (or 25 embalmings) to move to a more flexible level of supervision where the apprentice must have access to, and be able to readily communicate with, a licensed funeral director or emblamer, while assisting with or performing the functions of a funeral director or embalmer.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM CONSUMER PROTECTION BC:

We know there will be questions about the implications of the changes. We have added additional information related to funeral director and embalmer apprentice supervision on the Frequently Asked Questions page on our website. 

We continue to update information on our website on an ongoing basis for both consumers and industry so please continue to visit www.funeralrightsbc.ca.