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Georgia Board of Funeral Service
Notice of Intent - Proposed Rule Amendment: click here to view
This licensing period for Establishments is prorated for a 9-month period. Then the Establishment license will have a new renewal date for March 31, 2018, which will be for 24 months. This will align Establishment license renewal dates with Funeral Director, Embalmer and Apprentice license renewals. Click here to for more details - LICENSES TO BE ALIGNED IN 2018
Suspicious Sales Activity
The Georgia Board of Funeral Service has received several complaints about an online business whose website gives the name of the business as "Heritage Cremation Provider" and "Heritage Cremation Provider, LLC." This entity is not currently licensed as a funeral establishment in Georgia, but are reported to be licensed in Colorado.
Persons having complaints about Heritage Cremation Provider or Legacy Funeral Services are encouraged to contact the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Professions and Occupations at 303-894-7800.
Other states have received similar complaints, including The Florida Division of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services and Tennessee, and have taken legal action against this entity. View the orders here: Immediate Final Order; Final Order. The Georgia Board of Funeral Service is currently seeking legal opinion regarding taking legal action as well.
Consumers are encouraged to:
- deal only with cremation and funeral service providers whose website gives a specific street address for the business (and not just a P.O. box), and which provides on the website the names of owners or managers of the business, and
- confirm from state licensing authorities in the state where they live, that the business is licensed to operate in the state where they live.
The Georgia State Board of Funeral Service administers the Funeral Service Law for the purpose of better protection of life and health, preventing the spread of contagious, communicable, and infectious diseases, and regulating the practice of embalming and funeral directing and the care and disposition of dead human bodies.
The Board consists of 7 members appointed by the Governor, six of whom are licensed and practicing funeral directors and embalmers, with one member serving as a consumer representative who has no connection with the funeral service industry. The Board is authorized to prescribe a standard of proficiency as to the qualifications and fitness of embalmers and funeral directors, to revoke or suspend licenses for any violation of this law, to adopt rules and regulations and to set standards of sanitation to be observed in the embalming or cremation of dead human bodies.
Board meetings are monthly (view Meeting Schedule for dates) and are open to the public. Persons wishing to bring matters for Board consideration must submit a written request to the Professional Licensing Board office in Macon.