The State of Colorado's official Sunset Review was recently published by DORA after an analysis of Mortuary Science regulations.
The report cites 4 recommendations which will result in legislation during the 2015 Legislative Session:
- Recommendation 1 – Continue the registration program and the Director as the administrator of the Mortuary Science Code for nine years, until 2024.
- Recommendation 2 – Continue title protection for mortuary science practitioners and funeral directors and repeal title protection for embalmers and cremationists.
- Recommendation 3 – The Code should unambiguously state when a registered facility becomes solely responsible for human remains and when that responsibility ceases.
- Recommendation 4 – Make technical changes to the Code. (Mostly administrative and terminology changes resulting from above recommendations.)
The good news is that DORA recommends continuance of Funeral Establishments and Crematories to be regulated by the State, and that MSPs and Funeral Directors should retain their identity through Title Protection.
Curiously, DORA analysts don’t see a distinction for Embalmers and Cremationist duties so those titles may no longer be recognized.
Also, the report cites custody and responsibility for human remains as a problem area that needs to be remedied.
CFDA will be following up to determine what approach to take regarding these recommendations, CFDA’s position, and a game plan for legislation in 2015.
Stay tuned for additional details.