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FTC RIN: 3084-AB55 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Trade Regulation Rule on Funeral Industry Practices 

On February 14, 2020, the Commission initiated periodic review of the Funeral Industry Practices Rule (Funeral Rule or Rule). 85 FR 8490 (Feb. 14, 2020). The comment period as extended closed on June 15, 2020. 85 FR 20453 (April 13, 2020). The Commission received 785 comments and staff is reviewing that information. The Rule, which became effective in 1984, requires sellers of funeral goods and services to give price lists to consumers who visit a funeral home and disclose price and other information to callers who request it over the telephone. The Rule enables consumers to select and purchase only the goods and services they want and requires funeral providers to seek authority before performing some services such as embalming. The Rule also requires funeral providers to make disclosures regarding any required purchases and prohibits misrepresentations regarding requirements and other aspects of funeral goods and services. On November 2, 2022, the Commission issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on potential updates to modernize the Funeral Rule, including improvements to the public accessibility of funeral home price information. 87 FR 66096 (Nov. 2, 2022). The comment period closed on January 17, 2023.

The Commission held a public workshop on September 7, 2023. 88 FR 33011 (May 23, 2023). The workshop explored issues relating to the Funeral Rule’s General Price List requirements, including whether and how funeral providers should be required to provide price lists electronically or online, and other issues raised in the comments received in response to the 2022 Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. The comment period for any written comments related to the issues discussed at the workshop closed on October 10, 2023. Staff is currently reviewing the public comments.

Agency: Federal Trade Commission(FTC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 16 CFR 453   
Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 45    15 U.S.C. 46(g)    15 U.S.C. 57a   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Rule Review, Request for Comments  02/14/2020  85 FR 8490   
Rule Review; Request for Comments (Comment Period Extended)  04/13/2020  85 FR 20453   
Rule Review; Request for Comments (Extended Comment Period End)  06/15/2020 
ANPRM  11/02/2022  87 FR 66096   
ANPRM Comment Period End  01/17/2023 
Announcement for Public Workshop  05/23/2023  88 FR 33011   
Public Workshop  09/07/2023 
Public Workshop Comment Period End  10/10/2023 
FTC Staff Review of Public Comments  12/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Previously reported as 3084-AA82 
Agency Contact:
Melissa Dickey
Federal Trade Commission
Division of Marketing Practices, Bureau of Consumer Protection, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20580
Phone:202 326-2662