CHAPTER 385
EMBALMERS AND FUNERAL DIRECTORS

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Sec. 20-207. Definitions.
Sec. 20-219a. Continuing education requirements.
Sec. 20-222. Inspection certificate. Hearing; appeal. Record-keeping requirements.

      Sec. 20-207. Definitions. As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires, the following terms shall have the meanings specified:

      (1) "Board" means the Connecticut Board of Examiners of Embalmers and Funeral Directors;

      (2) "Person" means an individual or corporation, but not a partnership;

      (3) "Funeral directing" means the business, practice or profession, as commonly practiced, of (A) directing or supervising funerals, or providing funeral services; (B) handling or encasing or providing services for handling and encasing dead human bodies, otherwise than by embalming, for burial or disposal; (C) providing embalming services; (D) providing transportation, interment and disinterment of dead human bodies; (E) maintaining an establishment so located, constructed and equipped as to permit the decent and sanitary handling of dead human bodies, with suitable equipment in such establishment for such handling; and (F) conducting an establishment from which funerals may be held;

      (4) "Funeral director" means any person engaged or holding himself out as engaged in funeral directing whether or not he uses in connection with his name or business the words "funeral director," "undertaker" or "mortician" or any other word or title intended to designate him as a funeral director or mortician or as one so engaged;

      (5) "Funeral service business" means the business, practice or profession of funeral directing;

      (6) "Licensed embalmer" means an embalmer holding a license as provided in this chapter;

      (7) "Licensed funeral director" means a funeral director holding a license as provided in this chapter;

      (8) "Student embalmer" means a person studying embalming and registered with the Department of Public Health as an apprentice pursuant to the provisions of this chapter;

      (9) "Student funeral director" means a person studying the funeral service business and registered with the Department of Public Health as an apprentice pursuant to the provisions of this chapter;

      (10) "Full-time employment" means regular and steady work during the normal working hours by any person at the establishment at which he is employed; and

      (11) "Manager" means an individual who (A) is licensed as an embalmer or funeral director pursuant to this chapter and (B) has direct and personal responsibility for the daily operation and management of a funeral service business.

      (1949 Rev., S. 4538; 1951, S. 2246d; P.A. 80-484, S. 82, 176; P.A. 82-472, S. 80, 183; P.A. 92-59, S. 1; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; 95-271, S. 14, 40; P.A. 07-217, S. 86.)

      History: P.A. 80-484 changed alphabetic Subdiv. indicators to numeric indicators and deleted definition of registered student embalmers or funeral directors; P.A. 82-472 divided section into Subdivs. and corresponding Subparas. where necessary; P.A. 92-59 amended Subdivs. (8) and (9) to add language concerning registration; P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 95-271 added Subdiv. (11) defining "manager", effective July 6, 1995; P.A. 07-217 made a technical change in Subdiv. (3), effective July 12, 2007.

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      Sec. 20-219a. Continuing education requirements. (a) As used in this section: (1) "Licensee" means a funeral director or embalmer licensed pursuant to this chapter; and (2) "department" means the Department of Public Health; and (3) "registration period" means the twelve-month period that commences on the date of renewal of the licensee's license, as provided in section 19a-88, and is current and valid.

      (b) Each licensee shall complete a minimum of six hours of continuing education during each registration period, two of which shall be in the area of federal and state laws regarding the provision of funeral services, including applicable Federal Trade Commission regulations. Each licensee shall complete his or her initial continuing education in the area of federal and state laws regarding the provision of funeral services not later than twelve months after the licensee first applies for license renewal after July 1, 2007. The remaining four hours of continuing education shall be in areas related to the licensee's practice, including, but not limited to, bereavement care, business management and administration, religious customs and traditions related to funerals, cremation services, cemetery services, natural sciences, preneed services, restorative arts and embalming, counseling, funeral service merchandising, sanitation and infection control, organ donation or hospice care. The continuing education shall consist of courses offered or approved by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, educational offerings sponsored by a hospital or other licensed health care institution or courses offered by a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

      (c) Each licensee shall obtain a certificate of completion from the provider of the continuing education for all continuing education hours that are successfully completed and shall retain a copy of such certificate for a minimum of three years following the license renewal date for which the activity satisfies the continuing education requirement. Each funeral home and licensee shall maintain a copy of such certificate for each licensee employed by the funeral home. Upon request by the department, the licensee or funeral home shall submit the certificate to the department.

      (d) A licensee who fails to comply with the provisions of this section shall be subject to disciplinary action pursuant to section 20-227.

      (e) The continuing education requirements shall be waived for licensees applying for license renewal for the first time. The department may, for a licensee who has a medical disability or illness, grant a waiver of the continuing education requirements for a specific period of time or may grant the licensee an extension of time in which to fulfill the requirements.

      (P.A. 03-118, S. 1; P.A. 07-104, S. 8.)

      History: P.A. 07-104 amended Subsec. (b) to add provisions requiring two hours of continuing education in the area of federal and state laws re provision of funeral services, including applicable Federal Trade Commission regulations, and re time period for completion of initial continuing education and amended Subsec. (c) to add provisions re maintenance of copy of certificate for each employed licensee, effective July 1, 2007.

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      Sec. 20-222. Inspection certificate. Hearing; appeal. Record-keeping requirements. (a) No person, firm, partnership or corporation shall enter into, engage in, or carry on a funeral service business unless an inspection certificate has been issued by the department for each place of business. Any person, firm, partnership or corporation desiring to engage in the funeral service business shall submit, in writing, to the department an application upon blanks furnished by the department for an inspection certificate for a funeral service business for each place of business, and each such application shall be accompanied by a fee of three hundred dollars and shall identify the manager. Each holder of an inspection certificate shall, annually, on or before July first, submit in writing to the Department of Public Health an application for renewal of such certificate together with a fee of one hundred fifty dollars. If the Department of Public Health issues to such applicant such an inspection certificate, the same shall be valid until July first next following, unless revoked or suspended.

      (b) Upon receipt of an application for an inspection certificate or renewal thereof, the Department of Public Health shall make an inspection of each building or part thereof wherein a funeral service business is conducted or is intended to be conducted, and satisfactory proof shall be furnished the Department of Public Health that the building or part thereof, in which it is intended to conduct the funeral service business, contains an adequate sanitary preparation room equipped with tile, cement or composition flooring, necessary ventilation, sink, and hot and cold running water, sewage facilities, and such instruments and supplies for the preparing or embalming of dead human bodies for burial, transportation or other disposition as the Commissioner of Public Health, with advice and assistance from the board, deems necessary and suitable for the conduct and maintenance of such business.

      (c) Any person, firm, partnership or corporation desiring to change its place of business shall notify the Department of Public Health thirty days in advance of such change, and a fee of twenty-five dollars shall accompany the application for the inspection certificate of the new premises. Any person, firm, partnership or corporation desiring to change its manager shall notify the Department of Public Health thirty days in advance of such change, on a form prescribed by the Commissioner of Public Health.

      (d) The building or part thereof in which is conducted or intended to be conducted any funeral service business shall be open at all times for inspection by the board or the Department of Public Health. The Department of Public Health may make inspections whenever it deems advisable.

      (e) If, upon inspection by the Department of Public Health, it is found that such building, equipment or instruments are in such an unsanitary condition as to be detrimental to public health, the board shall give to the applicant or operator of the funeral service business notice and opportunity for hearing as provided in the regulations adopted by the Commissioner of Public Health. At any such hearing, the Commissioner of Public Health or his designee shall be considered a member of the board and entitled to a vote. The board, or the Department of Public Health or his designee acting upon the board's finding or determination, may, after such hearing, revoke or refuse to issue or renew any such certificate upon cause found after hearing. Any person aggrieved by the finding of said board or action taken by the Department of Public Health may appeal therefrom in accordance with the provisions of section 4-183.

      (f) Any of the inspections provided for in this section may be made by a person designated by the Department of Public Health or by a representative of the Commissioner of Public Health.

      (g) Any person, firm, partnership or corporation engaged in the funeral service business shall maintain at the address of record of the funeral service business identified on the certificate of inspection:

      (1) All records relating to contracts for funeral services, prepaid funeral contracts or escrow accounts for a period of not less than three years after the death of the individual for whom funeral services were provided;

      (2) Copies of all death certificates, burial permits, authorizations for cremation, documentation of receipt of cremated remains and written agreements used in making arrangements for final disposition of dead human bodies, including, but not limited to, copies of the final bill and other written evidence of agreement or obligation furnished to consumers, for a period of not less than three years after such final disposition; and

      (3) Copies of price lists, for a period of not less than three years from the last date such lists were distributed to consumers.

      (1949 Rev., S. 4537; 1951, S. 2261d; 1959, P.A. 616, S. 64; 1967, P.A. 835, S. 3; June, 1971, P.A. 8, S. 72; P.A. 76-436, S. 428, 681; P.A. 77-603, S. 74, 125; 77-614, S. 437, 610; P.A. 89-251, S. 111, 203; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; 95-271, S. 15, 40; P.A. 06-195, S. 13; P.A. 07-252, S. 32.)

      History: 1959 act quintupled application fee, raised renewal fee for same and fee when changing place of business from $10 to $25 and deleted provision in Subsec. (f) that inspector receive such remuneration as board votes; 1967 act substituted "the department of health" for "board" in Subsecs. (1) and (3) re application for renewal of certificate or for change of place of business, added "or the department of health as the case may be" in Subsec. (2) and "or the department of health" in Subsecs. (4), (5) and (6), added to third sentence in Subsec. (5) "or the department of health acting upon the board's finding or determination" and provided for appeal from "action taken by the department of health" in the same subsection; 1971 act raised application fee from $50 to $100 and renewal fee from $5 to $50 in Subsec. (1); P.A. 76-436 replaced court of common pleas with superior court and added reference to judicial districts in Subsec. (5), effective July 1, 1978; P.A. 77-603 replaced provisions requiring appeal within 30 days with requirement that appeals be made in accordance with Sec. 4-183; P.A. 77-614 replaced department of health with department of health services, deleted references to board in Subsecs. (2), (4) and (6) re applications and inspections, made commissioner of health services responsible for sanitary standards, rather than board, in Subsec. (2), retaining board in advisory role, replaced 10 days' notice requirement in Subsec. (5) with requirement that notice and opportunity for hearing to be as provided in commissioner's regulations, replaced all previous appeal provisions with statement that appeals are to be made in accordance with Sec. 4-183 and, in Subsec. (6) removed requirement that inspectors hold a license as an embalmer, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 89-251 increased the application fee from $100 to $300 and increased the renewal fee from $50 to $150; P.A. 93-381 replaced department and commissioner of health services with department and commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 95-271 replaced numeric Subsec. indicators with alphabetic indicators, changed references from "board" to "department" and made technical changes, amended Subsec. (a) by deleting prohibition against managing for another, by deleting the requirement that the principals have an embalmer's or funeral director's license and by requiring an application to identify the manager and amended Subsec. (c) by requiring 30 days' advance notice of a change of place of business, effective July 6, 1995; P.A. 06-195 added Subsec. (g) re maintenance of records relating to contracts for funeral services, prepaid funeral contracts and escrow accounts; P.A. 07-252 amended Subsec. (g) by inserting provision requiring funeral service business to maintain records at address of record on certificate of inspection, designating existing provisions as Subdiv. (1), adding Subdiv. (2) re 3-year record retention requirement for copies of death certificates, burial permits, cremation authorizations, documentation of receipt of cremated remains and written agreements used in making arrangements for final disposition of dead human bodies and adding Subdiv. (3) re 3-year record retention requirement for price lists (Revisor's note: In Subdiv. (1) the word "shall" and the comma following were deleted editorially by the Revisors for grammatical accuracy).

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