Board of Morticians & Funeral Directors
There is a Board vacancy for a consumer member. Applications are due by March 31, 2014. Please contact Kim Bennardi at 410-767-4049 with any questions.
During the March 12, 2014 Open Session, the Board discussed the placement of the ID Tag which is required to be placed on the long bone, as it affects religious practice. Religious groups, that shroud the body after death, have raised concerns that present practice would cause a disturbance to the body if identification became necessary. The Board decided that the required ID Tag must still be placed on the long bone per Health Occupations §7-411. For Jewish bodies an additional tag should be placed on the wrist, for ID to be possible and still honor cultural concerns regarding not disturbing the wrap. For Muslim bodies, an alternative method is suggested. An additional ID tag should be placed around both ankles, over the wrap. Thank you all for respecting cultural concern and following the law.
Victor C. March, Sr., President of the Board of Morticians and Funeral Directors, announced additionally, in regard to the Attorney General’s Official Pre-need Opinion, that the Board voted to handle the guarantee of contracts the same way as the cash advance issue. All contracts written from September 11, 2013 forward will be considered guaranteed and will be dealt with accordingly by the Board when issues come before it. Any contracts written before that time that indicated on the contract that it was guaranteed, remain guaranteed. The Board decision was not to consider contracts written before September 11, 2013.
Notice of Three Statutes Effective October 1, 2013
Victor C. March, Sr., President of the Board of Morticians and Funeral Directors, announced during open session on September 11, 2013 that the Board has decided to handle the Attorney General’s official opinion that if monies are accepted for cash advance items in a pre need sale, they must be guaranteed, in the following way: All cash advances that have been paid for by the consumer going forward from September 11, 2013 will be considered guaranteed and will be dealt with accordingly by the Board when issues come before it. The Board decision was to not consider contracts written before September 11, 2013. It was voted on unanimously by the Board. See attached opinion from the Office of the Attorney General HERE.
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY AND RECENTLY DISCHARGED MILITARY VETERANS & SPOUSES : HERE
According to Title§ 5-502(b)(1,(2), and (3c) of the Annotated Code of Maryland (Health General), a person may not cremate a body until it has been identified by the next of kin or a person designated by the next of kin to identify the remains before the final disposition of the body can occur. The Board and Board Counsel interpret this to mean “in person identification” not identification by electronic means.
For Body Location Changes:
Email Address for any change of body location other than approved establishment storage with the Board: email@example.com
Handling of Human Remains with Dignity Act Effective 10/1/2012:
Health General 5-513 relating to the handling of human remains with dignity.
For Your Information:
The wording at the bottom of pre-need contracts that informs consumers that they have an option of making a claim against the Family Security Trust should read:
I understand a claim against the Family Security Trust Fund can be filed by any consumer who believes they have suffered a loss according to Title 7, Subtitle 4A (Family Security Trust Fund) of the MD Code, on or after January 1, 2010.
This wording can be printed on labels and attached to the bottom of the form until January 1, 2013. Beginning next year, it will have to be printed on the signature page of the form itself.
The State Board of Morticians and Funeral Directors was established as the State Board of Undertakers of Maryland in 1902 (Chapter 160, Acts of 1902). Renamed the State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers in 1937, then the Board of Morticians in 1981. The Board received its present name in 2007 (Chapter 186 Acts of 2007).
The purpose of the State Board of Morticians and Funeral Directors is to carry out the duties mandated under Title 7 of the Health Occupations Article. The primary purpose is the protection of the public's health and welfare through proper credentialing, examination, licensure, and discipline of morticians, funeral directors, surviving spouses, apprentices and funeral establishments in Maryland. The Board also inspects and licenses funeral establishments upon proof of compliance with all applicable Federal, State and local laws. The Board issues 7 categories of licenses: Mortician, Funeral Directors, Surviving Spouse, Apprentices, Funeral Establishments, Funeral Service Corporate Licenses and Courtesy Card licenses.
The Board of Morticians and Funeral Directors interacts cooperatively with other agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission, the Office of the Attorney General, Division of Consumer Protection, DHMH Office of the Secretary, Office of Cemetery Oversight of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, DHMH Office of the Medical Examiner, and the State Anatomy Board where the Mortician's law and practical examinations are given.
The Board became Special Funded in October of 1993. The revenue collected from licensing fees covers the operating costs of the Board.
Board of Morticians & Funeral Directors Resources
Board of Morticians & Funeral Directors Address
Ruth Ann Arty, Executive Director- RuthAnn.Arty@Maryland.Gov
4201 Patterson Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215
- December 10, 2013 at 1:00PM - Meeting of the Family Security Trust Fund Advisory Committee
- December 11 - Board Meeting
- January 8 - Board Meeting
- February 12 - Board Meeting
- March 12 - Board Meeting
- April 9 - Board Meeting
- May 14 - Board Meeting
- June 11 - Board Meeting
- July 9 - Board Meeting