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Continuing Education Credit Available
for Videoconferences

We are excited to announce that we have developed a process for our licensees to obtain CEU credits for attending our Videoconferences. In order to receive credit, licensees must provide their name, license number, meeting date, email address and the phone number you connected to the meeting with. This is very important, as the phone number (or email address if you connected via the web) will be used to confirm your attendance and the length of time you were on the call. Please email ALL of the requested information to LaTonya.Bryant@myfloridacfo.com.

 

REMAINING 2020 BOARD MEETINGS
CHANGED TO VIDEO CONFERENCES

September

The SEPTEMBER PUBLIC MEETING of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, which was originally scheduled to be held by teleconference, will now be held via VIDEOCONFERENCE on September 3, 2020, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference or by teleconference by calling (669) 224-3412, Access Code: 859-724-437.  

October

The OCTOBER PUBLIC MEETING of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, which was originally scheduled to be held in Jacksonville FL, will now be held via VIDEOCONFERENCE on October 1, 2020, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-october, or by teleconference by calling (312) 757-3121, Access Code: 670-459-349.

November

The NOVEMBER PUBLIC MEETING of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, which was originally scheduled to be held by teleconference, will now be held via VIDEOCONFERENCE on November 5, 2020, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-november, or by teleconference by calling (872) 240-3212, Access Code: 999-406-517.  

December

The DECEMBER PUBLIC MEETING of the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services, which was originally scheduled to be held in Gainesville FL, will now be held via VIDEOCONFERENCE on December 3, 2020, at 10:00 AM. The public may participate in this conference by either video using the following link: https://www.gotomeet.me/LaTonyaBryant/board-videoconference-december, or by teleconference by calling (571) 317-3112, Access Code: 645-422-701.

If accessing by video, please begin at least ten minutes before the meeting, as the conferencing software will need to be downloaded in order to operate.

For more information, please contact LaTonya Bryant at LaTonya.Bryant@myfloridacfo.com or (850)413-3039.

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CLICK for a guide to attending Board videoconferences using GoToMeeting.

 

 


 

Notice Regarding Internship Licenses

On April 6, 2020 the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services ordered that all internship licenses issued pursuant to sections 497.370, 497.375, and 497.377, Florida Statutes, which were valid as of March 9, 2020, were extended throughout the length and duration of the Florida’s State of Emergency. One of the reasons for this was that required testing for funeral director/embalmer licenses was not available.

On July 22, 2020, the Board revisited the matter and found that many of the reasons for the April 6, 2020 order were no longer in effect, including the fact that testing is now available. As a result, the Board dismissed the order, effective August 1, 2020.

As of July 31, 2020, all internship licenses that otherwise would have expired pursuant to the timeframes provided in sections 497.370, 497.375, and 497.377, Florida Statutes, and rules 69K-18.001, 69K-18.002, and 69K-18.003, Florida Administrative Code, will expire and these licenses will be placed in an expired status.

 

POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL SOURCE FOR

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)

Many businesses licensed under Chapter 497, Florida Statutes, may now request various forms of PPE from the state’s Division of Emergency Management. The Division of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services is pleased to assist in this request process by reviewing and coordinating the licensees’ PPE requests with the Division of Emergency Management. To request supplies, licensees should carefully review and follow instructions contained in the Information Regarding Requests for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from the Division of Emergency Management. Requesting licensees must also complete and submit the PPE request form by email as indicated on the form in order for their request to be considered. It is preferred that the form be completed electronically using Microsoft Excel.

There are several factors to consider before making a request. Businesses must first attempt to obtain PPE through their available supply chains before making a request. Additionally, since PPE quantities are limited in all occupations, businesses may not receive the PPE requested. As a result, businesses may want to continue pursuing other avenues for PPE, even after a request is made using this process. Finally, at some point, it is expected that licensees will be billed for any PPE supplies obtained from the Division of Emergency Management, just as they would if the supplies had been obtained through their private supply chain.

The PPE request process is the result of joint efforts between the Florida Department of Financial Services, the Division of Emergency Management, the state’s Emergency Operations Center, the Florida Department of Health, and Florida’s deathcare associations – the FCCFA, IFDF, FMA, and FMBA. If you have questions or need assistance with the request process, please email Division Director Mary Schwantes at Mary.Schwantes@myfloridacfo.com or Assistant Division Director Ellen Simon at Ellen.Simon@myfloridacfo.com. Association representatives at the FCCFA, IFDF, FMA, and FMBA may also be able to assist you.

 

NOTICE REGARDING

CFO DIRECTIVE 2020-08

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis has executed CFO Directive 2020-08. The directive promotes public health and safety by suspending section 872.03, F.S., which imposes a 48-hour waiting period before human remains may be cremated. The Directive also suspends administrative rules limiting funeral establishments to using cremation, refrigeration, embalming, or removal services located less than 75 miles away. Finally, the Directive grants the Division of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services the authority to approve limited licenses for retired professionals who were once licensed, in any state, as a funeral director, embalmer, combined funeral director and embalmer, or direct disposer during this time of critical need, as provided in section 497.143, F.S.

Click here to view CFO Directive 2020-08

 

NOTICE REGARDING EXTENSION OF LICENSURE AND REPORTING DEADLINES

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chief Financial Officer has issued Directive #2020-04, which extends the following April 1, 2020 deadlines to June 1, 2020:

  • The April 1st deadline imposed by Section 497.269, F.S., requiring that a trustee file annual reports for a licensee’s Care and Maintenance Trust;
  • The April 1st deadline imposed by Section 497.272, F.S., requiring that a trustee submit a form as to activities concerning pre-construction trusts for mausoleums, columbaria, and belowground crypts;
  • The April 1st deadline imposed by Section 497.458, F.S., requiring that a trustee furnish an annual report concerning activity on a licensee’s preneed account;
  • The April 1st deadline imposed by Section 497.453, F.S., requiring that a preneed licensee file an annual report concerning preneed activity; and
  • The April 1st deadline imposed by Rule 69K-5.0026, F.A.C., requiring that, when applying to renew a preneed main license, the applicant must file a completed application forms package.

Additionally, all active and valid preneed licenses are extended until August 31, 2020.

If you have any questions regarding the extensions outlined above, call (850) 413-3039 and leave a message. Please be aware that we endeavor to return each call within 24 business hours, but there may be some delay due to our heavy call volume.

 

COVID-19 UPDATE FOR LICENSEES REGARDING HANDLING OF REMAINS

We have received a high volume of calls from our licensees and others as to the appropriate measures licensees should take when handling the remains of individuals who have died or are suspected to have died from COVID-19. These postmortem care inquiries are best addressed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and by the Florida Department of Health, not this Division. Similar questions have arisen as to any limitations on the number of people permitted at a funeral. If you have questions on any of these matters, please refer to the CDC’s website (links provided below) and/or to the CDC’s emergency operations center at 770-488-7100 if urgent consultation is needed on these issues.

The CDC has recently posted guidance specifically regarding funerals and the handling of the remains of those who have died or are suspected to have died of COVID-19 at:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#funerals

More specific information about postmortem guidelines/autopsies is found at:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-postmortem-specimens.html

PLEASE NOTE: PLEASE BE AWARE OF AND CONTINUE TO COMPLY WITH ALL NATIONAL, STATE, AND/OR LOCAL ORDERS AND RULES THAT ARE ESTABLISHED REGARDING COVID-19, INCLUDING THOSE ON HEALTH/SAFETY ISSUES AND LIMITATIONS ON THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE PERMITTED AT A FUNERAL. The Division of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services strongly recommends that all licensees follow the guidance set out by the CDC on all deathcare related issues, including limitations on the number of people present at funerals, memorial services, etc. Since these are only guidelines at this time, the Division cannot seek disciplinary action against licensees if the CDC guidance is not followed. HOWEVER, it is expected that many of these matters will be addressed in national, state and/or local orders and rules. Under section 497.152(4), Florida Statutes, please be advised that the Division can and may pursue disciplinary action against licensees for the violation of any such laws.

The deathcare industry associations are also closely following the increasingly changing COVID-19 situation. You may find some of the information available through the associations to be particularly helpful. The following is just an example of some of the posted information on various association websites:

  • National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) has arranged for at least one virtual presentation with a CDC representative regarding the issues which are of most concern to the funeral industry at this time. Updated information is found at: https://www.nfda.org/covid-19
  • Florida Cemetery, Cremation, and Funeral Association (FCCFA) COVID-19 information may be found at: https://www.thefccfa.com/covid-19-resources/
  • Independent Funeral Directors of Florida (IFDF) information on COVID-19 is available through https://www.ifdf.org/
  • Florida Morticians Association (FMA) information on COVID-19 is available through https://floridamorticians.org/

The Florida Department of Health has also confirmed that it is sharing this information with its regional staff and medical examiner offices.


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Online License Renewal

You may have recently received a notice regarding online license renewal using our LICENSEE DATABASE SYSTEM. For instructions on renewing your license using this system, we have created a special interactive tutorial.

CLICK HERE
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Online Licensing: Getting Started

You may have recently received a notice regarding registration for our licensee database. To find out how to create a new user profile, update your current profile or retrieve a lost username or password, watch our tutorial.

CLICK HERE

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FINGERPRINTING PROCEDURES
The Division of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services will no longer be providing or accepting fingerprint cards. If there is not a LiveScan location available in your area, please contact IdentoGO By MorphoTrust USA regarding fingerprinting procedures and to obtain fingerprint cards. Please see the IdentoGO web site for further instructions..


CONTINUING EDUCATION PROVIDERS – COURSE ROSTERS

The Division uses the DICE electronic data tracking system to manage continuing education data. This system has been enhanced to allow course providers to enter course completion information directly into DICE, from course rosters, by using the attendee’s social security number or FCCS license number.

 

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