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New regulations coming for funeral homes and ‎mortuaries

Published:Wednesday | April 13, 2016 | 9:29 AM
Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton.

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has indicated that new regulations are coming to govern the operations of funeral establishments and mortuaries.

The regulations will mandate the licensing of personnel and institutions in the sector and will seek to improve accountability and adherence to international best practices.

"It is important that we raise the bar in this industry," Tufton said, adding that he will lead the charge.

He was speaking at the annual funeral directors’ brunch at the Knutsford Court Hotel on Tuesday.

At present, the funeral sector is self-regulated.

"With well over 200 funeral homes in the country the areas of industry standards, accountability, public health standards and conformity within an international context will have shortfalls without proper regulatory measures,” said Tufton.

While acknowledging the efforts of the industry in the creation of jobs and economic contribution to the society, the minister encouraged funeral operators to prepare for the regulatory changes.

“The new regulation will have cost implications for development of infrastructure, acquisition of equipment and training of staff,” he said.

The Cabinet will be reviewing the Public Health Funeral Establishment and Mortuary Operations Regulations for approval.

In August 2014, the Health Ministry created guidelines for the operation of Funeral Establishments and Mortuaries.