The Missouri State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors has released its proposed preneed examination procedures. The release comes just 24 hours before the Board’s October 27th meeting, and so few funeral directors will be prepared to ask questions.

The proposal contemplates different procedures for ‘compliant sellers’ and ‘non-compliant sellers’. With most of the industry concerned about some issue of compliance, the proposal begs the question how the determination of non-compliance is made. The timing of the release and the October 31st renewal deadline suggest that the failure to timely file a properly prepared seller’s renewal may be the easiest way to fall into the non-compliant stack.

The October 27th meeting only allows an hour of discussion of the proposal, so the industry will have to anticipate the time for questions and discussion will occur at the Board’s December meetings.