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PROFESSIONS, OCCUPATIONS, AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS
(225 ILCS 41/) Funeral Directors and Embalmers Licensing Code.

225 ILCS 41/Art. 1

 
    (225 ILCS 41/Art. 1 heading)
ARTICLE 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS

225 ILCS 41/1-1

    (225 ILCS 41/1-1)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)
    Sec. 1-1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Funeral Directors and Embalmers Licensing Code.
(Source: P.A. 87-966.)

225 ILCS 41/1-5

    (225 ILCS 41/1-5)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)
    Sec. 1-5. Legislative intent. The practice of funeral directing and embalming in the State of Illinois is declared to be a practice affecting the public health, safety and welfare and subject to regulation and control in the public interest. It is further declared to be a matter of public interest and concern that the preparation, care and final disposition of a deceased human body be attended with appropriate observance and understanding, having due regard and respect for the reverent care of the human body and for those bereaved and the overall spiritual dignity of every person. It is further a matter of public interest that the practice of funeral directing and embalming as defined in this Code merit and receive the confidence of the public and that only qualified persons be authorized to practice funeral directing and embalming in the State of Illinois. This Code shall be liberally construed to best carry out these subjects and purposes.
(Source: P.A. 97-1130, eff. 8-28-12.)

225 ILCS 41/1-10

    (225 ILCS 41/1-10)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 102-881)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)
    Sec. 1-10. Definitions. As used in this Code:
    "Address of record" means the designated address recorded by the Department in the applicant's or licensee's application file or license file. It is the duty of the applicant or licensee to inform the Department of any changes of address and those changes must be made either through the Department's website or by contacting the Department.
    "Applicant" means any person making application for a license. Any applicants or people who hold themselves out as applicants are considered licensees for purposes of enforcement, investigation, hearings, and the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act.
    "Board" means the Funeral Directors and Embalmers Licensing and Disciplinary Board.
    "Certificate of Death" means a certificate of death as referenced in the Illinois Vital Records Act.
    "Department" means the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
    "Funeral director and embalmer" means a person who is licensed and qualified to practice funeral directing and to prepare, disinfect and preserve dead human bodies by the injection or external application of antiseptics, disinfectants or preservative fluids and materials and to use derma surgery or plastic art for the restoring of mutilated features. It further means a person who restores the remains of a person for the purpose of funeralization whose organs or bone or tissue has been donated for anatomical purposes.
    "Funeral director and embalmer intern" means a person licensed by the Department who is qualified to render assistance to a funeral director and embalmer in carrying out the practice of funeral directing and embalming under the supervision of the funeral director and embalmer.
    "Embalming" means the process of sanitizing and chemically treating a deceased human body in order to reduce the presence and growth of microorganisms, to retard organic decomposition, to render the remains safe to handle while retaining naturalness of tissue, and to restore an acceptable physical appearance for funeral viewing purposes.
    "Funeral director" means a person, known by the title of "funeral director" or other similar words or titles, licensed by the Department who practices funeral directing.
    "Funeral establishment", "funeral chapel", "funeral home", or "mortuary" means a building or separate portion of a building having a specific street address or location and devoted to activities relating to the shelter, care, custody and preparation of a deceased human body and which may contain facilities for funeral or wake services.
    "Licensee" means a person licensed under this Code as a funeral director, funeral director and embalmer, or funeral director and embalmer intern. Anyone who holds himself or herself out as a licensee or who is accused of unlicensed practice is considered a licensee for purposes of enforcement, investigation, hearings, and the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act.
    "Owner" means the individual, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, association, trust, estate, or agent thereof, or other person or combination of persons who owns a funeral establishment or funeral business.
    "Person" means any individual, partnership, association, firm, corporation, limited liability company, trust or estate, or other entity. "Person" includes both natural persons and legal entities.
    "Secretary" means the Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation.
(Source: P.A. 96-863, eff. 3-1-10; 96-1463, eff. 1-1-11; 97-1130, eff. 8-28-12.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 102-881)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)
    Sec. 1-10. Definitions. As used in this Code:
    "Address of record" means the designated address recorded by the Department in the applicant's or licensee's application file or license file.
    "Applicant" means any person making application for a license. Any applicants or people who hold themselves out as applicants are considered licensees for purposes of enforcement, investigation, hearings, and the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act.
    "Board" means the Funeral Directors and Embalmers Licensing and Disciplinary Board.
    "Certificate of Death" means a certificate of death as referenced in the Illinois Vital Records Act.
    "Department" means the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
    "Email address of record" means the designated email address recorded by the Department in the applicant's application file or the licensee's license file as maintained by the Department's licensure maintenance unit.
    "Funeral director and embalmer" means a person who is licensed and qualified to practice funeral directing and to prepare, disinfect and preserve dead human bodies by the injection or external application of antiseptics, disinfectants or preservative fluids and materials and to use derma surgery or plastic art for the restoring of mutilated features. It further means a person who restores the remains of a person for the purpose of funeralization whose organs or bone or tissue has been donated for anatomical purposes.
    "Funeral director and embalmer intern" means a person licensed by the Department who is qualified to render assistance to a funeral director and embalmer in carrying out the practice of funeral directing and embalming under the supervision of the funeral director and embalmer.
    "Embalming" means the process of sanitizing and chemically treating a deceased human body in order to reduce the presence and growth of microorganisms, to retard organic decomposition, to render the remains safe to handle while retaining naturalness of tissue, and to restore an acceptable physical appearance for funeral viewing purposes.
    "Funeral director" means a person, known by the title of "funeral director" or other similar words or titles, licensed by the Department who practices funeral directing.
    "Funeral establishment", "funeral chapel", "funeral home", or "mortuary" means a building or separate portion of a building having a specific street address or location and devoted to activities relating to the shelter, care, custody and preparation of a deceased human body and which may contain facilities for funeral or wake services.
    "Licensee" means a person licensed under this Code as a funeral director, funeral director and embalmer, or funeral director and embalmer intern. Anyone who holds himself or herself out as a licensee or who is accused of unlicensed practice is considered a licensee for purposes of enforcement, investigation, hearings, and the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act.
    "Owner" means the individual, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, association, trust, estate, or agent thereof, or other person or combination of persons who owns a funeral establishment or funeral business.
    "Person" means any individual, partnership, association, firm, corporation, limited liability company, trust or estate, or other entity. "Person" includes both natural persons and legal entities.
    "Secretary" means the Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation.
(Source: P.A. 102-881, eff. 1-1-23.)

225 ILCS 41/1-15

    (225 ILCS 41/1-15)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 102-881)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)
    Sec. 1-15. Funeral directing; definition. Conducting or engaging in or representing or holding out oneself as conducting or engaged in any one or any combination of the following practices constitutes the practice of funeral directing:
        (a) The practice of preparing, otherwise than by
    
embalming, for the burial, cremation, or disposition and directing and supervising the burial or disposition of deceased human remains or performing any act or service in connection with the preparing of dead human bodies. Preparation, direction, and supervision shall not be construed to mean those functions normally performed by cemetery and crematory personnel.
        (b) The practice of operating a place for preparing
    
for the disposition of deceased human bodies or for caring for deceased human bodies before their disposition. Nothing in this Code shall prohibit the ownership and management of such a place by an unlicensed owner if the place is operated in accordance with this Code and the unlicensed owner does not engage in any form of funeral directing. An unlicensed owner may interact with consumers while a licensed funeral director is present in accordance with this Section.
        (c) The removal of a deceased human body from its
    
place of death, institution, or other location. A licensed funeral director and embalmer intern may remove a deceased human body from its place of death, institution, or other location without another licensee being present. The licensed funeral director may engage others who are not licensed funeral directors, licensed funeral director and embalmers, or licensed funeral director and embalmer interns to assist in the removal if the funeral director directs and instructs them in handling and precautionary procedures and accompanies them on all calls. The transportation of deceased human remains to a cemetery, crematory or other place of final disposition shall be under the immediate direct supervision of a licensee unless otherwise permitted by this Section. The transportation of deceased human remains that are embalmed or otherwise prepared and enclosed in an appropriate container to some other place that is not the place of final disposition, such as another funeral home or common carrier, or to a facility that shares common ownership with the transporting funeral home may be performed under the general supervision of a licensee, but the supervision need not be immediate or direct.
        (d) The administering and conducting of, or assuming
    
responsibility for administering and conducting of, at need funeral arrangements.
        (e) The assuming custody of, transportation,
    
providing shelter, protection and care and disposition of deceased human remains and the furnishing of necessary funeral services, facilities and equipment.
        (f) Using in connection with a name or practice the
    
word "funeral director", "undertaker", "mortician", "funeral home", "funeral parlor", "funeral chapel", or any other title implying that the person is engaged in the practice of funeral directing.
    Within the existing scope of the practice of funeral directing or funeral directing and embalming, only a licensed funeral director, a licensed funeral director and embalmer, or a licensed funeral director and embalmer intern under the restrictions provided for in this Code, and not any other person employed or contracted by the licensee, may engage in the following activities at-need: (1) have direct contact with consumers and explain funeral or burial merchandise or services or (2) negotiate, develop, or finalize contracts with consumers. This paragraph shall not be construed or enforced in such a manner as to limit the functions of persons regulated under the Illinois Funeral or Burial Funds Act, the Illinois Pre-Need Cemetery Sales Act, the Cemetery Oversight Act, the Cemetery Care Act, the Cemetery Association Act, the Illinois Insurance Code, or any other related professional regulatory Act.
    The practice of funeral directing shall not include the phoning in of obituary notices, ordering of flowers for the funeral, or reporting of prices on the firm's general price list as required by the Federal Trade Commission Funeral Rule by nonlicensed persons, or like clerical tasks incidental to the act of making funeral arrangements.
    The making of funeral arrangements, at need, shall be done only by licensed funeral directors or licensed funeral directors and embalmers. Licensed funeral director and embalmer interns may, however, assist or participate in the arrangements under the direct supervision of a licensed funeral director or licensed funeral director and embalmer.
(Source: P.A. 97-1130, eff. 8-28-12; 98-432, eff. 1-1-14.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 102-881)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)
    Sec. 1-15. Funeral directing; definition. Conducting or engaging in or representing or holding out oneself as conducting or engaging in any one or any combination of the following practices constitutes the practice of funeral directing:
        (a) The practice of preparing, otherwise than by
    
embalming, for the burial, cremation, or disposition and directing and supervising the burial or disposition of deceased human remains or performing any act or service in connection with the preparing of dead human bodies. Preparation, direction, and supervision shall not be construed to mean those functions normally performed by cemetery and crematory personnel.
        (b) The practice of operating a place for preparing
    
for the disposition of deceased human bodies or for caring for deceased human bodies before their disposition. Nothing in this Code shall prohibit the ownership and management of such a place by an unlicensed owner if the place is operated in accordance with this Code and the unlicensed owner does not engage in any form of funeral directing. An unlicensed owner may interact with consumers while a licensed funeral director is present in accordance with this Section.
        (c) The removal of a deceased human body from its
    
place of death, institution, or other location. A licensed funeral director and embalmer intern may remove a deceased human body from its place of death, institution, or other location without another licensee being present. The licensed funeral director may engage others who are not licensed funeral directors, licensed funeral director and embalmers, or licensed funeral director and embalmer interns to assist in the removal if the funeral director directs and instructs them in handling and precautionary procedures and accompanies them on all calls. The transportation of deceased human remains to a cemetery, crematory or other place of final disposition shall be under the immediate direct supervision of a licensee unless otherwise permitted by this Section. The transportation of deceased human remains that are embalmed or otherwise prepared and enclosed in an appropriate container to some other place that is not the place of final disposition, such as another funeral home or common carrier, or to a facility that shares common ownership with the transporting funeral home may be performed under the general supervision of a licensee, but the supervision need not be immediate or direct.
        (d) The administering and conducting of, or assuming
    
responsibility for administering and conducting of, at need funeral arrangements.
        (e) The assuming custody of, transportation,
    
providing shelter, protection and care and disposition of deceased human remains and the furnishing of necessary funeral services, facilities and equipment.
        (f) Using in connection with a name or practice the
    
word "funeral director", "undertaker", "mortician", "funeral home", "funeral parlor", "funeral chapel", or any other title implying that the person is engaged in the practice of funeral directing.
    Within the existing scope of the practice of funeral directing or funeral directing and embalming, only a licensed funeral director, a licensed funeral director and embalmer, or a licensed funeral director and embalmer intern under the restrictions provided for in this Code, and not any other person employed or contracted by the licensee, may engage in the following activities at-need: (1) have direct contact with consumers and explain funeral or burial merchandise or services or (2) negotiate, develop, or finalize contracts with consumers. This paragraph shall not be construed or enforced in such a manner as to limit the functions of persons regulated under the Illinois Funeral or Burial Funds Act, the Illinois Pre-Need Cemetery Sales Act, the Cemetery Oversight Act, the Cemetery Care Act, the Cemetery Association Act, the Illinois Insurance Code, or any other related professional regulatory Act.
    The practice of funeral directing shall not include the phoning in of obituary notices, ordering of flowers for the funeral, or reporting of prices on the firm's general price list as required by the Federal Trade Commission Funeral Rule by nonlicensed persons, or like clerical tasks incidental to the act of making funeral arrangements.
    The making of funeral arrangements, at need, shall be done only by licensed funeral directors or licensed funeral directors and embalmers. Licensed funeral director and embalmer interns may, however, assist or participate in the arrangements under the direct supervision of a licensed funeral director or licensed funeral director and embalmer.
(Source: P.A. 102-881, eff. 1-1-23.)

225 ILCS 41/1-20

    (225 ILCS 41/1-20)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)
    Sec. 1-20. Funeral directing and embalming; definition. "The practice of funeral directing and embalming" means:
        (a) The practice of preparing, otherwise than by
    
embalming, for the burial, cremation, or disposition and directing and supervising the burial or disposition of deceased human remains or performing any act or service in connection with the preparing of dead human bodies. Preparation, direction, and supervision shall not be construed to mean those functions normally performed by cemetery and crematory personnel.
        (b) The practice of operating a place for preparing
    
for the disposition of deceased human bodies or for caring for deceased human bodies before their disposition. Nothing in this Code shall prohibit the ownership and management of such a place by an unlicensed owner if the place is operated in accordance with this Code and the unlicensed owner does not engage in any form of funeral directing and embalming.
        (c) The removal of a deceased human body from its
    
place of death, institution or other location. A licensed funeral director and embalmer intern may remove a deceased human body from its place of death, institution, or other location without another licensee being present. The licensed funeral director and embalmer may engage others who are not licensed funeral directors and embalmers, licensed funeral directors, or licensed funeral director and embalmer interns to assist in the removal if the funeral director and embalmer directs and instructs them in handling and precautionary procedures and accompanies them on all calls. The transportation of deceased human remains to a cemetery, crematory or other place of final disposition shall be under the immediate, direct supervision of a licensee unless otherwise permitted by this Section. The transportation of deceased human remains that are embalmed or otherwise prepared and enclosed in an appropriate container to some other place that is not the place of final disposition, such as another funeral home or common carrier, or to a facility that shares common ownership with the transporting funeral home may be performed under the general supervision of a licensee, but the supervision need not be immediate or direct.
        (d) The administering and conducting of, or assuming
    
responsibility for administering and conducting of, at need funeral arrangements.
        (e) The assuming custody of, transportation,
    
providing shelter, protection and care and disposition of deceased human remains and the furnishing of necessary funeral services, facilities and equipment.
        (f) Using in connection with a name or practice the
    
word "funeral director and embalmer", "embalmer", "funeral director", "undertaker", "mortician", "funeral home", "funeral parlor", "funeral chapel", or any other title implying that the person is engaged in the practice of funeral directing and embalming.
        (g) The practice of embalming or representing or
    
holding out oneself as engaged in the practice of embalming of deceased human bodies or the transportation of human bodies deceased of a contagious or infectious disease.
    Within the existing scope of the practice of funeral directing or funeral directing and embalming, only a licensed funeral director, a licensed funeral director and embalmer, or a licensed funeral director and embalmer intern under the restrictions provided for in this Code, and not any other person employed or contracted by the licensee, may engage in the following activities at-need: (1) have direct contact with consumers and explain funeral or burial merchandise or services or (2) negotiate, develop, or finalize contracts with consumers. This paragraph shall not be construed or enforced in such a manner as to limit the functions of persons regulated under the Illinois Funeral or Burial Funds Act, the Illinois Pre-Need Cemetery Sales Act, the Cemetery Oversight Act, the Cemetery Care Act, the Cemetery Association Act, the Illinois Insurance Code, or any other related professional regulatory Act.
    The practice of funeral directing and embalming shall not include the phoning in of obituary notices, ordering of flowers for the funeral, or reporting of prices on the firm's general price list as required by the Federal Trade Commission Funeral Rule by nonlicensed persons, or like clerical tasks incidental to the act of making funeral arrangements.
    The making of funeral arrangements, at need, shall be done only by licensed funeral directors or licensed funeral directors and embalmers. Licensed funeral director and embalmer interns may, however, assist or participate in the arrangements under the direct supervision of a licensed funeral director or licensed funeral director and embalmer.
(Source: P.A. 96-1463, eff. 1-1-11; 97-1130, eff. 8-28-12.)

225 ILCS 41/1-30

    (225 ILCS 41/1-30)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 102-881)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)
    Sec. 1-30. Powers of the Department. Subject to the provisions of this Code, the Department may exercise the following powers:
        (1) To authorize examinations to ascertain the
    
qualifications and fitness of applicants for licensing as a licensed funeral director and embalmer and pass upon the qualifications of applicants for licensure.
        (2) To examine the records of a licensed funeral
    
director or licensed funeral director and embalmer from any year or any other aspect of funeral directing and embalming as the Department deems appropriate.
        (3) To investigate any and all funeral directing and
    
embalming activity.
        (4) To conduct hearings on proceedings to refuse to
    
issue or renew licenses or to revoke, suspend, place on probation, reprimand, or otherwise discipline a license under this Code or take other non-disciplinary action.
        (5) To adopt all necessary and reasonable rules and
    
regulations for the effective administration of this Code.
        (6) To prescribe forms to be issued for the
    
administration and enforcement of this Code.
        (7) To maintain rosters of the names and addresses of
    
all licensees and all persons whose licenses have been suspended, revoked, denied renewal, or otherwise disciplined within the previous calendar year. These rosters shall be available upon written request and payment of the required fee as established by rule.
        (8) To contract with third parties for services
    
necessary for the proper administration of this Code including, without limitation, investigators with the proper knowledge, training, and skills to properly inspect funeral homes and investigate complaints under this Code.
(Source: P.A. 96-1463, eff. 1-1-11; 97-1130, eff. 8-28-12.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 102-881)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)
    Sec. 1-30. Powers of the Department. Subject to the provisions of this Code, the Department may exercise the following powers:
        (1) To authorize examinations to ascertain the
    
qualifications and fitness of applicants for licensing as a licensed funeral director and embalmer and pass upon the qualifications of applicants for licensure.
        (2) To examine the records of a licensed funeral
    
director or licensed funeral director and embalmer from any year or any other aspect of funeral directing and embalming as the Department deems appropriate.
        (3) To investigate any and all funeral directing and
    
embalming activity.
        (4) To conduct hearings on proceedings to refuse to
    
issue or renew licenses or to revoke, suspend, place on probation, reprimand, or otherwise discipline a license under this Code or take other non-disciplinary action.
        (5) To adopt all necessary and reasonable rules and
    
regulations for the effective administration of this Code.
        (6) To prescribe forms to be issued for the
    
administration and enforcement of this Code.
        (7) (Blank).
        (8) To contract with third parties for services
    
necessary for the proper administration of this Code including, without limitation, investigators with the proper knowledge, training, and skills to properly inspect funeral homes and investigate complaints under this Code.
(Source: P.A. 102-881, eff. 1-1-23.)