This article originally appeared in the April 2, 2020, issue of the Memorial Business Journal.
The FTC is extending by 60 days the deadline to submit comments as part of the agency’s review of its Funeral Rule. The deadline was originally April 14 and is now June 15.
The FTC announced in February that it would accept comments on a wide range of issues related to the Funeral Rule. In response to requests from potential commenters for an extension due to the coronavirus pandemic, the FTC will soon publish a notice in the Federal Register announcing the comment deadline extension.
The FTC is soliciting comments about the efficiency, costs, benefits and regulatory impact of the Funeral Rule as part of its systematic review of all current commission regulations/guides.
All interested persons are hereby given notice of the opportunity to submit written data, views and arguments concerning the rule, which defines unfair and deceptive practices in the sale of funeral goods and services and prescribes preventive requirements to protect consumers against these practices.
Write “Funeral Rule Regulatory Review, 16 CFR Part 310, Project No. P034410” on your comment. Your comment, including your name and state of residence, will be placed on the public record of this proceeding, including, to the extent practicable, at regulations.gov.
Postal mail addressed to the FTC is subject to delay due to heightened security screening. Because of this, the FTC encourages the public to submit comments online. To make sure the FTC considers your online comment, you must file it through regulations.gov by following the instructions on the web-based form provided.
If you file your comment via mail, write Funeral Rule Regulatory Review, 16 CFR Part 310, Project No. P034410 on your comment and on the envelope and mail to:
Federal Trade Commission
Office of the Secretary
600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Suite CC-5610 (Annex B)
Washington, DC 20580
Comments can also be delivered directly to the FTC, Office of the Secretary, Constitution Center, 400 Seventh St. SW, Fifth Floor, Suite 5610, Washington, DC 20024. If possible, submit your paper comment to the commission via courier or overnight service.