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Guidance Documents

The Code of Virginia requires annual publication of lists of guidance documents from state agencies. A guidance document is defined as "...any document developed by a state agency or staff that provides information or guidance of general applicability to the staff or public to interpret or implement statutes or the agency's rules or regulations..." Agencies are required to maintain a complete, current list of all guidance documents and make the full text of such documents available to the public.

Copies of the following documents may be viewed during regular work days from 8:15 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the offices of the Department of Health Professions, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Henrico Virginia 23233-1463. Copies may also be downloaded by clicking on the links below or from the Regulatory Townhall at or requested by email at Questions regarding implementation of these documents or requests for copies may be directed to Corie Tillman Wolf, Director of the Board, at the address above or by telephone at (804) 367-4479. Copies are free of charge.

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Guidance Documents:

65-1, Time credit for continuing education courses - re-adopted April 17, 2018

65-2, Disposition of disciplinary cases for practicing on an expired license - re-adopted April 17, 2018

65-3, Guidelines for Processing Applications for Licensure: Examination, Endorsement and Reinstatement - effective March 18, 2021

65-4, Aiding and abetting unlicensed practice - re-affirmed January 24, 2019 (PDF)

65-5, Reciprocal agreement with the District of Columbia Board of Funeral Directors - revised July 11, 2019 (PDF)

65-6, Reciprocal agreement with the Maryland State Board of Morticians and Funeral Directors - effective February 8, 2012 (PDF)

65-7, Guidance on Educational and Pathology Coursework Requirements for Funeral Director License Applicants - effective March 18, 2021

65-10, By-Laws of the Board - effective September 16, 2021 (PDF format)

65-11, Inspection Guidance Document - effective March 18, 2021

65-12, Board action on Confidential Consent Agreements revised January 10, 2017

65-14, Sanctioning Reference Points Instruction Manual - revised January 2018 (PDF format)

65-15, Guidance for Granting Internship Extensions - revised January 24, 2019 (PDF)

65-16, Procedures for Auditing Continuing Education - revised April 18, 2017

65-17, Initiating Disciplinary Action Against Funeral Homes for Failing to Submit Corrective Action to Deficiencies Noted During Routine Inspections - revised April 17, 2018

65-18, Guidance on Surface Transportation & Removal Services - effective June 13, 2019

65-19, Identification of Funeral Service Interns - adopted July 18, 2017