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Closure of walk-in services
In response to COVID-19 social distancing precautions, DHP’s public reception area is closed to walk-in services.. Read More.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Updates
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has information on the Coronavirus Disease for both healthcare professionals and the general public which is updated regularly, as new information becomes available. Read more here.Add your phone to the fight here.
See all COVID-19 Announcements from the Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers
Staff in Training - October 28 & 29, 2020
Board staff will be attending training on October 28, 2020 and October 29, 2020 from 1-3pm. All emails and/or voicemails will be returned as soon as possible.
The Department of Health Professions (DHP) has been made aware that some licensees have received fraudulent communications from individuals claiming to be from one of our licensing boards, such as the Board of Pharmacy, or another agency, such as the DEA. The communications, often by phone, may threaten arrest or license suspension, demand personal information, or require the payment of fines. Read More.
Important Information on Cremation Authorizations
Updated Cremation Module Information (August 2020)
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) has provided the following information about recent changes to the Cremation Module in EDRS.
For over a year, OCME worked with Vital Records and organizations representing the funeral industry to develop and implement a module in the Electronic Death Record System (EDRS) to authorize cremations electronically when requested. This module will improve the efficiency of the cremation authorization process and address issues raised by VDH internal audit regarding prompt and complete review as well as duplication of effort. Recommendations and testing by local medical examiners, funeral directors, and OCME district staff were essential in module development.
Implementation of the electronic cremation module occurred on June 22, 2020 and only electronic cremation authorizations are valid for deaths occurring after that date. The system assures that only active appointed medical examiners are able to authorize cremation and supports timely review by assistant chief medical examiners. Additionally, it eliminates redundant examination for medical examiner cases by requiring cremation authorization by the medical examiner performing the official medicolegal death investigation and examination.
We are still working with Vital Records to institute an electronic payment system for cremation and other medical examiner services. Until this system is in place, please continue to arrange payment with the local medical examiners and/or district offices
The attached powerpoint is a guide for using the electronic cremation module.
Ensuring Active Status of Local Medical Examiners (March 2020)
The OCME issued this correspondence to the Board related to verifying the active status of local medical examiners.
Additional Information About Cremation Authorizations (February 20, 2018)
Click here to access the OCME’s February 2018 memo regarding cremation authorizations.
Updates to the Electronic Death Reporting System (EDRS)
June 9, 2020 - The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has asked for assistance in distributing the following information to funeral licensees, Using the New and Improved Cremation Module in EDRS: Information for Funeral Directors. The cremation module in the Electronic Death Reporting System (EDRS) is set to be updated around June 15, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Click here for more information on EDRS.
The Board offers electronic license verifications using the DHP License Lookup feature. License Lookup is updated in real time and available 24/7 to anyone seeking public licensure information on healthcare practitioners in Virginia. Please click here for instructions and fees on requesting a paper version to be sent to another jurisdiction on your behalf.
Bloodborne Pathogens Training Courses
Please click here to view a listing of OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Training Courses
Virginia Department of Veterans Services
To implement the 2012 legislation passed regarding Unclaimed Remains of Veterans, the Department of Veterans Services (DVS) requests the assistance of funeral homes in identifying the unclaimed veterans remains. Please see the following from DVS:
Duty to Report Adult Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation - More
The Adult Protective Services Program at the Virginia Department of Social Services is pleased to announce the availability of a new online educational opportunity for mandated reporters of abuse, neglect and exploitation of older or incapacitated individuals. This online training course has been developed for, and with the assistance of, mandated reporters and APS professionals to assist mandated reporters in understanding adult abuse and their responsibilities as mandated reporters. Read More...
View a current list of Board approved continuing education providers. (pdf document)
Cremation Certification Providers
View a current list of Board approved cremation certification programs (pdf document)
View the list of Professions regulated by the Board.