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Unlike most states, the State of Colorado does not license funeral directors or embalmers. Colorado's legislature abolished the previous licensing system in 1982, primarily because of a lack of complaints by consumers and a cumbersome regulatory system.
For many years, CFDA has actively promoted legislation that would restore licensing for funeral professionals in Colorado. The state legislature has repeatedly voted down these measures because there are relatively few complaints by Colorado consumers about funeral service providers in the state.
In 2009, the Colorado General Assembly passed House Bill 09-1202 that restored regulation for funeral establishments and crematories. This act created a new licensing system for funeral homes and crematories in Colorado, administered by the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), Colorado's consumer protection agency.
The Federal Trade Commission maintains supervision and enforcement over highly restrictive regulations regarding the listing of products and distribution of price lists.
The Funeral Rule, enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), makes it possible for you to choose only those goods and services you want or need and to pay only for those you select, whether you are making arrangements when a death occurs or in advance. The Rule allows you to compare prices among funeral homes, and makes it possible for you to select the funeral arrangements you want at the home you use. (The Rule does not apply to third-party sellers, such as casket and monument dealers, or to cemeteries that lack an on-site funeral home.)
The location and construction of crematories and funeral homes is covered first by a complex series of local planning and zoning ordinances, as well as rules and regulations issued by the Colorado State Department of Health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA), in addition to all laws that apply to the creation and development of business enterprises in Colorado.
The employment of and management of staff is covered first by all labor laws at the state and federal level.
Employee health and safety matters are regulated by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA).
In addition to the above, funeral directors, funeral homes, crematories and cemeteries are subject to all laws that apply to all businesses, including laws relating to, but not limited to