FSCSR Working Group A has met to review monitoring and inspection standards within the funeral sector. It has commenced work on a first draft of a new, industry-wide code of practice for the funeral directing profession in the United Kingdom.
The purpose of Working Group A is to produce a robust and comprehensive code of practice for the funeral directing profession and recommendations on how compliance should be monitored, to be presented to the Steering Committee for approval.
Once approved, the intention is for these to be incorporated by both major trade associations and presented to Government. The draft industry code of practice and list of inspection requirements will be reviewed by a Stakeholder Reference Group, comprising a wide range of consumer groups and experts in consumer markets, before the FSCSR Stakeholder Group presents its final report and recommendations.
Chaired by Natalie McKail, membership of the group includes the main funeral sector trade association, representatives from funeral firms large and small, representatives from consumer organisations and experts in regulatory matters.
Membership of Working Group A:
The Funeral Service Consumer Standards Review (FSCSR) is an independently-chaired project that brings together the skills and knowledge of industry experts and key stakeholders with a view to improving quality, standards and outcomes for funeral service consumers. The FSCSR was initiated to assess how standards and quality of service are inspected and reviewed and to develop joint solutions to existing issues, make clear recommendations to Government and produce at an agreed code of practice and approach to how pricing information is made available to the public. The creation of the group was referenced in the Competition and Markets Authority’s final report, recommending a market investigation.