CFDA's executive director, Steffani Blackstock, and CFDA's Legislative/Advocacy chair, Chuck Bowman, attended the Rulemaking Meeting hosted by the Dept. of Regulatory Agencies offices in downtown Denver on October 31.
Testimony was given about the drafted rules pertaining to positive identification and chain of custody. Once adopted, funeral establishments and crematories will be required to:
- Review and modify release forms for removal and transfers of deceased to ensure minimum standards are satisfied according to state law and DORA rules.
- Confirm positive identification of the deceased before removal from a hospital, hospice, other care facility, coroners' office, other location or establishment.
- Require signature from an authorized representative to attest to the identification and release of the deceased to the custody of a registered funeral establishment or crematory.
If an authorized facility representative or coroner fails to sign the required release form to attest positive ID or transfer of custody, a registered funeral establishment or crematory should exercise caution to protect itself from liability and may refuse to make the removal.