How to File a Complaint
The Nova Scotia Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors (N.S.B.R.E.F.D) or the "Board" is
empowered by the Embalmers and Funeral Directors Act (the "Act") to consider and investigate complaints regarding the conduct or actions of any person licensed pursuant to the Act.
The Board has the authority to define what constitutes incompetence and misconduct of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. They have established procedures to deal with complaints from fellow practitioners. But, more importantly the Board has an obligation to the public. It is part of their mandate to hear and, if deemed warranted, take action concerning complaints from consumers or family members. These complaints may be associated with the practices or conduct of either funeral home and/or the licensed staff.The board will accept and investigate complaints.
Complaints must be made in writing and sent to the N.S.B.R.E.F.D.
When a complaint is received the Administrator will review it for the following:
Has the funeral service business or funeral employee violated the Funeral Services Act or Regulations?
Does any alleged action on the part of a licensee undermine or compromise the professional integrity of the funeral services profession?
Is it in the public interest to take action?
The Administrator will ask the complainant if they have already contacted the funeral services business in an attempt to resolve their complaint. If not, this will be suggested as the first course of action.
If the complainant is unwilling or unable to proceed with this request, or the complaint has not been resolved to his or her satisfaction, the Administrator will bring it to the attention of the Chairperson of the board to deal with.
A complainant will also be asked for permission to include their name and letter of complaint in any correspondence with the funeral services business name in the complaint.
The Chairperson of the N.S.B.R.E.F.D will notify the business manager of the funeral services business of the complaint and ask for a written response within ten (10) days time. If a complaint is unsubstantiated, both the complainant and the funeral services business will be notified of the result of the investigation.
If the Board of Directors finds that a contravention of the Embalmers and Funeral Directors Act or Regulations has occurred, the Chairperson of the Board will instruct the funeral services business to rectify the contravention or require the licensee to appear before the board to determine the future status of his or her license.
If an investigation/hearing produces any evidence that a criminal act has occurred or is occurring, the matter will immediately be referred to Service Nova Scotia Licensing Registrar and the Police/R.C.M.P Agency of jurisdiction.
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None of us at the Nova Scotia Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors wishes to hear about the negligence or unethical behavior of one of our own; yet we promise to take your complaint very seriously. If you have questions about the process of filing a complaint with a funeral home or licensee,
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