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18VAC65-20-611. Standards for proper handling of dead human remains.

A. Refrigeration.  Upon taking custody thereof, a funeral establishment shall ensure that a dead human body is embalmed or maintained in refrigeration at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or less, if it is to be stored for more than 48 hours.

B. Storage of remains.  If a dead human body is to be stored for more than 48 hours, it shall be maintained in a container that substantially meets the following:

1. Be able to be closed in order to provider complete covering for the human remains; and

2. Be resistant to leakage or spillage.

C. Disclosures.  If a dead human body is to be stored at a location other than at the funeral establishment that has taken custody thereof, the establishment shall disclose to the contract buyer the location where the body is stored and the method of storage.

D. Handling of animal remains.  Funeral establishments, crematories or transportation services shall not transport animal remains together with dead human bodies nor refrigerate animal remains in a unit where dead human bodies are being stored.