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Dear members,

We hope you are safe and healthy in these uncertain and ominous times. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak has become a worldwide health crisis and governments across the globe struggle to contain the pandemic. Their hope is to limit the number of new infections, while treating those individuals suffering from COVID-19 and isolating others whose symptoms are not as severe but who might spread the disease. It is strongly advised to:

  • Find local information
  • Know the signs & symptoms
  • Take steps for those at higher risks
  • Protect yourself and your family
  • Create a household plan
  • Stay informed about emergency plans

The World Health Organization informs through the following link: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Governments of different countries are announcing restrictions and guidelines with regard to the funeral industry. Wherever possible, we ask you to share (local) recommendations and actions taken in order to inform and help each other. Please send your input to the ICF office and allow us to share the news with all our members worldwide. Thank you.

We wish you well in coping with the challenging circumstances.

All the best, on behalf of the Executive Committee

International Cremation Federation

Founded in London in 1937 the International Cremation Federation (ICF) is an international non-pro

fit organisation devoted to promoting the practice of cremation to the highest standard.

In 1996 the International Cremation Federation was granted Consultative Status (Roster) with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. The Federation has the ability to contribute to the international cremation movement and work of the United Nations at the highest level.

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Code of Ethics

Our Code of Ethics is certainly one of the most important documents of the ICF. Not only has it been agreed and signed by all our members, but it has also formed the basis of many ethical codes from other (national and international) organizations in our industry. At the General Council meeting of 4 July 2011 in Bristol, a renewed version of the code of ethics was presented. The meeting adopted unanimously this version and agreed that the new version would replace the old one. Below you will find the Code of Ethics valid as of 4 July 2011. We encourage all our members to display the Code of Ethics on their premises, for the public to see. Obviously websites and other promotional material are also very appropriate ways of informing the public on our standards of ethical behavior.

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Handbook on Cremation

The International Cremation Federation (ICF) has celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2012. This is reason enough – but not the only one – to publish the Handbook on Cremation. This English-language handbook includes articles from authors from around the world, who are experts in the funeral and cremation business. The book was released on October 4th, 2012.

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