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Notifying the Board about Human Remains

Per OAR 830-030-0010(4), all human remains shall be cremated, interred or entombed within ten days after a licensed funeral establishment takes possession of the remains. If human remains are going to be kept longer than a ten-day period due to exigent circumstances, it is the responsibility of the licensee responsible for those human remains to notify the Board's office. 

Additionally, per OAR 830-040-0000(10), after human remains are released to the cemetery authority, they shall be placed in their designated grave, crypt or vault within 24 hours after taking possession of the remains unless exigent circumstances exist. After human remains are released to the crematory authority, those remains shall be cremated and processed within 48 hours unless exigent circumstances exist. In such exigent circumstances, the cemetery/crematory authority shall notify both the funeral service practitioner responsible for the arrangements and the office of the Board. The funeral service practitioner responsible for the arrangements for that deceased shall notify the family of such exigent circumstances.

Funeral service practitioners and Board staff often refer to this notification as a "10 Day Body Hold." 
Ways to Notify the Board about Human Remains:


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