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§ 90‑210.20. Definitions.

(a)        "Advertisement"means the publication, dissemination, circulation or placing before the public,or causing directly or indirectly to be made, published, disseminated or placedbefore the public, any announcement or statement in a newspaper, magazine, orother publication, or in the form of a book, notice, circular, pamphlet,letter, handbill, poster, bill, sign, placard, card, label or tag, or over anyradio, television station, or electronic medium.

(b)        "Board"means the North Carolina Board of Funeral Service.

(c)        "Burial"includes interment in any form, cremation and the transportation of the deadhuman body as necessary therefor.

(c1)      "Chapel"means a chapel or other facility separate from the funeral establishmentpremises for the primary purpose of reposing of dead human bodies, visitationor funeral ceremony that is owned, operated, or maintained by a funeralestablishment under this Article, and that does not use the word"funeral" in its name, on a sign, in a directory, in advertising orin any other manner; in which or on the premises of which there is notdisplayed any caskets or other funeral merchandise; in which or on the premisesof which there is not located any preparation room; and which no owner,operator, employee, or agent thereof represents the chapel to be a funeralestablishment.

(c2)      "Dead humanbodies", as used in this Article includes fetuses beyond the secondtrimester and the ashes from cremated bodies.

(d)        "Embalmer"means any person engaged in the practice of embalming.

(e)        "Embalming"means the preservation and disinfection or attempted preservation anddisinfection of dead human bodies by application of chemicals externally orinternally or both and the practice of restorative art including the restorationor attempted restoration of the appearance of a dead human body. Embalmingshall not include the washing or use of soap and water to cleanse or prepare adead human body for disposition by the authorized agents, family, or friends ofthe deceased who do so privately without pay or as part of the ritual washingand preparation of dead human bodies prescribed by religious practices;provided, that no dead human body shall be handled in a manner inconsistentwith G.S. 130A‑395.

(f)         "Funeraldirecting" means engaging in the practice of funeral service exceptembalming.

(g)        "Funeraldirector" means any person engaged in the practice of funeral directing.

(h)        "Funeralestablishment" means every place or premises devoted to or used in thecare, arrangement and preparation for the funeral and final disposition of deadhuman bodies and maintained for the convenience of the public in connectionwith dead human bodies or as the place for carrying on the practice of funeralservice.

(i)         "Funeralservice licensee" means a person who is duly licensed and engaged in thepractice of funeral service.

(j)         "Funeralservice" means the aggregate of all funeral service licensees and theirduties and responsibilities in connection with the funeral as an organized,purposeful, time‑limited, flexible, group‑centered response todeath.

(k)        "Practice offuneral service" means engaging in the care or disposition of dead humanbodies or in the practice of disinfecting and preparing by embalming orotherwise dead human bodies for the funeral service, transportation, burial orcremation, or in the practice of funeral directing or embalming as presentlyknown, whether under these titles or designations or otherwise. "Practiceof funeral service" also means engaging in making arrangements for funeralservice, selling funeral supplies to the public or making financialarrangements for the rendering of such services or the sale of such supplies.

(l)         "Residenttrainee" means a person who is engaged in preparing to become licensed forthe practice of funeral directing, embalming or funeral service under thepersonal supervision and instruction of a person duly licensed for the practiceof funeral directing, embalming or funeral service in the State of NorthCarolina under the provisions of this Chapter, and who is duly registered as aresident trainee with the Board. (1957, c. 1240, s. 2; 1975, c. 571; 1979, c. 461, s.6; 1987, c. 430, s. 2; c. 879, s. 6.2; 1997‑399, s. 1; 2001‑294, s.2; 2003‑420, ss. 1, 3; 2007‑531, s. 2.)