During the 2 year process of compiling data to help write the FFMA Coffin & Casket Testing Protocol and working with our trade associates, the working group found lots of useful guidance information/advice which could not be included in the Testing Protocol but helped steer some of our recommendations to help keep in-line with common practices within the industry.

The FFMA invite all trade Associate to include their recommendations, please contact the FFMA with details.

FFMA announces new chief executive

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Alun Tucker has been appointed chief executive of the Funeral Furnishing Manufacturers’ Association (FFMA) and takes up post on Monday, 22 October.

The FFMA represents more than 50 nationwide businesses involved in the manufacture of coffins and caskets and other goods to the funeral profession.

In recent years, the organisation has developed a rigorous testing protocol which has resulted in the Coffin and Casket Certification scheme and provides reassurance that coffins are fit for purpose.

As chief executive of the FFMA, Alun will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the organisation, including managing its finances, administering the Coffin and Casket Certification scheme and keeping members up-to-date with the association’s work, to name but a few areas of focus.

A stalwart of the funeral world, he has been in funeral service since the age of 14 and attained his Diploma in Funeral Directing in 1981. Over the years, he has worked in management with a range of funeral businesses, including the Co-op and Essex-based H L Hawes and Son, which was acquired by independently-owned West and Coe, a company he continues to serve on a casual basis.

Alun is currently president of the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors and has been a member of the executive committee since 1998.

He is also keen to promote the next generation of funeral directors, having chaired the Independent Funeral Directors’ College between 2005 and 2008 and through his current role as company secretary at the British Institute of Funeral Directors.

Alun said: “I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to lead the FFMA. The funeral profession is going through significant changes which are having an impact upon both those who care directly for bereaved families and those who supply the products they rely on to do the job.

“In the coming months, I look forward to working with the president of the FFMA and its executive board to develop a strategy which builds upon the good work done to date and facilitates the growth of the association in the future. We’ll look to strengthen partnerships with kindred associations to overcome the challenges wrought by change and help our members to identify and understand the opportunities it offers.”

President of the FFMA, Adam Masters, added: “We’re extremely pleased to announce Alun’s appointment to this key position with the association. His track record and experience in the funeral profession are second to none and are certain to stand us in good stead strategically in the years ahead.

“A true gentleman, we’ve no doubt he’ll really enhance our member experience and develop those important relationships with other stakeholders within the funeral profession and beyond.”

FFMA’s national president retires after 18 years

The Funeral Furnishing Manufacturer’s Association (FFMA) held its slightly delayed annual general meeting (AGM) on Wednesday 17 January 2018 where its national president David Crampton officially retired and handed over the chain of office to Adam Masters of Tributes.

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FFMA Launch Coffin and Casket Certification Scheme

FFMA Coffin Certification Scheme stamp verification

November 2016 - The FFMA and the Cremations Associations are no longer thinking or in negotiations with regards to the Coffin & Casket Protocol. With the support of the Funeral Requisite Manufacture's and the UK Crematoria - The Funeral Furnishing Manufacture's Coffin and Casket Protocol is up and running.

Funeral Service Times – 1st September 2016. The FFMA launch UK coffin and casket certification scheme, working in partnership with Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider. The initiative has been fully endorsed and the scheme supported throughout by the FBCA, ICCM, ACCP and The Cremation Society of Great Britain.

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FBCA endorses FFMA coffin protocol

Funeral Service Times – 4th August 2016. FBCA announces it will be endorsing the FFMA Protocol, in line with the ICCM and APPC Cremation Associations.

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Test Protocol Finalisation Meeting Transcript

Transcript of meeting held at Intertek on 6th June 2016 to discuss and progress the Coffin and Casket Test protocol.

Working Party of the FFMA
Tim Morris - ICCM
Rick Powell - FBCA
Richard Baradel - APPC


Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Bill

Scottish Parliament - 9th December 2015. The committee hear and discuss evidence on the bill, including the FFMA protocol, and the FFMA’s ash residue research recommending the new capacity container. (See FFMA Ash Recommendation & Guidance below) 

Tim Morris - ICCM
Rick Powell - FBCA

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FFMA Ash Recommendation & Guidance

Following a comprehensive review and testing of many types of coffin, this advice and guidance is offered to Funeral Operatives who have responsibility for the care of cremated ash.


Defra Statutory Guidance for Crematoria

Process Guidance Note 5/1 (12)



FBCA Guidance

None currently available.

ICCM Guidance

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APCC Guidance

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