The funeral industry body, FFMA launched a UK coffin and casket certification scheme in September 2016, working in partnership with Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider.
Following an increase in reports from crematoria about incidents of coffins not behaving as expected when auto-charged or cremated, the FFMA contracted with Intertek to set up a Coffin Certification Standard. This will ensure that all coffins presented for cremation are of a desired standard and deemed to be fit for purpose.
The initiative has been fully endorsed by the Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities (FBCA), Institute of Cemetery & Crematorium Management (ICCM), Cremation Society of Great Britain and The Association of Private Crematoria & Cemeteries (ACCP).
UKAS – Accredited International Market Leader, Intertek conducted the tests and Intertek’s results have provided the required evidence to ensure that all FFMA accredited Coffins and Caskets meet the required level of quality.
David Crampton President of the FFMA said: “The launch of the Coffin Certification Standard is a major step forward to ensuring that high standards are maintained across the trade. The cremation sector has provided guidance to all of their members to recognise the FFMA trademark standard, as a standard of quality, ensuring a coffin or casket bearing the mark is fit for cremation.”
Rachel Hainsworth, commercial director of Natural Legacy said “We are very pleased to have gained this well regarded and recognised Certification for our Woollen Coffins and Caskets and are confident it will help with the continued development and acceptance of our product range with our exclusive distributors, JC Atkinson, across the whole industry”.
Natural Legacy is a dedicated arm of a family run business that has operated in Yorkshire, England for over 230 years. The woollen outer covering is woven at the mill and every coffin and ash casket is hand finished on site ensuring that the products that they supply are only ever of the very highest quality.
Natural Legacy is committed to ensuring that families have a choice when arranging both their own, and their loved one’s funerals. Natural Legacy aims to ensure there are options available that allow a softer goodbye compared to the more traditional coffins that can be overwhelming at a time of great distress.
The exclusive UK distributors of the Natural Legacy range, JC Atkinson, manufacture and distribute over 60,000 coffins a year from their factory in the North East of England. They have a long heritage of producing beautifully crafted coffins from high quality materials.
For more information please visit www.naturallegacy.co.uk or contact Rachel Hainsworth, Natural Legacy, firstname.lastname@example.org; 0113 395 5632 or for sales and distribution queries Greg Cranfield , JC Atkinson email@example.com; 07342 993676.