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of Embalmers

The British Institute of Embalmers


On successful completion of the theoretical and practical examinations, the award of membership may be made, upon application, to students considered suitable. Membership may also be granted to candidates whose qualifications are considered compatible with the standards required. Other International members may hold direct membership.


This is an honour conferred on a Member who is considered to have rendered outstanding service to the Institute. One considered for such honour will have been recognised as having made an especially noteworthy contribution to embalming through the Institute, or having been engaged on research work or similar activities in the interest and promotion of embalming, provided such activities are considered to merit the rank or degree of Fellowship. It is not conferred by application.

The Governing Body Of The Institute

The Governing body is the National Council, members of which are appointed at the Annual General Meeting and Annual Conference held in Spring each year.

The National Officers

The National Officers are:-


These officers are elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Institute, with the exception of the Immediate Past President.

The Institute consists, at present, of TWELVE DIVISIONS.

The Scottish Division
The Welsh Division
The Southern Division
The South West Division
The Yorkshire Division
The Northern Ireland Division
The North East Division
The Irish Division
The North West Division
The Australasian Division
The Midland Division
The North American Division

Members and Student Members are assigned to the Division in which they live. They may, if they wish, elect to belong to another Division.

Members and Student Members may attend the General Meetings of their own, or any other Division if they are visiting that area at the time.

Members may vote in only one Division, provided their subscriptions to the Institute have been paid.

Students and Visitors may not vote at meetings.

The National Examination Authority

This is a separate body, elected by the Institute, to serve on the International Examinations Board of Embalmers. Members are elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Institute and act as a medium between the National Council and the International Examinations Board of Embalmers (the IEBE being entirely independent of the Institute and totally autonomous in its administration).

The National Education Committee

This is a sub-committee of the National Council and is responsible for the promotion and control of tuition of Students and Members and to develop the education and training of practising embalmers. The NEC consists of a Chairman, a Secretary, a member of the National Examinations Authority, a representative from the Tutor’s register, the Technical Editor (BIE Publications) and another member who is elected annually by National Council.

The Financing Of The Institute

Finance is raised by an Annual Subscription, set each year by the National Treasurer, with the approval of the Annual General Meeting.
The National Treasurer administers the finance of the Institute and reports to the National Council at each meeting.


The BIE Charitable Trust supports various educational activities concerning embalming such as annual awards for newly qualified members and the administration of the funds for the Company of Fellows American Exchange programme.

The Trust can also accept applications from BIE committees and individuals for funding projects and financial support. All funding must meet the Trust’s criteria and be granted at the absolute discretion of the Trustees.

The Council Of British Funeral Services

The C.B.F.S. is a forum for all parties connected with the wider sphere of funeral service. The Council usually meets twice a year to consider mutually relevant matters.

Those represented on the Council are:-
The British Institute of Embalmers
The National Association of Funeral Directors
National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF)
The Co-operative Funeral Service Managers Association
The British Institute of Funeral Directors
B.U. Limited
British Retail Florist Association
British Teleflower Service
Cremation Society of Great Britain
Funeral Furnishing Manufacturers Association
Proprietary Crematoria and Cemeteries Association
The Institute of Burial and Cremation Authorities
National Association of Memorial Masons
The joint Committee for The British Memorial Industry
Memorial Advisement Bureau
General Synod of the Church of England
The Churches Group on Funerals at Cemeteries and Crematoria.

Public Relations

The Public Relations Officer is appointed by the Annual General Meeting of the Institute. This post is linked by regulations with that of the National General Secretary.

The PRO’s work consists of responding to any media coverage of embalming or anything which concerns the Institute or embalmers in general.

Professional Standards Committee

Being a sub-committee of the National Council, the Professional Standards Committee are instructed to investigate, mediate and if found necessary recommend suitable penalties or measures in response to any complaint or allegation of unprofessional conduct made against a Fellow, Member, or Registered Student of the institute.

Complaints should be addressed to:

BIE Professional Standards Committee
21c Station Road
West Midlands
B93 0HL

Email: bieprofessionalstandards@gmail.com

Student Liaison Officer

The Student Liaison Office is appointed by National Council to act as an intermediary between students and the various officers of the Institute. The SLO will assist, and if required, represent the interests of the students in any action, matter or discussion brought before National Council or its sub-committees. The SLO will also provide mediation and arbitration in any disputes between students and their tutors.

The SLO may contact any registered students of the Institute at any time for the purposes of quality control or in connection with any investigation or enquiry that may arise from time to time. Students are encouraged to make contact with the Student Liaison Officer at some point during their course and should always do so in case of any difficulty.


The official publication organ of the Institute is 'The Embalmer' magazine, which is produced quarterly and is circulated to all Members, Students and retired Members.

The Editor of BIE Publications is elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Institute and is responsible for organising all the material and the advertisements that appear within any document or generally distributed publication from the Institute. The Editor will work in conjunction with the Technical Editor to ensure the quality and accuracy of any technical papers produced.


The International Office of the Institute is situated in Knowle, Solihull and is run by the Administration Secretary.

The address of the Registered International Administration Office of the Institute is :-

Anubis House,
21c Station Road,
West Midlands
B93 0HL

Telephone: 01564 778 991
email: info@bioe.co.uk


For administrative purposes, the Institute is divided into 12 geographical divisions. Each division has its own administrative committee, who arrange local meetings and act as an intermediary between the general membership and the National Council and it’s various sub-committees.

Divisional Officers are as follows:

First Vice Chairman
Divisional Secretary
Second Vice Chairman
Divisional Treasurer
Immediate Past Chairman
Divisional P R Officer

Divisional Administrative Committee:
This committee will consist of not more than 10 full members and not less than 4,
including the Divisional Officers. Divisional Officers are elected annually at the divisional annual general meeting. Nominees for election to divisional office should have been a full member of the Institute for not less than one year.

Divisional Education Committee:
This committee will be a sub-committee of the Divisional Administrative Committee and will arrange an ongoing educational programme for the benefit of the general membership of the division. It is recommended that a divisional education committee should consist of the following officers:

Divisional Chairman & Secretary
Educational Convenor (if possible an accredited tutor)
and up to 3 other members

National Council Representative:
In order that the interests of the members of the division are properly represented at National Council, a divisional representative is appointed. Election to this post is usually held annually at the Divisional Annual General Meeting. The appointment of the Divisional National Council Representative is approved at the Institute’s Annual General Meeting each Year

National Education Committee Representative:
Again, to ensure that the National Committees are truly representative of the general membership, a divisional representative is also appointed annually to the National Education Committee. The Divisional National Education Representative is invited to one meeting of the National Education Committee each year, this meeting usually coincides with the Institute’s Annual General Meeting.

Deputy Divisional Representatives are also appointed to the above offices to ensure correct representation at all times.

Others who may attend Divisional Business Meetings are:
Fellows, Full Members, Retired Members, Registered Students and Honorary Members.

Procedure To Progress To Full Membership

1. Find a tutor that meets your requirements and contact them.

2. Register with an Accredited Tutor.

3. Study the FOUNDATION UNIT. Take and PASS the Assessment.

4. Register with the Board of Examiners as a Candidate and
with the Institute as a Student Member

5. Registration Fees to be sent to International Office with the
Application Form received on passing the Foundation Unit Assessment

6. Fee for End of Module tests to be sent to the Board of Examiners

7. National Education Committee and Divisional Secretary informed of the New Student


9. Pass all modular tests

10. Complete all Coursework and Projects

11. Pass Theoretical Examination

12. Pass Practical Examination



Code Of Ethics

The Code of Ethics is recited by all Members at a Divisional Meeting when there are new Members receiving their Membership Certificates.

You must attend your Divisional meeting in order to receive your Certificate. It will not be sent or posted to you.

It would be very nice if you are able to recite the Code of Ethics from memory at the meeting. Copies will be available but it is important that you KNOW and UNDERSTAND what you are saying.

When you recite this Code of Ethics you are making a promise, to yourself and to the other Members of the Institute, which you should make every effort to keep to the best of your ability.

So many people seem to say the words and then make no effort at all to keep some of the promises that they have made.

There are FIVE POINTS to the Code, which are self-explanatory if you take the trouble to look at them closely.

1. I believe that the practice of Embalming is in the interest of Public Health and promise to promote embalming to the best of my ability.

2. I will treat with respect each dead human body.

3. I pledge a complete confidential relationship to those I am called upon to serve.

4. I will endeavour to promote scientific research in the problems affecting Embalming.

5. I undertake to abide by the regulations of the B.I.E. and to support, to the best of my ability, any meeting or gathering arranged by them.

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