A quality assurance scheme run by the UK’s principal trade association representing the coffin manufacturing sector is on course to hit a product testing milestone in 2021.
The Funeral Furnishing Manufacturers’ Association (FFMA)’s Coffin and Casket Protocol is expected to achieve 180 coffins assessed for strength and quality in the coming months.
FFMA Chief Executive Alun Tucker said the Protocol had become the universal kitemark for quality in coffins.
“We’re incredibly pleased with how the scheme has embedded itself within the sector as the standard for quality assurance in just a few short years. And with 170 products tested so far, we can be confident that the majority of coffin and casket ranges presented for funerals in the UK are of exceptionally good build quality.
“This is essential to families, who need to know that the products supplied for a loved one’s final journey will perform as intended. It’s also a vital health and safety issue for funeral directors and employees at crematoria, cemeteries and burial grounds. The last thing anyone wants is a coffin or casket igniting too soon during charging at a crematorium, or the base collapsing whilst lowering into a grave.
“With the FFMA’s Protocol, everyone involved in the funeral can be assured that an accredited coffin is a safe and dignified coffin,” Mr Tucker said.
Facultatieve Technologies (FT) with 145 years of experience in cremation is the international market leader in the design, construction and maintenance of cremation and filtration equipment.