The ABFSE serves as the national academic accreditation agency for college and university programs in Funeral Service and Mortuary Science Education. Although its
roots go back to the 1940s, the ABFSE became an autonomous agency in 1962. The accrediting function of ABFSE is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher
Education Accreditation (CHEA). CHEA describes "Accreditation" as a process of external quality review used by higher education to scrutinize colleges, universities and educational
programs for quality assurance and quality improvement. In the United States, accreditation is carried out by private, non-profit organizations designed for this specific purpose.
Institutions and educational programs seek accredited status as a means of demonstrating their academic quality to students and the public and to be eligible for federal funds.
The American Board of Funeral Service Education is organized for educational purposes in the interests of the public and of the funeral service profession. Its purpose
is to cooperate with all groups and agencies having an interest in advancement of the principles and standards of funeral service education and to ensure funeral service/mortuary science
education is of high quality and meets the needs of society.
The American Board of Funeral Service Education shall accredit the institutions or programs of funeral service education in accordance with regulations and procedures as
set forth in its Manual of Criteria and Procedures for Accreditation and Policy [Manual]. Such accreditation is recognized by the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), the National
Funeral Directors and Morticians Association (NFDMA) and the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA), the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining
Boards (ICFSEB), most state licensing agencies, and the accredited institutions.
The membership of ABFSE today is made up of professional organizations and the funeral service education programs and colleges. The membership includes the following:
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ABFSE Executive Committee
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American Board of Funeral
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