The BIE has released guidance for embalmers on handling the deceased.
The most recent guidance from the Government (Health Protection England) confirms that the risk of transmission of COVID-19 is lower after death. The BIE have seen no science-based evidence to confirm this. There is much confusion within the funeral and embalming profession about whether embalming should be carried out or not. This confusion has mainly been caused as a result of local guidance being received by the funeral profession. As an Institute with members throughout the UK, Eire and Overseas, the BIE urge all professional embalmers to keep themselves up to date with the current guidance of their own Country and Government.