How to be a member?

There are two types of membership - the Association member with full voting rights and the individual member without this right.

An application form for Individual Membership can be obtained from info@balsemen.com

The current annual subscription payable from the 1st January of each year is £35,- or € 40,- and additional amount of £10,- or €10,- registration fee is payable for the first year only. Full Membership inquiries should be directed to the secretary.

It was agreed that each association should be a Full Member with full voting rights; there was also a provision for individual embalmers (Individual Membership) who wished to support the new organisation but this was without voting rights. An Association was defined as having a minimum qualified membership of ten members; smaller organisations were to be admitted as Individual Members. Where there was more than one Full Member from an individual State or Country, special rules were formulated to ensure that all other States or Countries held equal voting powers.

Organisations seeking membership are required to submit a formal application that will be reviewed by the Full Members. If acceptable the applicant is invited to make a presentation on the work and educational standards of their organisation. New applicants are required to agree that their future members should pass the E&IEBMS examination, or an agreed equivalent, as the accepted educational standard for membership of their own organisation. In France, where there is a State qualification, it was agreed that this be considered an equivalent to the E&IEBMS qualification.

At each meeting, the EAE endeavours to provide an educational session on embalming practice for the benefit of non-members and members alike, and where possible will promote and assist in the promotion of this practice. Since its formation, there has been a significant growth in qualified operators in Germany. Progress has been made in some cantons of Switzerland where holders of the British Institute of Embalmers’ qualification are permitted to embalm, where previously only medical Doctors were allowed to carry out this work.

The EAE actively promotes the acceptance of embalming and where possible offers guidance regarding the training of embalmers for residents of countries where such facilities do not exist.

With increasing legislation by individual countries within the EU that affects the practice of embalming, there is a need for a representative body to protect the interests of all embalmers and to have a voice in any proposed legislation that may well be considered by the European parliament at a future date. To further this aim, during 2002 the EAE became Associate Members of the European Federation of Funeral Services, and are the recognised authority on embalming matters within that organisation.