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Litigation Update on Access to NBE

Contact:  Dalene Paull
Executive Director, The International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards, Inc.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 14, 2014

Litigation Update on Access to NBE

(Fayetteville, Arkansas)  In October 2013, the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards (Conference) initiated litigation against the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, Inc. (AAMI) alleging copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation related to the intellectual property interests of certain Conference examinations; specifically, the National Board Exam both Arts and Sciences sections.

In November 2013, based upon the evidence uncovered to date, the Conference temporarily suspended AAMI students’ and graduates’ access to the National Board Exam to protect the integrity of the examination program, the licensure process, and the public served.  Since that time, the Conference has been working diligently to reconstitute its examination program for the benefit of the member licensing boards and public.  After much effort by the Conference staff and a host of dedicated participants, the Conference announces July 1, 2014 as the projected date upon which AAMI candidates will once again be allowed to take the National Board Exam.  Monthly updates will be posted on the Conference website to keep relevant stakeholders informed.  Based upon unforeseen circumstances, this target date may be subject to slight modification and these monthly updates will address any such issues.

Please visit the Conference website periodically for these monthly updates and for further details, including when the registration process for AAMI candidates will begin.  Questions regarding this litigation should be directed to the Executive Director of The Conference.