Important Notice for Bedding
Manufacturers and Retailers
Effective September 1, 2015, all manufacturers,
wholesalers, distributors, importers, processors, renovators, and germicidal
treatment operators of “bedding” as
defined in Health and Safety Code (HSC) Chapter 345, will no longer be required
to hold a license with the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and will
no longer be regulated by DSHS under the statutory provisions of Chapter 345. These recent changes were the result of
amendments enacted by Senate Bill (SB) 202, passed during the 84th
Texas Legislature, Regular Session, and signed into law by the Governor.
Bedding licenses issued by DSHS will no longer be valid or
renewed on or after August 31, 2015. Licenses
due to expire will automatically be extended to a new expiration date of August
31, 2015. On and after July 1, 2015,
DSHS will not issue new licenses or renew expiring licenses for these
programs. If you have any licensing questions,
please contact the Bedding Program for assistance via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DSHS will also no longer have authority to promulgate
rules for bedding operations under HSC Chapter 345, effective September 1,
2015. DSHS intends to begin the process
of formally repealing the existing Bedding Rules (25 Texas Administrative Code,
Section 205, subchapter A) in the fall of 2015.
Regardless of the future repeal of the rules and statute by DSHS, you will
be responsible for complying with all federal and state laws that remain applicable
to your business.
DSHS continues to work to implement SB 202 and we anticipate
further updates to this website as new information becomes available. If you have questions regarding this notice
or if you require general program assistance, please contact us at: email@example.com.
If you have not subscribed to receive e-mail updates, we encourage you
to do so by clicking on the link provided at the bottom left of this page. This feature will serve as our primary tool for
maintaining communication between DSHS and Bedding operations as we proceed
through the SB 202 implementation process.