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Professional Licensing and Certification Unit - Texas Medical Board (TMB) Transition

Update from Texas Medical Board on transfer of programs

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING SENATE BILL 202

Below is important information about Senate Bill 202, which was recently enacted by the 84th Texas Legislature and which is effective on September 1, 2015. The provisions of the bill have significant impact on several licensing programs within the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Professional Licensing and Certification Unit.

  • The bill transfers the following licensing programs to the Texas Medical Board (TMB): respiratory care practitioners, medical radiologic technologists, medical physicists, and perfusionists. A transition plan is being finalized between the two agencies to include a date for transition as soon as practicable on or after September 1, 2015.  Key dates, which may be subject to change, are:
    • September 1, 2015 – TMB accepts new complaints on all new license/certification types. For more information on filing a complaint, visit: http://www.tmb.state.tx.us/page/complaints
    • October 7, 2015 – TMB will begin accepting all applications for new licenses/certifications. 
    • In the fall, TMB will be issuing formal notifications to all existing licensees and certificate holders with additional information on renewals. Current active licensees and certificate holders do not need to do anything at this time regarding these changes. Please continue to renew following your normal schedule.
    • December 20, 2015 – Last day that licensees will be able to renew using the DSHS renewal systems.
    • January 4, 2016 – The TMB is tentatively scheduled to begin processing the registration/renewal of existing licenses/permits. Due to this transition, if a current license or permit expires in December, January or February, the license/permit holder will be given until February 28, 2016 to complete their registration (including fingerprint results) with the TMB before the license/permit becomes delinquent. It is important to note that as required by SB 202, the fingerprint background check will be required to be completed prior to registration. Information on the fingerprinting process can be found on each occupations page under the Renewals section of the TMB website.
  • The bill also abolishes the Texas Board of Licensure for Professional Medical Physicists and the Texas State Perfusionist Advisory Committee as of August 31, 2015. 
  • The bill creates the Texas Board of Medical Radiologic Technology, the Medical Physicist Licensure Advisory Committee, the Perfusionist Licensure Advisory Committee, and the Texas Board of Respiratory Care as soon as practicable on or after September 1, 2015.  Texas Medical Board expects to begin accepting applications for advisory committees on September 1, 2015.  Applications for board appointments will go through the Governor’s Appointment Office.  For more information visit: http://gov.texas.gov/appointments.
  • The bill provides that rules that are in effect on the date of transfer will continue in effect until amended by TMB.
To read, download, or print SB 202, please visit http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/ and enter SB 202 in the search field. To learn more about the Texas Medical Board, please visit www.tmb.state.tx.us.
DSHS will continue to provide updates regarding this transition as additional information becomes available. DSHS is committed to assuring that the daily work in support of all programs continues. Please know that DSHS will work closely with TMB to ensure a successful transition and to minimize the impact to license holders, stakeholders, and the public.
Last updated December 15, 2015