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The Texas Department of State Health Services, Radiation Control Program, has the important mission to protect and promote the physical and environmental health of the people of Texas. We strive to prevent unnecessary radiation exposure to the public through effective licensing, registration, inspection, enforcement, and emergency response.

In accordance with Senate Bill 202 (84th Regular Session, 2015), regulatory authority over the State’s Laser Hair Removal Program has been transferred to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). All inquiries in regard to this occupation should be directed to TDLR.

Please click the link below to access the Laser Hair Removal section of the TDLR website for details:

TDLR Laser Hair Removal page

New Radioactive Material License Format 

As of January 2018, the Texas Department of State Health Services has revised the radioactive material license format and standard license conditions as explained in the following memo and medical use crosswalk.  The updated license formats only apply to licenses issued after January 1, 2018.  
New License Format
Crosswalk of Revised Medical Use, Radioactive Material Listing and Authorized Physician User Uses

To radioactive material licensees impacted by Hurricane Harvey: 

You should follow the recommendations of your local emergency response organization to protect yourself and others from harm.  If you discover that radioactive material in your possession has become lost, you should contact the Radiation Hot Line at 512 458-7460 to report the loss.  A team of radiation control staff is available to respond to your call.

As a reminder, lost and damaged radioactive isotopes requiring the physical protection specified in 289.252(ii) must be reported immediately by telephone after the loss, attempted actual theft or damage becomes known.  Other radioactive isotopes are reported according to the activity of the isotope.  Isotopes equal to or greater than 1000 times the value found in the table at 289.202(ggg)(3) of the Radioactive Material License Rules must be reported immediately by Telephone.  Isotopes equal to or greater than 10 times the value in 289.202(ggg)(3) must be reported in writing within 30 days if it is still missing.

If your facility is affected by the storm, and if you have determined that your radioactive material is secure and accounted for, please notify us after the storm passes your area by email ( ramnotice@dshs.texas.gov) or fax (512 834-6654). If you determine radioactive material is missing or damaged, or the security of your storage facility is compromised, notify us immediately by telephone using the numbers provided below during business hours, or after business hours, use our emergency assistance number 512-458-7460.

Lost or damaged records:

The Radiation Control Program is aware that some of you in areas affected by Harvey and flooding have lost or had damage to the records that you are required to maintain for compliance.  You may be able to replicate some of the lost or damaged records by requesting copies from your service providers, consultants, or from your undamaged electronic versions of the documents. Our inspectors are aware of the areas that have been affected by Harvey and will take this into consideration during future inspections.

We recommend you make a complete assessment as soon as possible of the documents that are permanently lost and unrecoverable, and maintain this assessment for future review by the agency. The assessment should include the category or type of document (ex.: leak test, storage area survey, instrument or dose calibrator calibration, public dose estimate, occupational dose record), the date or date range for the lost documents, and the reason for loss. Do not submit the assessment to the agency. We will review the assessment during our next site visit or inspection.  

To x-ray and mammography registrants impacted by Hurricane Harvey:

The Radiation Control Program is aware that some of you have lost or had damage to the records that you are required to maintain for compliance.  Our inspectors are aware of the areas that have been affected by Harvey and will take this into consideration during future inspections.

If you have questions or need assistance with x-ray inspection matters, please contact us at  RadiationXRayInspections@dshs.texas.gov  or at (512) 834-6770, ext. 2909.

If you have questions or need assistance with x-ray registration and/or mammography matters, please contact us at  XRAYregistration@dshs.texas.gov or at (737) 218-7110.

Additional mammography guidance is available from the FDA at the below link.

FDA Mammography Guidance

To assist you with re-building your records:

  • Make an assessment and document as soon as possible record(s) that were lost and were unable to be replaced due to damage caused by hurricane Harvey and/or floods. Do not submit the assessment to the agency. We will review the assessment during our next site visit or inspection.
  • Reach out to your service company, Licensed Medical Physicist and the provider of personnel monitoring for replacement records
  • The radiation program file room maintains copies of your current Certificate of Registration and previous correspondence.  We do not maintain all of the records registrants need for compliance. 

If your x-ray system needs repair, please ensure that  requirements of 25 TAC §289.227(h) and §289.232(i)(10) regarding repairs to certified x-ray systems are met. 

If your mammography facility has to replace a mammography equipment system, you must go through the normal certification and accreditation process for the new equipment.  If repair is needed, follow current mammography requirements for when repairs are made or major components are changed and you must have a physicist do a Mammography Equipment Evaluation (MEE).

Update on Hurricane Harvey Waivers for DSHS License Holders

On August 23, 2017, the Office of the Governor issued a disaster proclamation in response to Hurricane Harvey and temporarily suspended the statutes and rules pertaining to professional and business licenses or certification renewal applications. During the suspension, DSHS extended license expiration dates for professionals and businesses in the affected counties and waived the late fees for those who submitted renewal applications.

On December 17, 2018, the Office of the Governor terminated the suspension of the DSHS statutes and rules related to the Hurricane Harvey disaster.

Effective March 1, 2019, DSHS will no longer extend license expiration dates or waive late fees for any licensed professionals or businesses in the following counties: 

Angelina, Aransas, Atascosa, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Bexar, Brazoria, Brazos, Burleson, Caldwell, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Colorado, Comal, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kerr, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Leon, Liberty, Live Oak, Madison, Matagorda, Milam, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Trinity, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Washington, Wharton, Willacy, and Wilson.

What this Means for License Holders in these counties:

To avoid a late fee, you will need to submit your license or certification renewal application with the required fees along with any required supplemental documentation, in accordance with the applicable requirements for your license or certification type by February 28, 2019.  

Late fees will be assessed on applications postmarked on or after March 1, 2019. 

The current status of a license may also be verified  online.

Important Notice for Licensees Subject to Category 1 and Category 2 Quantities of Radioactive Material (formerly Increased Controls)

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Last updated January 15, 2019