Anatomical Board of the State of Texas

Agency History

Agency Became

Historical Notes

In 2023, during the 88th Legislative Session, the Anatomical Board of the State of Texas was abolished and transferred to the Texas Funeral Commission by Senate Bill 2040.

Previous Sunset reports on this agency

This agency is currently inactive. An agency can be labeled inactive if it has been abolished, had a title change, was merged into a different agency or split into different agencies. See Agency History on the right for further information.

Next Review Date: None

  • Last Review Cycle: 2022-2023 Review Cycle - 88th Legislative Session

Sunset Documents for 2022-2023 Review Cycle, 88th Legislative Session

Legislative Documents

Final Results of Last Sunset Review

Abolish and Transfer
  • Abolish the Anatomical Board of the State of Texas and transfer its functions to the Texas Funeral Service Commission (TFSC).
  • Establish a seven-member whole body donation advisory committee at TFSC, including two members from higher education institutions with willed body programs (WBPs), two members from non-transplant anatomical donation organizations (NADOs), two members from anatomical facilities, and one public member. 
  • Require WBPs and NADOs to register with TFSC. 
  • Require registrants to obtain informed donor consent and require tracking and recordkeeping from intake to final disposition.
  • Require NADOs to be accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks, establish a conditional approval process, and exempt NADOs from certain regulatory requirements, including initial inspections.
  • Authorize TFSC to enforce Chapter 691 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, to establish fees for facility inspections and registration, and to investigate facilities in response to a complaint.
  • Require TFSC to establish a process to periodically verify a registered NADO’s compliance with accreditation standards, which could include verification inspections or other administrative requirements, and authorize TFSC to charge fees to cover such activities.
  • Prohibit TFSC members and licensees from owning any ownership interest in a NADO.
Reporting Requirements
  • Require TFSC to provide the Legislature and Sunset Commission quarterly status reports on implementation of the bill for one year.
  • Require TFSC to submit a report by December 1, 2024, to the Sunset Advisory Commission and appropriate legislative oversight committees containing any legislative recommendations necessary to improve its administration of the new functions.
  • Instead of requiring TFSC’s presiding officer to alternate between public and nonpublic members and cover a three-year term, require the governor to appoint the presiding officer to serve at the governor’s pleasure.