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Next Review Date: None
Last Review Cycle: 2022-2023 Review Cycle - 88th Legislative Session
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.
- 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.