TFSC News & Things to Know

TEMPORARY OPERATION APPLICATION

If your establishment was damaged beyond operation by Hurricane Harvey, another natural disaster, or fire you can apply for authorization to operate at a temporary location. Title 22, Tex. Admin. Code, 203.12 authorizes the Commission to grant temporary operation authorization to a funeral establishment, commercial embalming facility, or crematory to operate at a temporary location if the licensed location is damaged by fire, flood or other natural disaster. The rule requires the temporary facility to meet all the requirements for establishments under Tex. Occ. Code Chapter 651 and rules of the Commission. Once the application is submitted Commission staff will work with the entity to determine how the temporary location will meet those requirements.

 

ADOPTION OF AMENDMENTS TO TITLE 22 TEX. ADMIN CODE 203.44 - PROCEDURES AND CRITERIA FOR INSPECTIONS OF LICENSED ESTABLISHMENTS

Amendments to Title 22 Tex. Admin. Code 203.44 were finally adopted by the Commission at its September 12, 2017 meeting. The amendments were filed with the Secretary of State on September 15, 2017 and  became final on October 5, 2017. See the original proposal which was adopted without changes at 22 Tex. Admin. Code. Chp 203.44 proposal - filed with Texas Registrar

 

ENACTED LEGISLATION THAT IMPACTS TFSC AND/OR INDUSTRY

The Executive Director has generated a list of bills that were enacted during the 85th Regular Session of the Legislature. These bills directly or indirectly impact the agency's operations or the industry. The bill list is provived as an FYI and should not be considered a complete list. Licensees and other stakeholders should review the 1,200+ bills enacted to determine impact on them or their business.

 

MORTUARY LAW EXAM

Each individual who takes the online Mortuary Law Exam must accept the Legal Attestation under penalties of law and Commission action. If evidence is presented of cheating, Commission action could include the loss of a license or the refusal to issue a license.

 

REACHING TFSC STAFF

When a person calls the main line he/she will hear a recorded message which states "You have reached TFSC, please wait while I transfer your call." At that point the call is transferred to licensing staff. The agency has two people responsible for answering the phone. If those two people are on the phone or away from their desks, the call then transfers to the agency voice mail.

If you are having a problem reaching staff or not having your phone calls returned, please email the Executive Director for assistance.

The TFSC does not staff the online renewal center and online helpdesk. The HPC help-desk states it can take multiple days to respond to a help ticket, especially near the end of the month. The help-desk only responds to emailed help requests. TFSC licensing staff is able to help with resetting passwords or emails for the online renewal system. Contact Nikki Smith at nikki@tfsc.texas.gov for assistance.

A person can also send an email to any of TFSC staff. All direct lines and email addresses are on the Staff Contacts page.

 

OPEN MEETINGS

The TFSC meets quarterly - usually on the second Tuesday of every third month (March, June, September, December). Meetings are held in Austin, Texas, at the Hobby Building. Once posted, TFSC meeting agendas may be found by clicking on the following website: Texas Secretary of State Open Meetings. Type in Texas Funeral Service Commission in the “Agency Name” field and hit “Find.”

Upcoming meetings are scheduled as follows (subject to change):

  • December 12, 2017
  • March 20, 2018
  • June 19, 2018
  • September 11, 2018
  • December 11, 2018

 

MEETING AGENDAS

 September 12, 2017 Meeting Agenda

 June 20, 2017 Meeting Agenda

 

TFSC FEE SCHEDULE

 Current Fee Schedule

 

ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY AND SANCTION SCHEDULE

 Administrative Penalty and Sanction Schedule

 

TFSC NEWSLETTER

 FY18 1st Quarter Newsletter (October 2017)

 FY17 4th Quarter Newsletter (June 2017)

 

JOB OPENINGS

The TFSC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA Employer and Smoke Free Agency. The TFSC's employment positions are covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). TFSC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

The TFSC is currently seeking to hire for the following positions:

State Job Application