TFSC Governing Laws

The TFSC is the state agency authorized by state law to regulate the death care industry in the state of Texas. The authorizing statute for the TFSC is Texas Occupations Code, Subtitle L, Chapter 651, Cemetery and Crematory Services, Funeral Directing, and Embalming.

Mortuary Law - Texas Occupations Code Chapter 651

The TFSC is authorized by the Act to establish rules to implement and enforce the Act. Rules are enacted by the TFSC through a series of open meetings and publication in the Texas Register. The Rules of the TFSC are found in the following chapters of the Texas Administrative Code:

TAC Chapter 201 - Licensing & Enforcement - Practice & Procedure

TAC Chapter 203 - Licensing & Enforcement - Subchapter A - Licensing

TAC Chapter 203 - Licensing & Enforcement - Subchapter B - Duties of a Funeral Establishment/Licensee

TAC Chapter 203 - Licensing & Enforcement - Subchapter C - Enforcement

TAC Chapter 205 - Cemeteries & Crematories

TAC Chapter 206 - Guaranteed Student Loans

TAC Chapter 207 - Alternative Dispute Resolution

TAC Chapter 209 - Ethical Standards for Persons Licensed by the Commission

 

Additional agency authority and funeral industry responsibility can be found in various chapters of the Texas Health & Safety Code:

Death Records - Texas Health & Safety Code Chapter 193

Determination of Death/Autopsy Reports - Texas Health & Safety Code Chapter 671

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - Texas Health & Safety Code Chapter 673

Anatomical Board of the State of Texas - Texas Health & Safety Code Chapter 691

Texas Anatomical Gift Act - Texas Health & Safety Code Chapter 692

Removal of Body Parts, Body Tissue & Corneal Tissue - Texas Health & Safety Code Chapter 693

Burial - Texas Health & Safety Code Chapter 694

In-Casket Identification - Texas Health & Safety Code Chapter 695

General Provisions Relating to Cemeteries- Texas Health & Safety Code Chapter 711

Perpetual Care Cemeteries - Texas Health & Safety Code Chapter 712

Local Regulation of Cemeteries - Texas Health & Safety Code Chapter 713

Miscellaneous Provisions Relating to Cemeteries - Texas Health & Safety Code Chapter 714

Certain Historic Cemeteries - Texas Health & Safety Code Chapter 715

Crematories - Texas Health & Safety Code Chapter 716

The Texas Department of State Health Services has adopted the following rule related to death certificates:

TAC Chapter 181- Miscellaneous Provisions relating to Vital Statistics

 

The Commission's Law Book can be purchased for $15.00 by completing a Publication Order Form. This book includes all relevant statutes and rules relating to the mortuary industry.