IMPORTANT AGENCY UPDATES DUE TO COVID-19:
- In accordance with the CDC and the Executive Orders from Governor, Greg Abbott, our agency has chosen to close due to Covid-19. In order to keep our staff and their families safe, our staff will be telecommuting until further notice. We ask that you contact staff via email with any questions or issues that you may have. If this is not an option for you and you wish to leave a voicemail, please note that there will be a delay in returning voicemails. You can find all of our staffs contact information by clicking Here
- In light of the continued risk of exposure to the coronavirus, and for the safety of our staff , TFSC will continue working predominantly remotely. Our office hours will be 8am - 4pm. We highly recommend you to email staff with any questions or concerns (link above). If you call the office and are unable to speak with staff, please make sure you leave a voicemail with your name, phone number and a brief message with your question/concern.
- The "in-person" Continuing Education requirement has been waived until further notice. You will still be required to obtain all 16 hours of CE.
- Funeral Home Operations
Throughout this health crisis, each government agency has collaborated with the various professional experts trying to interpret the different guidelines and recommendations in order to clarify those guidelines for their constituents. As a state agency, there is no possible method of addressing every scenario or situation that funeral directors, across this great state, may encounter. As the governor has indicated funeral services, interment services and memorial services are viewed as church or worship services within his published minimum health standards located in his Re-opening Texas Report. We cannot mandate the exact number of guests who can attend a funeral service at every licensed facility. Therefore, each funeral home MUST evaluate their own unique surroundings and guest participation to determine how many people are appropriate in the funeral home establishment for a viewing/visitation and for a funeral service. It is also up to each funeral home to determine the appropriate duration of viewing/visitation/calling hours, seating arrangements in the chapel/church, and use of facial coverings for the attending guests. The Texas Funeral Service Commission will fully support each funeral director as they decide how many people can safely participate in any type of funeral service activity.
TFSC RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FUNERAL PRACTITIONERS DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK
TFSC PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO ADMINISTRATIVE RULES
DSHS FETAL DEATH REPORTING TRAINING
Starting on August 1, 2019, Fetal Deaths will be able to be reported using the Electronic system, TxEVER. Previously, this was a manual/paper process. DSHS will be offering training on fetal death training reporting in July via webinars and conference calls. Look to the TxEVER page for more information.
NEWS FROM THE TFSC
The TFSC has developed an email notification system to notify licensees and stakeholders of important and time-sensitive information. If you would like to be added to the distribution list please click here.
The Commission's Invocation Policy authorizes a licensee in good standing to deliver the Invocation at Commission meetings.
REACHING TFSC STAFF
Starting September 7, 2021 all staff will be returning to the office. Due to the limited staff in the office please utilize the email system to communicate with the specific person you are trying to reach as they will be checking emails daily. You can find all email information to all staff on our Staff Contacts page.
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. Please leave a voice message for the specific person you are trying to reach and that viocemail will be converted to an email for your person. 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 help-desk. 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 for the online renewal system. Contact Angie Pena at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The TFSC meets quarterly. 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):
- October 27, 2021
- January 18, 2022
- April 19, 2022
- July 19, 2022
If you are intested in reviewing the minutes from previous Commission meetings, please contact the Executive Director.
TFSC FEE SCHEDULE (effective August 31, 2019)
ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY AND SANCTION SCHEDULE