In accordance with House Bill 3078 (85th Regular Session, 2017), on September 1, 2017 the licensing and regulation of the practice of Podiatry transferred from the Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

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Criminal Conviction Guidelines for Podiatry

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) adopted changes to TDLR’s Criminal Conviction Guidelines (guidelines) to include the Podiatry program.

The guidelines describe how TDLR determines whether a criminal conviction makes an applicant unsuitable for a license, or whether a conviction warrants revocation or suspension of a license previously granted. The guidelines present the general factors that are considered in all cases and the reasons why particular crimes are considered to relate to each type of license issued by TDLR.

TDLR presented the applicable guidelines to the Podiatric Medical Examiners Advisory Board at its meeting on July 23, 2018 and received the Board’s recommendation of approval. The Commission adopted the amendments to the guidelines at its meeting on September 25, 2018, pursuant to Texas Occupations Code §53.025(a).

TDLR adopts Administrative Rules

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted the repeal of existing rules regarding the Podiatric Medicine program (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 130, Subchapter A, §§130.1 - 130.13; Subchapter B, §§130.20 - 130.27; Subchapter C, §§130.30 - 130.46; Subchapter D §§130.50 - 130.68; Subchapter E, §§130.70 - 130.99; Subchapter F, §§130.100 - 130.106; Subchapter G, §§130.120 - 130.125; Subchapter H §§130.130 -130.134; Subchapter I, §§130.140 - 130.144; Subchapter J, §§130.150 -130.159; Subchapter K, §§130.160 -130.169, and Subchapter L, §§130.170 - 130.172; and new rules at Subchapter A, §130.1 and §130.2; Subchapter B, §§130.20 - 130.29; Subchapter C, §§130.30 - 130.33; Subchapter D, §§130.40 - 130.48; Subchapter E, §§130.50 - 130.57; Subchapter F, §130.60; Subchapter G, §§130.70 - 130.73).

The adoption justification may be viewed on TDLR’s web site and the updated rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date of November 1, 2018.

TDLR adopts Administrative Rules

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted amendments to existing rules regarding the General Provisions for Health-Related programs (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 100, §100.1; and adopted new §100.31 and §100.50).

The adoption justification may be viewed on TDLR’s web site and the updated rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date of November 1, 2018.

TDLR Health Monitor - August 2018 Edition

Articles in this August 2018 edition of The Health Monitor include an update on behavior analyst licensing; online supervision reporting for audiologists; TDLR’s Strategic Plan for 2019-2023; rule amendments for the mold program and orthotists and prosthetists program; criminal conviction guidelines for registered sanitarians and code enforcement officers; information for dietitians on telehealth practices; and outreach activities.

The TDLR Health Monitor is a quarterly newsletter that provides news and information about TDLR’s medical and health-related programs. Archives of past editions of the TDLR Health Monitor can be viewed here.

Call for Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to Participate in the Development of the Texas Podiatric Physician Jurisprudence Examination

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) is looking for SMEs to serve on the Podiatry Examination Review Committee (ERC).

The ERC creates, updates, evaluates, and references exam content.

Participation of knowledgeable SMEs will ensure the validity of the Podiatric Physician Jurisprudence Exam.

To qualify, you must hold a valid Texas license as a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine.

Participants must be willing to sign a confidentiality document agreeing not to disclose examination content, materials, or discussions.

Please know, our first meeting is tentatively scheduled for the first week of November.

To apply for appointment to the Podiatry Examination Review Committee, please complete and submit the Application for the Texas Podiatry Exam Review Committee (Word) to TDLR. The deadline to submit an application is September 14, 2018.

Subject Matter Experts Needed for Examination Review Committee

The Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR) and their third-party testing vendor PSI seek your help to serve as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) for the Examination Review Committee. SMEs are responsible for the review and evaluation of all Podiatric Physician Jurispurdence examination content, questions and examination reference lists.

If you are interested in applying you should have a broad-based knowledge of the technical aspects of the profession and a familiarity with current techniques, standards and materials. If you would like to be considered as a SME, please complete the Application for the Texas Exam Development Committee (MS Word).

Successful applicants must be willing to sign a confidentiality agreement regarding exam content. The positions of Subject Matter Experts are voluntary and all applications are reviewed by the Education and Examination Division. These are not paid positions. All applications must be received by February 23, 2018. TDLR and the citizens of the State of Texas would like to thank you for considering this opportunity for service.

Important information for healthcare facilities seeking to use out-of-state healthcare providers to assist with Hurricane Harvey disaster response:

On September 3, in accordance with Sections 418.016 and 418.171 of the Texas Government Code, Governor Greg Abbott temporarily suspended all necessary statutes and rules to allow a healthcare professional licensed and in good standing in another state to practice in various facilities in Texas to assist with disaster response operations for Hurricane Harvey.

The suspension allows a healthcare provider who holds a license, certificate, or other permit issued by another state jurisdiction satisfying qualifications for professional, mechanical, or other skills to render aid in this state to meet an emergency or disaster.

This suspension is in effect until terminated by the Office of the Governor or until the Hurricane Harvey disaster declaration is lifted or expires.

For the healthcare provider types listed below, a healthcare facility must submit to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) by email each out-of-state provider’s name, license type, state of licensure, and license identification number to: Harvey@tdlr.texas.gov

TDLR licenses the following healthcare providers:

  • Athletic Trainers
  • Dietitians
  • Dyslexia Therapists and Practitioners
  • Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers
  • Midwives
  • Orthotists and Prosthetists
  • Podiatrists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

If you have questions or need assistance, please call (800) 803-9202 between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. CDT or email Harvey@tdlr.texas.gov.

Advisory Board Meetings

Past Meeting - July 23, 2018

The Podiatric Medical Examiners Advisory Board met July 23, 2018 in Austin. The agenda and staff reports (PDF) are available online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When did the transfer of podiatry to TDLR take place?

All duties and responsibilities for the regulation of podiatry - including licenses and renewals, customer service, and enforcement - transferred to TDLR effective September 1, 2017.

2. Do I need to get a new license issued by TDLR?
No. The license you have now--issued by the Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners --remains valid until its expiration date. When you renew on or after September 1, 2017, you will receive a TDLR-issued license.

3. Will I have to renew on a different schedule?

No. You will renew on the same schedule.

4. Have the rules changed?

No. The existing podiatry rules automatically transferred to TDLR on September 1, 2017.

5. Are people at TDLR available to talk to me?

Yes. You will get a “live” person when you call TDLR. Our Customer Service division employs over 45 people who are waiting to help you. TDLR answers nearly 500,000 calls and emails per year. Customer service representatives are trained on the details of the Podiatry program. TDLR also has the resources and expertise of more than 40 licensing specialists and seven medical and health program experts.

6. How do I file a complaint against a podiatrist?

Please submit the Podiatry Complaint Form by mail or fax.

7. How do I stay informed about changes impacting me?

You have several options to stay connected:

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  • Meetings: Meeting information is posted on the TDLR Meetings page. All Advisory Board and Commission meetings are available to watch online live or later at your convenience at the TDLR YouTube page.
  • Social Media: TDLR has a Facebook page and a Twitter account dedicated to TDLR Health Professions.

8. Why was the regulation of podiatry transferred to TDLR?

House Bill 3078, 85th Regular Session, adopted the recommendations of the Sunset Advisory Commission that podiatry regulation be moved to TDLR “to provide institutional stability and administrative savings, improve licensing and enforcement outcomes, and better protect the people of Texas.” House Bill 3078 was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott on May 29, 2017.

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