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Registered sanitarians are public health professionals qualified by specific education, specialized training, and field experience to protect the health, safety and general welfare of the public from adverse environmental determinants.
To use the title "sanitarian" in Texas, an individual most hold a current registration.
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News and Updates
TDLR Health Monitor - Q1, 2018
February 21, 2018
TDLR publishes the TDLR Health Monitor, a quarterly newsletter with news and information about the health and medical-related programs under the TDLR umbrella. This issue was published on February 16, 2018 and you can read it online.
TDLR Proposes Repeal of Duplicate Sanitarians Administrative Rules
February 2, 2018
The Texas Legislature enacted Senate Bill 202 (S.B. 202), 84th Legislature, Regular Session (2015), which transferred regulation of the Sanitarians program from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department). To complete the implementation of S.B. 202, the Department transferred the previous Sanitarians program rules from Title 25, Chapter 140, Subchapter C to Title 16, Chapter 145. The Department is now proposing the repeal of the transferred rules located at Chapter 145, §§145.1 - 145.21. The rules proposed for repeal are obsolete.
On August 18, 2017, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) adopted its own set of rules for the Sanitarians program located at 16 TAC, Chapter 119. The Commission’s rules were effective November 1, 2017, (42 TexReg 4643).
This proposed repeal does NOT affect the current Sanitarians program rules which were adopted by the Commission on August 18, 2017, located at Title 16, Chapter 119.
The proposed repeal of the transferred rules is published in the February 2, 2018, issue of the Texas Register (43 TexReg 508). The Department will accept comments on the proposal March 5, 2018.
Subject Matter Experts Needed for Examination Review Committee
January 18, 2018
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 Sanitarian 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.
TDLR Health Monitor - Q4, 2017
November 2, 2017
TDLR publishes the TDLR Health Monitor, a quarterly newsletter with news and information about the health and medical-related programs under the TDLR umbrella. The first issue was published on November 2, 2017 and you can read it online.
Vacancies on the Registered Sanitarian Advisory Committee
October 27, 2017
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) announces three vacancies on the Registered Sanitarian Advisory Committee (Committee) established by 16 Texas Administrative Code §119.10. The purpose of the Committee is to provide advice and recommendations to the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) and TDLR on technical matters relevant to the administration of the Act and this chapter. This announcement is for the positions listed below:
(1) one professional engineer, or one on-site sewage facility (OSSF) professional who is not and has never been registered as a sanitarian in Texas; and
(2) two consumers, one of which must be a member of an industry or occupation which is regulated either by a city or county environmental health unit or department or equivalent, or by the Department of State Health Services.
The Committee is composed of the following nine members appointed by the presiding officer of the Commission, with the approval of the Commission. The composition of the committee shall include:
(1) five registered sanitarians;
(2) one professional engineer, or one on-site sewage facility (OSSF) professional who is not and has never been registered as a sanitarian in Texas;
(3) two consumers, one of which must be a member of an industry or occupation which is regulated either by a city or county environmental health unit or department or equivalent, or by the Department of State Health Services; and
(4) one person involved in education in the field of public, consumer, or environmental health sciences.
Members of the Committee shall serve staggered six-year terms so that the terms of three members will expire on February 1 of each odd-numbered year.
Serving on the Committee is not a paid position and there is no compensation for serving on the Committee.
Justification for Adoption of Administrative Rules
September 11, 2017
The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted new rules regarding the Sanitarians program (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 119, §§119.1 - 119.3, 119.10 - 119.15, 119.20, 119.21, 119.23, 119.24, 119.26, 119.27, 119.70, 119.80, 119.90 and 119.95). The adoption justification is available on TDLR’s web site and the adopted rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date.
Also see the Cross Reference Table: TDLR and DSHS Sanitarian Program Rules (PDF). This table is a reference between the new TDLR sanitarian registration program rules, as compared to to the previous rules administered by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Advisory Committee Meetings
May 8, 2018 Meeting
The Registered Sanitarian Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in the 1st Floor Public Meeting Room of TDLR's North Campus, located at 1106 Clayton Lane, Suite 125E, in Austin. When the agenda and staff reports are available, they will be posted online. The meeting will be broadcast on TDLR's YouTube channel.
Previous Meeting - December 5, 2017
The Registered Sanitarian Advisory Committee met December 5, 2017 in Austin. The agenda and staff reports (PDF) are available online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.
Health Professions Transition FAQs
1. When did the transfer happen?
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) assumed all activities relating to the Sanitarians program including licenses and renewals, customer service and enforcement on November 1, 2017.
2. Now that the transfer is complete, will I need to get a new license issued by TDLR?
No. The license you have now, issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), remains valid until its expiration date. When you renew, you will receive a TDLR license.
3. Have the rules changed?
Yes, TDLR adopted rules for all of the transferred programs. Most of the newly adopted rules are very similar, but some changes have been made. The TDLR health profession rules became effective on November 1, 2017.
4. What is going to happen with open complaints and cases?
If you filed a complaint with DSHS or had a complaint filed against your license and it was not resolved by the transfer date, TDLR assumed responsibility for the case. You should have already received notification by mail that your complaint was transferred to TDLR.
5. How do I stay informed about changes impacting me?
You have several options to stay connected:
- Email updates - Sign up for email updates to receive notices about rules, the law, fees, examination requirements, meetings and more. Email updates are the best way for you to stay informed.
- Meetings - TDLR’s advisory board and Commission meetings are available to watch online live or later at your convenience.
- Facebook and Twitter - TDLR has a Facebook page and Twitter account dedicated to TDLR Health Professions.
6. Why was my license expiration date extended? Will I have the same expiration date in the future?
To ease the transition, DSHS extended the expiration date by two months for licenses previously set to expire in September, and October, and November 2017. For example, if your original expiration date was September 30, your new expiration date is November 30. If your license was extended, you will continue to renew your license in the new expiration month in the future. Licenses in counties affected by Hurricane Harvey were also extended by DSHS.
7. Will I have to renew on a different schedule?
You will renew on the same schedule unless your license expired in August, September or October 2016. Licenses expiring in those months were extended for two months to ease the transition from DSHS to TDLR. In addition, licenses in counties affected by Hurricane Harvey were also extended by DSHS. If your license was extended, you will now renew in your new expiration month for future renewals. Your license expiration date will not return to your original expiration month.
8. Why were licensing programs transferred from DSHS to TDLR?
The transfer is the result of a change to Texas law. In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 202, which authorized the transfer of thirteen licensing programs from the DSHS to TDLR. Phase one of this transfer was completed on October 3, 2016 when seven Health-Related Profession programs went live at TDLR.