Orthotists and Prosthetists

The Orthotists and Prosthetists program regulates orthotists and prosthetists, orthotic and prosthetic assistants, students, and technicians, and orthotic and prosthetic facilities. A license is required to provide orthotic and prosthetic services in Texas, unless an individual or facility is exempted by law.

Orthotic and Prosthetic services comprise the science and practice of measuring, designing, fabricating, assembling, fitting, adjusting, or servicing an orthosis or prosthesis for the correction or alleviation of a neuromuscular or musculoskeletal dysfunction, disease, injury, or deformity.


Sign Up for Email Updates

Stay up-to-date on recent developments with email notifications. Get info on changes to laws and rules, important notices, upcoming meetings, and more.

Subscribe


News & Updates

TDLR Proposes Amendments to Administrative Rules

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation proposes amendments to the Orthotists and Prosthetists program rules (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 114, §§114.10, 114.20, 114.21, 114.23, 114.28, 114.50, 114.80, and 114.90). The proposed rules implement House Bill (HB) 2847, Article 11, 86th Legislature, Regular Session (2019), which repeals §§605.002(19), (20), (21), Definitions, and §605.259, technician registration, from the Occupations Code, eliminating the technician registration from the Orthotists and Prosthetists program. Other amendments are also proposed to update citations to be consistent with the statute, to remove unnecessary text, and to improve wording choice.

The proposed rules were published in the October 4, 2019, issue of the Texas Register (44 TexReg 5697). The Department will accept comments on the proposal until November 4, 2019.

The Department encourages anyone interested in the Orthotists and Prosthetists program to review the rule proposal. Comments may be submitted by email to erule.comments@tdlr.texas.gov

TDLR Health Monitor - September 2019 Edition

Articles in this September 2019 edition of The Health Monitor include updates on:

  • Dyslexia Awareness Month
  • Podiatry Rule Amendments Adopted
  • New Criminal Conviction Guidelines & Penalty Matrix
  • Deregulation of Orthotic and Prosthetic Technicians
  • Prescription Monitoring Program Requirements
  • Fingerprinting Requirements for Podiatrists
  • Midwives Educational Summit Recap
  • Orthotic and Prosthetic Professional Organizations Merge

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.

Important Information for Healthcare Facilities Seeking to Use Out-Of-State Healthcare Providers to Assist with Tropical Storm Imelda Disaster Response

On September 19, 2019 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 Tropical Storm Imelda disaster response operations.

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 Tropical Storm Imelda disaster declaration is lifted or expires.

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

TDLR licenses the following healthcare providers:

  • Athletic Trainers
  • Behavior Analysts
  • 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 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. or email recovery@tdlr.texas.gov.

Vacancies on Orthotists and Prosthetists Advisory Board

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation announces three vacancies on the Orthotists and Prosthetists Advisory Board established by Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 605. The purpose of the Orthotists and Prosthetists Advisory Board is to provide advice and recommendations to the Department on technical matters relevant to the administration of this chapter. This announcement is for:

  • one licensed orthotist who has practiced orthotics for the five years preceding the date of appointment,
  • one licensed prosthetist who has practiced prosthetics for the five years preceding the date of appointment, and
  • one member who is a representative of the public who uses an orthosis.

The Board consists of seven members appointed by the presiding officer of the commission, with the approval of the Commission. Members serve staggered six-year terms with the terms of two or three members expiring on February 1 of each odd-numbered year. The Advisory Board is composed of the following members:

  • two licensed orthotists who each have practiced orthotics for the five years preceding the date of appointment;
  • two licensed prosthetists who each have practiced prosthetics for the five years preceding the date of appointment;
  • one licensed prosthetist orthotist who has practiced orthotics and prosthetics for the five years preceding the date of appointment;
  • one member who is a representative of the public who uses an orthosis; and
  •  one member who is a representative of the public who uses a prosthesis.

Interested persons should submit an application on the Department website. Applicants can also request an application from the Department by telephone (800) 803-9202 or e-mail advisory.boards@tdlr.texas.gov.

These are not paid positions and there is no compensation or reimbursement for serving on the Board.

Orthotists and Prosthetists: One Year Update

In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 202, transferring the Orthotists & Prosthetists program from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR).

The program transfer took place in October 2016. As part of our mission to deliver improved services at a lower cost to Texans, TDLR reduced the following fees for the Orthotists & Prosthetists program:

Orthotists & Prosthetists DSHS Fee TDLR Fee $ Reduced % Reduced
Jurisprudence Exam $35 $34 $1 3%
Written License / Certification Verification Fee $25 $0 $25 100%
Changing the name of an accredited orthotics or prosthetics facility $400 $50 $350 88%
Changing the name of an accredited orthotics and prosthetics facility $500 $50 $450 90%
Changing the name of the on-site practitioner in charge of an accredited facility $100 $50 $50 50%
Changing the name of the safety manager of an accredited facility $100 $50 $50 50%
Criminal History Evaluation Letter $50 $25 $25 50%
Reinstatement Fee $100 $0 $100 100%

 

We’ve also reduced processing and administrative fees for each online transaction. Thanks to these reductions, Texas Orthotists & Prosthetists kept $3,857.00 in their pockets in their first year at TDLR. (October 2016 – September 2017)

In addition, TDLR reduced the word count in the Orthotists & Prosthetists program administrative rules to make them clear, concise, and easier to read--without impacting their effectiveness:

Orthotists & Prosthetists DSHS Rules TDLR Rules Word Difference % Reduced
Administrative Rules Word Count 24,948 12,611 12,337 49%

 

At TDLR, one of our core values is open and free communication. During this first year, the 3,913 Orthotists & Prosthetists program email subscribers were contacted 15 times (58,695 emails delivered) so that we could share information about meetings, rule changes, licensing, and more. And beginning in November 2015, all interested parties have been invited to six public meetings of the Orthotists & Prosthetists Advisory Board

TDLR is delivering on our promise to promote transparency and accountability, protect the health and safety of all Texans, and eliminate unnecessary barriers to doing business. We look forward to serving you for many years to come, and always appreciate any feedback at: cs.op@tdlr.texas.gov.

Inspections of Orthotists and Prosthetists Facilities in Hurricane Disaster Areas

Immediately after Hurricane Harvey, TDLR temporarily stopped periodic inspection of Orthotists and Prosthetists facilities in the disaster areas. On October 16, 2017, we will resume our regular inspection schedule. We will make every effort to avoid locations damaged by flooding. If a TDLR inspector arrives at a business being repaired due to flooding, he/she will return at a later date.

TDLR is continuing to provide a grace period for expired licenses, waive late renewal fees and provide duplicate license replacements for free.

Contact TDLR at recovery@tdlr.texas.gov or 1-800-803-9202 to order a duplicate license at no cost.

If you need to temporarily change your address, phone number, or email address, please update your contact information online.

For more information, visit TDLR’s Harvey web page.

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.

Inspection Information for Owners and Practitioners-in-Charge of Orthotic and Prosthetic Facilities

Rules reviewed by the Orthotists and Prosthetists Advisory Board and approved by the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation require that Orthotic and Prosthetic facilities be inspected once every two years. Inspectors from TDLR’s Field Operations Division will perform unscheduled inspections during your regular business hours beginning in March 2017.

Inspectors will check that your accredited facility is complying with the sanitation, safety, record-keeping and licensing requirements of the law and rules. Inspectors will explain in detail any violations that are noted, what corrective actions to take, and give you a chance to ask questions.

Inspection results fall into one of the following three categories:

  • No Corrections Needed – No action required. Your facility is in compliance.
  • Corrections Needed – Make corrections within 10 days of the inspection date.
  • Violations Sent to Enforcement – Make corrections within 10 days of the inspection date. In addition, a representative of the Enforcement Division may contact you regarding the violations.

During this first round of inspections, only very serious violations, such as unlicensed activity, will be referred to the Enforcement Division. Inspectors will use an Orthotic and Prosthetic Facilities Reference Guide to help them perform inspections.  The Orthotic and Prosthetic Facilities Reference Guide (393kb PDF) is available online.


Advisory Board Meetings

Upcoming Meeting - January 13, 2020

The next Orthotists and Prosthetists Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, January, 13, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be held in the 1st Floor Public Meeting Room of TDLR's North Campus located at 1106 Clayton Lane, Suite 125E, Austin, Texas. When the agenda and staff reports are available, they will be posted online. The meeting will be broadcast live on TDLR's YouTube channel.

Previous Meeting - September 12, 2019

The Orthotists and Prosthetists Advisory Board met September 12, 2019 in Austin. The agenda and staff reports (PDF) are available online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.