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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
These are not paid positions and there is no compensation or reimbursement for serving on the Board.
TDLR Health Monitor - March 2019 Edition
March 11, 2019
Articles in this March 2019 edition of The Health Monitor include updates on:
- the 2019 Texas legislative session (86R)
- new criminal conviction guidelines for the behavior analyst program
- upcoming improvements to exams for several occupations
- midwives educational summit
- health occupations annual report
- upcoming conferences
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.
Justification for Adoption of Administrative Rules
August 18, 2018
The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted amendments to existing rules regarding the Orthotics and Prosthetics program (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 114, §§114.10, 114.20, 114.23 - 114.30, 114.40, 114.50, 114.66 - 114.69, 114.80, and 114.90).
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 September 1, 2018.
Orthotists and Prosthetists: One Year Update
October 24, 2017
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|
|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%|
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: email@example.com.
Inspections of Orthotists and Prosthetists Facilities in Hurricane Disaster Areas
October 12, 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
September 14, 2017
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
- Dyslexia Therapists and Practitioners
- Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers
- Orthotists and Prosthetists
- 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
March 30, 2017
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
Previous Meeting - September 6, 2018
- The Orthotists and Prosthetists Advisory Board met September 6 in Austin. The agenda and staff reports (PDF) are available online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.
- The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department), in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, Texas Government Code §2001.029, held a public hearing on the proposed rules at 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 114, regarding the Orthotists and Prosthetists program. The hearing was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.