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Visit the Consumer Protection Division Transitioning Programs page for information about programs that have transitioned to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, the Texas Medical Board and the Health and Human Services Commission.


The Consumer Protection Division keeps Texas safe every day through:

  • Licensing, rules and standards
  • Oversight and compliance activities
  • Technical advice and communication
  • Various aspects of disaster preparedness and response.

The division oversees producers of consumer health goods and service providers to ensure public safety. CPD has four areas of oversight:

Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems develops, implements, and evaluates EMS/Trauma Systems, with an emphasis on trauma, pediatrics, disaster preparedness, and stroke; includes designation of trauma, stroke, neonatal, maternal and fetal centers of excellence facilities and dissemination of grant funding. Additionally, DSHS licenses EMS providers, personnel, and vehicles, and approves EMS continuing education programs.

Environmental Health protects consumers from unsafe products (e.g., unsafe toys and lead exposure), dangerous chemicals, hazardous building conditions (e.g., asbestos and lead remediation) and hazard communication workers right to know (hazcom), and asbestos in schools (AHERA).

Food , Drug and Meat Safety ensures that foods, meat, drugs, medical devices, and cosmetics consumed and used by Texans are safe, properly labeled, and do not advertise/market products with false claims. The program inspects and licenses manufacturing, distribution and salvaging of foods, drugs, medical devices, and cosmetics in Texas. Staff investigate consumer complaints, foodborne illness outbreaks and respond to natural and manmade disasters. Additionally, staff educate consumers in safe food handling practices and any rule/statutory changes.

Radiation Control protects Texans from the harmful effects of radiation by regulating the possession and use of radioactive materials (including nuclear medicine, industrial radiography, nuclear power plants, and oil and gas well logging) in a manner that maintains compatibility with the requirements of the 1963 Agreement between Texas and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. DSHS also inspects and licenses radiation-producing machines such as x-ray, mammography, and laser. Additionally, DSHS develops radiological emergency response plans and conducts full-scale exercises on those plans at nuclear power plants.

See alphabetical listing below for all programs in the Consumer Protection Division.

Directions:

We are located at the Exchange Building

8407 Wall Street  
Austin, TX 78754  
(512) 834-6660 

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Consumer Protection Division Programs

A

Abusable Volatile Chemicals Program
Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act Program
Asbestos Program

B

Bloodborne Pathogen Control

C

Certificates of Free Sale
Certified Food Manager Program
Chemicals, Abusable Volatile (AVC)  
Controlled Substance Scheduling
Cosmetics
Cottage Food Production  

D

Device Distributors and Manufacturers
Device Salvage Brokers and Establishments
Dietary Supplements
Drug Manufacturers and Distributors

E

Emergency Medical Care Facilities, Freestanding
EMS Provider Licensing
EMS -Trauma Systems  
Ephedrine and Pseudoephedrine, Retail Certificate of Authority

F

Farmer's Markets
Field Sanitation
First Responder Organization Registration
Food Alerts and Recalls
Food Establishments Unit
Food Establishments, Mobile
Food Establishments, Retail
Food Establishments, Temporary
Food Handler Program
Food Manager Program, Certified
Food Manufacturers
Food Production, Cottage
Food Vendors, Roadside
Foods Unit
Foods Labeling

H

Hazard Communication Worker Right-to-Know Program
Hazardous Products Manufacturing  

I

Industrial Radiographers

L

Laser and Laser Device Services
Lead Program, Environmental

If you don’t see the program you are looking for listed above, please visit the Consumer Protection Division Transition page.

Last updated May 24, 2019