Tex. Health & Safety Code Section 691.031
Transportation of Bodies; Records


The commission shall adopt rules to ensure that:


each body or anatomical specimen received or distributed under this chapter is properly transported;


a label with a statement that the container’s contents are derived from human tissue is affixed to the container in which the body or anatomical specimen is transported; and


each person who has control or possession of a body or anatomical specimen:


satisfactorily completes the information required on a chain-of-custody form prescribed by the commission;


maintains a copy of the form for the person’s records; and


transfers the form to any other person to whom control or possession of the body or anatomical specimen is transferred.


The commission may employ a public carrier to transport bodies or anatomical specimens received or distributed by the commission.


Each body or anatomical specimen shall be carefully deposited and transported with the least possible public display.


A person or institution who sends a body or anatomical specimen under this chapter shall keep on permanent file a description of the body or anatomical specimen that includes the deceased’s name, if known, color, sex, age, place and supposed cause of death, and any other information available for identification of the body or anatomical specimen, such as the existence of scars or deformities.


The sender shall mail or otherwise safely convey to the person or institution to whom the body is sent a copy of the description required by Subsection (d). The person or institution receiving the body or anatomical specimen shall immediately and safely transmit to the sender a receipt containing the full terms of the description furnished by the sender.


The sender and receiver of each body or anatomical specimen shall file the records required under this section in accordance with commission rules so that the commission or a district or county attorney may inspect the records at any time.
Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 948, Sec. 8, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.
Amended by:
Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 875 (S.B. 187), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2011.
Acts 2023, 88th Leg., R.S., Ch. 961 (S.B. 2040), Sec. 1.17, eff. September 1, 2023.

Source: Section 691.031 — Transportation of Bodies; Records, https://statutes.­capitol.­texas.­gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.­691.­htm#691.­031 (accessed Jun. 5, 2024).

Jun. 5, 2024

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