COVID-19 Disaster Response
The Texas Medical Board has closed its physical offices due to the public health threat posed by COVID-19 and in response to Governor Abbott’s declaration of disaster. Most employees are working remotely, and therefore responses to public information requests may be delayed.
If your request for information requires the TMB to request a decision from the Office of the Attorney General regarding withheld information, please note that such a request will not be submitted until the disaster declaration is lifted or expires.
Additionally, if your request involves responsive physical records, we will not be able to respond to your request until the disaster declaration is lifted or expires and employees return to normal office hours.
According to the Office of the Attorney General guidance on COVID-19, if a governmental body has closed its physical offices for purposes of a public health or epidemic response, or if a governmental body is unable to access its records on a calendar day, then such day is not a considered a business day for open records purposes, even if staff continues to work remotely.
Upon lifting or expiring of the declared disaster, and upon returning to normal office hours and operating procedures, we will process your requests as efficiently as possible and in the order received. We appreciate your understanding and patience during this time of crisis.
Texas law gives you the right to access government records. All government information is presumed to be available to the public; however, certain exceptions may apply to the disclosure of the information.
Governmental bodies are to promptly release requested information that is not confidential by law or information for which an exception to disclosure has been sought.
Please click on the tabs below for additional information about requesting open records from TMB.
Exceptions to the Public Information Act
TMB receives a large number of public information requests for:
- complaint information and investigative files,
- disciplinary hearing materials, and
- licensure application files.
These materials are the subject of two Texas Attorney General decisions that establish that these materials are specifically exempt from disclosure under the Texas Public Information Act (PIA). Consequently, when making a request to TMB under the PIA, please note that these documents/materials are excepted from release to the public by two Pre-Determination letters from the Office of the Attorney General, available at the links below: