The mission of the Anatomical Board is to facilitate the distribution of deceased human remains for the purpose of teaching and research. In doing so, the Board protects the interests of donors and their families by requiring that only authorized educational and medical institutions receive human remains, and that the remains are treated with dignity and respect. The specific objectives of the Anatomical Board are to:
- Implement the provisions and regulations set forth in the Texas Health and Safety Code Chapt. 691-692A, and the stipulations of the Texas Administrative Codes pertaining to the acquisition, use, and final disposition of anatomical materials.
- Inspect anatomical facilities for compliance with standards established by the Board.
- Record the receipt and transfer of donations by Willed Body Programs.
- Distribute surplus cadavers among member institutions based on scientific and educational needs.
- Approve the transportation of cadavers and/or body parts within and outside of the State of Texas.
- Address complaints received from the public sector and member institutions regarding the use of cadavers or body parts and resolve such issues based on the rules and regulations adopted by the board and in accordance with state law.