September 2021 – Foundation for an Informed Texas


September 13, 2021

Opportunity for Regulatory Feedback: Compassionate-Use Institutional Review Board

Earlier this year the Texas Legislature passed HB 1535 to improve the Texas Compassionate Use Program (T.CUP) during the regular session. This legislation included a provision to create “Compassionate-Use Institutional Review Boards” (CIRB) which could potentially add new qualifying conditions, facilitate research, and track the impact of medical cannabis on patients participating in the program. The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has been tasked with the creation of the CIRB regulatory framework.  DSHS has released their first iteration of the CIRB regulations, which can be reviewed here. Public comments are now being accepted, and must be submitted by the September 20th deadline. Thoughtful feedback can be submitted by: Mail: Rules Coordination Office, P.O. Box 13247, Mail Code 4102, Austin, Texas 78711-3247, or street address 4900 […]