As of Sept. 1, 2019, a special license is no longer required to own laboratory glassware in the state of Texas.

SB 616 (86th Legislative Session) amends Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 481 to repeal the requirement of a permit and the offense for failing to obtain a permit. The bill retains the requirements that anyone who uses a precursor chemical or laboratory apparatus must:

  1. Submit loss or theft reports to the department,
  2. Maintain records and inventories in accordance with department rules, and
  3. Allow a member of the department or a peace officer to conduct audits and inspect records.

Prior to Sept. 1, 2019, many of the items in our laboratory category were considered "controlled substances" and illegal to possess in Texas without a precursor chemicals and laboratory apparatus (PCLA) permit.