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Membership
As an IAHCSMM member, you are part of a global professional network. You have complete access to a vibrant community of peers and thought leaders in the Sterile Processing profession, practical and compelling educational content to enhance your certification development, and support system dedicated solely to the advancement of your career.
Certification
Certification helps ensure surgical instruments are clean, sterile, and well-functioning, and that Sterile Processing professionals possess the essential skills necessary to manage critical departmental duties safely, effectively, and consistently. Annual renewals of certifications enable SP professionals to stay current of ever-evolving surgical technology, standards, and best practices.
Education
Ongoing commitment to knowledge advancement lies at the very heart of every Sterile Processing professional. Whether you are looking to stay current on industry standards and best practices, brush up on the basics, build a reference library, or sharpen your technical or managerial skills, IAHCSMM offers a broad range of textbooks, webinars, podcasts, and other learning opportunities.
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The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) is the premier association representing healthcare Sterile Processing (SP) professionals worldwide. Because SP professionals are responsible for cleaning, decontaminating, sterilizing, and distributing medical and surgical instrumentation, they are among the most vital contributors to the delivery of safe, high-quality patient care. For more than 60 years, IAHCSMM has been providing these professionals with the broadest range of certification and continuing education offerings available, along with the unsurpassed support that only a full-service membership organization can bring.

This commitment to advancing SP knowledge, skill sets and professionalism is why over 37,000 members and certificants rely on IAHCSMM to keep them sharp, focused and abreast of the very latest standards, best practices and technological advancements impacting the SP profession.

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April 12

IAHCSMM Announces Board of Director Election Results

April 14, 2021

The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) is pleased to announce the election results for four Board of

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insights: IAHCSMM Board of Directors Article April, 2021
April 12

FDA’s Warning on Infections Linked to Urology Scopes Underscores Training, Competency Needs

April 14, 2021

IAHCSMM previously shared with membership the April 1, 2021, warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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insights: FDA Warning on Infections Article April, 2021
April 08

The Critical (3) Do's and Don'ts For Handling Sterile Packaging

Author: Michele DeMeo
Contributors: Stephen Kovach, Sue Klacik, Jane Severin, Jon Wilder

Three critical practices to ensure sterile goods are delivered to the

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Critical (3) Dos and Don'ts of Packaging Article April, 2021
March 17

TJC Revises Its Water Management Requirements

By: IAHCSMM Education Department

March 31, 2021

On March 19, 2021, the Joint Commission announced it approved numerous revisions for prepublication of its water management

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insights: Water Management Article March, 2021
March 17

Sterilization Packaging Shortage

By: IAHCSMM Education Department

March 17, 2021

IAHCSMM is aware of reports of sterilization wrap shortages throughout the U.S. Those shortages may require facilities to consider

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insights: Packaging Shortage Article March, 2021
March 03

Diligence in Implant Processing will Decrease Infection Risks

By: Susan Klacik, BS, CRCST, CIS, CHL, ACE, FCS

March 3, 2021

Implants are foreign bodies that have sustained contact with sterile tissue; therefore, they

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insights: Implant Processing Article March, 2021
January 20

AAMI Makes Four Amendments to ANSI/AAMI ST79

By: Susan Klacik, BS, CRCST, CIS, CHL, ACE, FCS

January 20, 2021

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) released four amendments to ANSI/AAMI

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insights: AAMI Amendments Article January, 2021
November 25

AORN's New Recommendations for Instrument Care and Cleaning

By: Susan Klacik, BS, CRCST, CIS, ACE, CHL, FCS

November 25, 2020

In the December 2020 issue of OR Manager, IAHCSMM Clinical Educator Susan Klacik,

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insights: Sterilization and Infection Prevention Article November, 2020
November 25

Finding Work-Life Balance: Why We Must Use That Vacation Time

By: David Taylor III, MSN, RN, CNOR

November 25, 2020

It’s time for some vacation. When was the last time you actually took a vacation where you were totally

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insights: Finding Work-Life Balance Article November, 2020
November 01

Veteran SPD Tech Writes Inspiring Poem About the Profession

By: Leticia Nace, CSPDT, RDA

November 1, 2020

Leticia Nace, Team Lead of Sterile Processing for the Naval Medical Readiness and Training Command in Quantico,

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insights: Veteran SPD Poem Article November, 2020
November 01

When Time & Safety Collide: It's Never Safe to Rush Loaned Instrument Processing

By: Susan Klacik, BS, CRCST, CIS, ACE, CHL, FCS

November 1, 2020

In the Oct/Nov 2020 issue of OR Manager, IAHCSMM Clinical Educator

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insights: When Time and Safety Collide Article November, 2020
October 14

Great Ways to Celebrate Perioperative Nurses Week Nov. 8 (& Why We Should)

By: David Taylor III, MSN, RN, CNOR

October 14, 2020

Perioperative Nurses’ Week is fast approaching, providing an opportune time to

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insights: Perioperative Nurses Week Article October, 2020