IAHCSMM's Advocacy Committee works diligently to advocate for Central Service professionals nationwide and educate state elected officials and others on the CS discipline's vital contributions to safe, high-quality care and positive patient outcomes.
State-required certification of CS technicians is a leading priority of IAHCSMM's Advocacy Committee. Operating under this key focus, the Committee provides targeted education to legislators and other state elected officials (as well as the media and general community), on the CS professions' role. Equally important, the Advocacy Committee educates on how certification of CS technicians can help promote safe, effective, standards-based management of medical and surgical instrumentation – from receipt of instrumentation in the CS department to cleaning, disinfection, sterilization, reassembly, and distribution – and then spearheads legislative efforts to promote CS certification at the individual state level.
The primary responsibility of Awards Committee members is to actively promote and market the awards process to the IAHCSMM membership, and then use eligibility requirements and criteria to select annual award recipients..
Fellowship is an honorable distinction that must be earned through hard work, a commitment to professional advancement, and a desire to raise the bar as both an IAHCSMM member and as a contributor to the CS field. IAHCSMM's Fellowship Committee helps guide prospective Fellows through the process by providing clear criteria regarding Fellowship requirements; reviewing Fellowship paper topics and outlines, mentoring applicants and offering valuable feedback, and then selecting individuals for Fellowship based on set Fellowship criteria and requirements.