Though the Advocacy department, IAHCSMM maintains one clear voice to create legislative/regulatory changes to ensure every patient has an educated, certified Sterile Processing technician responsible for reprocessing his or her instruments. IAHCSMM’s dedicated and focused advocacy efforts for required certification of Sterile Processing technicians promotes quality healthcare, reduces the risk of healthcare associated infections, and ensures successful patient care.
IAHCSMM's Advocacy Initiatives
IAHCSMM is a vigorous advocate for Sterile Processing professionals and patients in state legislatures across the country. IAHCSMM's top legislative priority is to ensure that there are certified Sterile Processing technicians in every healthcare facility in every state. Currently, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Tennessee are the only states to require certification of Sterile Processing technicians.
The Advocacy department of IAHCSMM formulates a legislative/regulatory strategy for educating state-elected officials on the critical role of Sterile Processing professionals by developing and carrying out state grassroots lobbying efforts, coordinating meetings with state legislators, governors, and agency officials, and testifying at state legislative and regulatory hearings. Additionally, the Advocacy department is committed to building coalitions of support with other associations in order to create a stronger voice and greater advocacy momentum.
This commitment to advancing Sterile Processing 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.