IAHCSMM Believes We are All Patients

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.

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Certification Legislation/Regulations

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Map Key:

  • Pink States - Certification is required to work in Sterile Processing
  • Orange States - Active for legislation or regulation
  • Yellow States - In the planning and data collection stages to begin the certification process
  • Blue states - Not yet begun the legislative and/or DOH process

Certification Issue

A Legislative Priority

IAHCSMM maintains that every patient deserves to have a certified Central Service technician reprocessing his/her instruments and will actively promote laws and regulations to ensure certification of Central Service technicians at the state level.

What is a Model Central Service Technician Certification Bill?

An Act relating to persons functioning as Central Service technicians in certain health care facilities.


For the purposes of this section, the terms:

  1. "Central Service technician" shall mean any person who decontaminates, inspects, assembles, packages, and sterilizes reusable medical instruments or devices in a health care facility.
  2. "Health care practitioner" shall mean ________.
  3. "Health care facility" shall mean ________.

A health care facility shall not employ or otherwise retain the services of a Central Service technician unless such person:

  1. Has successfully passed a nationally accredited central service exam for Central Service technicians; and holds and maintains one of the following credentials administered by a nationally accredited Central Service technician credentialing organization: the Certified Registered Central Service Technician credential, the Certified Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician credential or a substantially equivalent credential; or
  2. Provides evidence that the person was employed as a Central Service technician in a health care facility on or before _______.

A Central Service technician who does not meet the requirements of paragraph (2)(a) or (b) of this section shall have eighteen months from the date of hire to obtain the Certified Registered Central Service Technician credential or the Certified Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician.


A person who qualifies to function as a Central Service technician in a health care facility under paragraphs (2)(a) and (b) of this section must annually complete ten hours of continuing education credits to remain qualified to function as a Central Service technician.


Nothing in this section shall prohibit any health care practitioner from performing Central Service technicians' tasks or functions if the person is acting within the scope of his or her practice.


The commissioner of the department of health shall adopt regulations necessary to carry out this act.


This act shall take effect ________.

Legal disclaimer: The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) provides the information on this webpage and the documents contained herewith for informational purposes only and does not offer legal advice. IAHCSMM recommends that individuals or healthcare facilities consult with their attorneys for answers to legal questions. The information on this webpage and the documents contained herewith should not be considered complete or exhaustive and may not reflect the most current information. As a result, IAHCSMM does not represent that the information on this webpage nor the documents contained herewith are complete, accurate and up to date.



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