Promoting Patient Safety & Quality Surgery Outcomes

Membership
As an HSPA 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 (SP) 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 (SP) 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 (SP) 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, HSPA offers a broad range of textbooks, webinars, podcasts, and other learning opportunities.
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Sterile Processing Spotlight

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This gallery highlights the commitment to advancing SP knowledge, skill sets and professionalism among HSPA members. To submit a photo for consideration, click the button below.
Instrumental to Patient Care...
Instrumental to You!
The Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA) [formerly 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, HSPA 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 40,000 members and certification holders rely on HSPA 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 08

HSPA Announces Board of Director Election Results

April 8, 2022

Chicago, Ill., — The Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA) is pleased to announce the election results for five Board of Director

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insights: HSPA Announces Board of Director Election Results
February 28

HSPA Announces 2022 Award Recipients

March 14, 2022

The Healthcare Sterile Processing Association’s (HSPA’s) annual awards program honors Sterile Processing (SP) professionals who demonstrate exceptional leadership, dedication

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insights: HSPA Announces 2022 Award Recipients
March 03

AAMI Releases Updated ST91 for Endoscope Cleaning, Patient Safety

March 3, 2022

On March 3, 2022, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) announced that after seven years, its standard for cleaning

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Insights: AAMI Announces ST91: Extensive Updates for Endoscope Cleaning, Patient Safety
February 28

TJC ‘Quick Safety’ Report Targets Safe Reuse of Surgical Instruments

March 1, 2022

For organizations performing reprocessing, ensuring that instruments and devices are reusable (and in good condition, with the ability to be

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insights: TJC ‘Quick Safety’ Report Targets Safe Reuse of Surgical Instruments
February 15

Case Study: Holes in Wraps—Data-Driven Approach to Reducing Quality Events

February 15, 2022

Compromised packaging can hamper operational efficiencies in surgical services departments—causing procedure cancellations or delays,

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insights: Case Study: Holes in Wraps—Data-Driven Approach to Reducing Quality Events
January 31

Techniques to Maximize the Benefits of Sterilization Containers

February 1, 2022

Sterilization containers provide a barrier to microorganisms, protect instruments from damage, and eliminate torn wrappers—but these benefits can

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insights: Techniques to Maximize the Benefits of Sterilization Containers
November 22

Quality Monitoring for Decontamination

November 23, 2021

The foundation of sterilization is effective cleaning. How can Sterile Processing (SP) professionals ensure that the mechanical cleaning equipment being used is producing

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insights: Quality Monitoring for Decontamination
December 02

 

New Research Suggests Medical Instrument Processing Personnel May Be Exposed to Tissue, Blood, and Patient Fluids Despite the Use of Personal Protective Equipment

 December 2, 2021

Findings from first

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insights: New Research Suggests Medical Instrument Processing Personnel May Be Exposed to Tissue, Blood, and Patient Fluids Despite the Use of Personal Protective Equipment
November 08

Remembering Our Veterans This November 11

November 8, 2021

Veterans Day, November 11, marks the official anniversary of the end of World War I. It honors the heroes of that tragic struggle and can lend itself to a rededication

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insights: Honoring Our Veterans
October 11

IAHCSMM Hires Federal Lobbyist to Secure Hazard Pay for Sterile Processors

October 13, 2021

The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) has joined forces with the Association of

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insights: IAHCSMM Hires Federal Lobbyist Oct 2021
August 15

IAHCSMM Announces 2021 Award Recipients

August 18, 2021

IAHCSMM’s annual awards program honors Sterile Processing (SP) professionals who demonstrate exceptional leadership, dedication and service in the SP discipline. We

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insights: IAHCSMM Award Recipients 2021
August 03

Article Addresses Verbiage Shift from Point-of-Use 'Cleaning' to 'Treatment'

August 4, 2021

Confused by what's needed to prepare instruments safely and successfully for transport to the decontamination area after a surgical

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insights: Article Addresses Verbiage Shift