Program Policies

HSPA is a not-for-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors. The Board has established the Certification Council, and granted authority to the Certification Council, to independently make essential decisions related to standards, policies, and procedures of the certification program. These decisions are made independently of, and under no influence by, any other individual or business entity within or outside of HSPA.


Certification helps drive knowledge and competency. It helps ensure that Sterile Processing (SP) professionals stay current with regulations, standards and best practices. It gives them the confidence in knowing they have both the tools and skills needed to overcome the most challenging obstacles. Above all, certification demonstrates that quality care and safety are the driving forces behind the SP department.


The HSPA Certification Council supports appropriate, professional standards designed to serve Sterile Processing technicians, their employers, and the public. First and foremost, certification holders give priority to providing services in a manner that promotes safety, reflects positively on the profession, and is consistent with accepted moral, ethical, and legal standards.


  • Adhere to all laws, regulations, policies, and ethical standards that apply to the practice of providing Sterile Processing and related activities.
  • Follow all certification program policies, procedures, requirements and rules. This includes the obligation to be aware of and understand these policies and requirements.
  • Provide accurate and complete information to HSPA concerning certification and recertification.
  • Keep confidential all HSPA examination information; including preventing unauthorized disclosures of exam information.
  • Cooperate with HSPA and the Certification Council regarding matters related to the Code of Conduct and complaint and/or disciplinary investigations.
  • Properly use HSPA certification titles, marks, and logos.
  • Report violations of the Code of Conduct by HSPA certificants to the Certification Council.
  • Maintain high standards of integrity and conduct, and accept responsibility for their actions
  • Be accountable and responsible for their actions and behaviors.
  • Foster excellence in Sterile Processing (SP) by continually seeking to enhance their professional capabilities through continuing education and regular on-the-job training.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of private and sensitive information, unless there is a mandate to report or other legal obligation to disclose the information.
  • Act professionally, and practice with integrity and honesty.
  • Strive to fairly and objectively represent the principles of SP and encourage others to act in the same professional manner consistent with certification standards and responsibilities.