HSPA Believes We Are All Patients

Through the Advocacy department, HSPA maintains one clear voice to create legislative/regulatory changes to ensure every patient has an educated, certified Sterile Processing (SP) technician responsible for reprocessing his or her instruments. HSPA’s dedicated and focused advocacy efforts for required certification of SP technicians promote quality healthcare, reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections, and ensure successful patient care.

Advocacy Initiatives


HSPA is a vigorous advocate for Sterile Processing (SP) professionals and patients in state legislatures across the country. HSPA's top legislative priority is to ensure that there are certified SP technicians in every healthcare facility in every state. Currently, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee are the only states to require certification of SP technicians.

The Advocacy department of HSPA formulates a legislative/regulatory strategy for educating state-elected officials on the critical role of SP 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.

Advocacy Committee Representatives

HSPA Director of Government Affairs
Region 1
Region 3
At Large Member
Region 5




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This commitment to advancing Sterile Processing (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.