Advocacy at IAHCSMM
Our dedicated, focused advocacy initiatives assist IAHCSMM members and certified professionals in state certification efforts, while also playing a critical role in advancing the Association's visibility with state legislators and other elected officials.
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.
IAHCSMM believes that we are all patients. Through the Advocacy department, IAHCSMM maintains one clear voice to create legislative/regulatory changes to ensure that 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 will promote quality healthcare, reduce the risk of healthcare associated infections, and ensure successful patient care.
IAHCSMM's Advocacy Committee oversees the legislative/regulatory issues in their states and helps to edit government affairs documents and legislation. Learn More
IAHCSMM maintains that every patient deserves to have a certified Sterile Processing technician reprocessing his/her instruments and will actively promote laws and regulations to ensure certification of Sterile Processing technicians at the state level. Learn More
Legislation Across the US
Track which states have implemented certification legislation and regulations. Learn More
Legislative Tools and News
IAHCSMM has prepared a few brochures and resources for you to learn the basics and stay up to date. Learn More
Participate in IAHCSMM's active campaigns, sign up for alerts, and find your local officials. Learn More