NOTICE: On March 1, 2023, the cost to take a certification exam is increasing to $140 USD.
If an exam application is received on or before February 28, HSPA will honor the exam fee of $125 USD.

Promoting Patient Safety & Quality Surgery Outcomes

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 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.
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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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

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

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

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

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