IAHCSMM announces name change to ‘Healthcare Sterile Processing Association’

July 15, 2021

From June 22-July 12, 2021, members of the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) cast their votes regarding the proposed name change from IAHCSMM to the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA), with a tagline of “Professionals Instrumental to Patient Safety.”

Upon reviewing the certified results from the third-party voting service provider Survey & Ballot Systems, the Association’s Board of Directors announces that 82.3% of voting members voted in favor of the name change. A two-thirds “yes” vote by members who voted was needed for the name change to pass. 

The switch from IAHCSMM to HSPA will officially take effect January 1, 2022. In the coming weeks and months, the Association will be updating its logo, corporate documents and marketing materials to reflect the new name and will continue communicating with membership throughout the process. 

“For many years, discussions took place regarding a formal name change for the Association within the bylaws and articles of incorporation,” said IAHCSMM Executive Director Susan Adams, BA, CAE. “We are excited to adopt a new name that more clearly reflects the profession and will help us better educate others about how Sterile Processing professionals impact patient safety. One thing that will not change is our organization’s commitment to delivering the high level of support and services that our members and certification holders have come to expect over the past 63 years.”  

Don’t miss the upcoming IAHCSMM annual meeting in October in Columbus, Ohio for more details about HSPA, education, networking opportunities and solutions for sterile processing.  

For more information on the IACHSMM annual event visit https://s6.goeshow.com/iahcsmm/annual/2021/index.cfm 

For more information about the name change, visit: www.iahcsmm.org/processingchange.html. 

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