The law, approved by the New Jersey Healthcare Advisory Board on
"It took three years, but it has finally been made official," he said. "This law will help legitimize the profession by recognizing the critical role CS professionals play in patient care and ensuring that these individuals obtain certification that will help them perform their jobs [more effectively]."
Under the new law, existing CS technicians will have five years to become certified, and new hires will have three years. Those in the ambulatory care setting will have two years to complete the requirement. The law stipulates that sterile processing managers must become certified immediately.
"There will be no lag time for managers. We want them to take the lead on this and in order to do so, they must be certified,"
While the law for CS certification is limited to
"We applaud Mr.
Since its inception, IAHCSMM has been a strong advocate of CS education and certification, and has consistently strived to bring the most relevant, comprehensive certification exam to the profession. To better meet the needs of a diverse professional population, the Association began offering a Spanish- and English-translated Certified Registered Central Service Technician examination in April. The translated exam follows a practice-based approach, which uses questions based on subject matter that has been defined by experts in the field for safe and effective practice. Not only does the practice-based format create an opportunity to more accurately assess professional skills from an actual practice or task perspective, it enables IAHCSMM to prioritize and weigh the importance of specific central service materiel management tasks according to their overall impact on quality of care and safety. All CRCST exams are computer-based to ensure security and accuracy.
"IAHCSMM will continue with its vision and mission of strengthening educational opportunities for the women and men of our profession throughout the country," Williams said.
The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management is a premier association for professionals in healthcare central service/materiel management. IAHCSMM provides structural educational opportunities, professional development and a forum for information exchange to more than 8,000 members.