ALPHA, N.J. -- The board of directors of the Certification Board for Sterile Processing & Distribution, Inc. (CBSPD) announces the relocation of their offices to
The move is effective today, Dec. 27, 2005. With the dramatic expansion of the CBSPD, it was essential to obtain larger quarters. According to Nancy Chobin, RN, CSPDM, the organizations executive director, This new space is twice the size of the Flemington office and will serve the CBSPD for many years to come.
The CBSPD is the only sterile processing certification program that is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. The CBSPD offers five levels of certification: technician, supervisor, manager, surgical instrument processor, and now ambulatory surgery. The Ambulatory Surgery Sterile Processing Technician exam was implemented in April 2005 after a job analysis survey was performed which indicated significant variances in practice from hospital sterile processors.
The CBSPD board has also announced that it plans to move forward with computerized testing in 2006. According to Chobin, This was not an easy decision to make due to sterile processing personnels lack of ease with computers. In addition, there are issues with security with internet testing so it is imperative that the testing agency delivering the exams has many safety nets in place.
The CBSPD is currently evaluating several testing agencies that offer computer based testing. It is anticipated that the first administration will be in October. However, this will depend on many factors and until all systems are in place, we will not set a firm date. According to Chobin, We will be able to offer more availability to the exam. The exams will be offered during windows or specified time periods. The exact times are still being considered. Look for more information on the CBSPD Web site at: www.sterileprocessing.org. as this process moves forward.