IAHCSMM Announces Official Membership Voting Results on Name Change ‘Healthcare Sterile Processing Association’ Name Takes Effect Jan. 1, 2022


Chicago, Ill.– July 14, 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.”

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


The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management is the premier association for healthcare Sterile Processing/Central Service professionals and has been in operation since 1958. IAHCSMM provides structural educational opportunities, professional development and a forum for information exchange to more than 38,000 members and certification holders. For more information about the Association, visit http://www.iahcsmm.org.

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