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IAHCSMM is now HSPA - What You Should Know

01.25.2022 • Industry News

Jamie Zarembinski, CRCST, CER, CCSVP
Clinical Educator, Sterile Processing

We're almost a full month into the new year and there are some exciting changes, including a new name and brand lift for one of the most respected associations in the sterile processing industry. IAHCSMM (formerly International Association of Central Sterile and Materiel Management) has updated its name and logo to HSPA (Healthcare Sterile Processing Association).

The new name (and shorter acronym) was purposefully designed to help continue to drive awareness to the industry of sterile processing. While it will certainly take a bit of time getting used to a new name, we wanted to share some quick updates to help you in your department:

Q: What is the new website for HSPA?
A: The new URL is myhspa.org however if you visit the IAHCSMM URL, you will simply be redirected to the new one. For the most part, everything is the same however a few things have moved around so make sure to log in (same login credentials as before) and look around the site to familiarize yourself with where resources can be found.

Q: What should I update in my department? 
A: Here's what you should consider updating: 
  • Update documentation within your job descriptions. Work with HR to make sure documents are updated for current and future employees
  • Update displays for techs who are certified with the HSPA logo (download here)
  • Update policies within the facility to reflect the new name
  • Take some time to train your team on renewing their certifications on the new HSPA website
Here's what HSPA states about their name change: 

January 1 marked the official transition to our new name, the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA). This is an exciting time for our Association and our membership, and we are working as quickly as possible to update our many resources (certification documents, website, textbooks, publications, brochures, and more) to our new name. As you might imagine, this process takes time, so please be patient with us during this transitional period as we move from the “IAHCSMM” name to “HSPA”. We look forward to a terrific 2022 and thank you for your support.”

Photo credits: Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA) myhspa.org