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Pennsylvania Considers Requiring Certification of Central Supply Technicians

Publish Date: 4/11/2012

A bill which would require central supply technicians to be certified has been introduced in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. House Bill 2290 would require all central supply technicians to hold either the Certified Registered Central Service Technician credential administered by the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management or the Certified Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician credential administered by the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution.

Central supply technicians employed on January 1, 2013 would be required to become certified within two years. If they failed to become certified within the two year period, they would not be allowed to continue to work. Students or interns would be allowed to perform the functions of a central supply technician if the student or intern is under the direct supervision of an appropriately licensed or certified health care practitioner and is functioning within the scope of the student’s or intern’s training.

In addition to the certification requirement, each person who qualifies to function as a central supply technician in a health care facility would also have to complete 12 hours of continuing education each year to maintain their certification.

AORN believes that sterile processing technicians should be graduates of accredited education programs or should successfully complete a specialty certification process. HB 2290 will ensure that central sterile supply personnel are appropriately educated and meet minimum continuing education standards. 

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