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Central Service Technician Certification Bills Introduced in New York

Publish Date: 3/6/2013

Senate Bill 00697 and Assembly Bill 00878, central service certification bills have been introduced in the New York state senate and assembly.

SB00697/A00878 would define central service technician as “a person who provides the services of decontamination, preparation, packaging, sterilization, and storage and distribution of reusable medical instrumentation or devices in healthcare facilities other than in the course of practicing as a healthcare professional.”

Additionally, the bill would require a central service technician to either:

  • Hold and maintain the Certified Registered Central Service Technician credential administered by the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) or the Certified Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician credential administered by the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD) or another credentialing agency acceptable to the commissioner, or
  • Provide evidence that the person was employed or contracted for services as a central service technician in the two years immediately prior to the effective date of the law, or
  • Be a student or intern performing the functions of a central service technician if they are working under the direct supervision of an appropriately licensed or certified healthcare professional and functions within the scope of the student or intern’s training.

If a central service technician is not employed as a central service technician in the two years immediately prior to the effective date of the law, they would have 12 months from the date of hire to become certified.

The central service technician would be required to complete 10 hours of continuing education each year should the bill pass.

A central service technician certification bill passed the senate and assembly in 2012 and made it to the Governor’s desk where it was vetoed by Governor Cuomo.

 

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