Massachusetts Central Service Bill Reintroduced

Publish Date: May 7, 2015


On April 15, 2015, Massachusetts Senator Anne Gobi introduced a bill that would require certification and continuing education for central service technicians working in Massachusetts hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers.

Senate bill 1155 has been referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health. This bill has one main sponsor, Senator Gobi, and 49 legislators that have signed on as co-sponsors. With 200 legislators in the Massachusetts legislature, this means that 25 percent of them have signed on to co-sponsor this bill – a substantial show of support.

Perioperative registered nurses rely on central service technicians to ensure that instrumentation and equipment used in medical and surgical procedures are properly cleaned, disinfected, inspected, and sterilized prior to patient use. Because AORN is supportive of efforts to enact legislation to require certification and minimum continuing education standards for central service technicians, AORN wrote a letter supporting Senate bill 1155 in April.

AORN’s government affairs department will continue to monitor and report on the progress of Massachusetts Senate bill 1155.