Central Service Certification Bill Reintroduced

Publish Date: March 29, 2017


Massachusetts’ Senator Anne Gobi introduced S.1205, which would require certification and continuing education for central service technicians working in Massachusetts hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. In the 2015-16 legislative session, this type of legislation, S.2070, passed the Senate and died in the House.

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. AORN submitted a letter of support for S.1205, similar to what AORN has done in the past.

S. 1205 is expected to move forward this year. AORN will continue to monitor its progress along with all central service technician certification efforts and provide updates to members as needed.