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As a healthcare association dedicated to patient safety and infection prevention, IAHCSMM has always made creating a safe and healthy environment for attendees, exhibitors, staff and the community at large the top priority when we plan and hold our annual conferences. Because of that goal, we have been closely monitoring COVID-19 outbreaks and epidemiology data across the nation and, especially, in Ohio and Columbus/Frankin County.

After careful consideration, the IAHCSMM Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person Conference & Expo in Columbus, Ohio. Although we had every intention of moving forward with our in-person event, several recent pandemic-related developments led us to reconsider our decision. Ohio and the Columbus region are experiencing concerning upward trends in reported COVID cases, including significant increases in the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant. On Friday, Sept. 10, Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther signed an executive order declaring a State of Emergency for the city of Columbus.

Although we understand that the cancellation is disappointing for all who were planning to attend, we believe that canceling the in-person Conference & Expo is the most appropriate response given the current pandemic-related trends. All along, we have been planning a virtual conference option and that will still take place Oct. 15–28. We look forward to having you participate in this virtual event, which will deliver first-class education in a safe, innovative and user-friendly format.

We thank you for your support and understanding.

In light of the cancellation of the 2021 IAHCSMM in-person conference in Columbus, Ohio , IAHCSMM is waiving its current cancellation policy. Exhibitors have the option of one of the following. Note: All requests must be received no later than October 13, 2021. Requests received after that date will not be eligible for transfers or refunds.


  • Transfer funds paid toward the virtual conference (any balances left over may additionally be transferred to the 2022 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo or requested as a refund). To review virtual expo benefit levels, please visit our Virtual Expo Rate Chart.
  • Transfer full funds paid toward the 2022 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo
  • Request a refund in full for funds paid toward the 2021 Annual Conference & Expo

To complete your cancellation form, please visit Exhibitor Cancellations.