About ISSA

ISSA is committed to helping its members change the way the world views cleaning.

The International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA) is the leading trade association for the cleaning industry worldwide, ISSA is committed to helping its members change the way the world views cleaning. ISSA promotes the vision that cleaning is an investment in human health, the environment, and an improved bottom line. With more than 9,300 members that include distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, building service contractors, residential cleaners, in-house service providers, and associated service members. ISSA helps increase professionalism and member success by offering business tools, events, educational products, industry standards, publications, and legislative and regulatory services that specifically focus on the professional cleaning industry and the value it provides. The association is headquartered in Northbrook, IL, USA, with regional offices in Botany, Australia; Mainz, Germany; and Shanghai, China. Not a member? Join ISSA today!



“I realized there was a great deal I did not know about the business. I presumed that a conference of successful distributors, drawn from various metropolitan cities, would result in an exchange of ideas that would be beneficial to all.”

This was the basic vision of Alfred Richter, who founded the National Sanitary Supply Association in 1923.

Richter understood that the cleaning industry needed to unite as a community—not only for the betterment of its members but also for the health of the nation. Based on these ideals, the association grew from its few founding members to a worldwide organization, and in 1966, to reflect its growing international membership, the association changed its name to International Sanitary Supply Association. Then, in 2005, the association embraced cleaning service providers, prompting the association to change its name and tagline simply to: ISSA—The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association.

ISSA’s 94 years of experience can mean success for your future. ISSA has alliances with more than 75 local, regional, and national associations as well as industry, government, and other leading corporate and community entities around the world. These are in addition to its regional offices in Mainz, Germany; Whitby, Canada; Parramatta, Australia; Seoul, South Korea; and Shanghai, China.

Enrich your company and educate your employees by connecting with more than 9,200 distributors, wholesalers, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, building service contractors, in-house service providers, residential cleaning professionals, publishers, and associate members from around the world.

ISSA is committed to advancing the vision of its founder—making you the ultimate success.

ISSA Divisions

On Mission, Change the Way the World Views Cleaning.

Over the years, ISSA has assembled various divisions of the commercial and institutional cleaning community with one goal, to change the way the world views cleaning. These divisions are ingrained in not only the association but the annual ISSA Show North America. Explore the different divisions below to learn more about their involvement within the industry.


The Association of Residential Cleaning Services, International

ARCSI was established to assist residential cleaning service owners and professionals in starting, promoting, building and expanding their businesses. 


The Global Biorisk Advisory Council

Composed of international leaders in the field of microbial – pathogenic threat analysis, mitigation, response & recovery, The Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) provides training, guidance, certification, crisis management, assistance and leadership to government, commercial and private entities looking to mitigate, quickly address biological threats and real-time crises, and/or recover from such events.


International Executive Housekeepers Association

IEHA - a Division of ISSA -  is a 1,300-plus professional member organization for persons employed in facility housekeeping at the management level. 

ISSA Charities

Formerly the ISSA Foundation, ISSA Charities is the charitable arm of ISSA, The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association. Our mission is to make the world a cleaner, healthier, better place to live.

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