A Comparison of Gamma, E-beam, X-ray and Ethylene Oxide Technologies for the Industrial Sterilization of Medical Devices and Healthcare Products

The White Paper is being jointly published by GIPA and iia. The purpose of this white paper is to discuss the role and importance of major industrial sterilization methods to the global healthcare industry. The paper discusses radiation-based (gamma, electron beam, x-ray) and gas-based (Ethylene Oxide) sterilization processes and the regulations, controls and best practices associated with their safe and secure operations. By providing a holistic view of the sterilization marketplace, this paper provides a detailed review and comparison of the various technologies in the provision of safe, fit-for-purpose, sterile medical devices and healthcare products to patients in the US and worldwide. This document is provided for informational purposes only and is believed to be accurate as of the date of its publication, and is subject to change without notice.

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