Sterilization Services Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The Sterilization Services market is segmented by Method (ETO Sterilization, Gamma Sterilization, Steam Sterilization, Electron Beam Radiation Sterilization, and Other Sterilization), Business Type (Contract Sterilization Services and Sterilization Validation Services), End-User (Medical Device Companies, Hospitals and Clinics, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Industry, and Other End Users), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and South America). The report offers the value (in USD million) for the above segments.

Sterilization Services Industry Overview

Sterilization Services Market
Study Period: 2018 - 2028
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 6 %

Major Players


*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Sterilization Services Market Analysis

The sterilization services market is expected to register a CAGR of 6.0% over the forecast period.

Sterilization was a key tool that was accessible to stop the spread of COVID-19 and directly combat SARS-CoV-2. According to the article titled ''The role of disinfectants and sanitizers during COVID-19 pandemic: advantages and deleterious effects on humans and the environment" published in Nature Public Health Emergency Collection in May 2021, in order to avoid the future spread of the virus and to give people protection against exposure to it, it was crucial to implement efficient disinfection procedures after the lockdown was lifted and on-site activity resumed. Thus sterilization services were widely used by hospitals, industries, and pharmaceutical companies to reduce infection chances.

In addition, the increased hospital-acquired infections, technological advancements in the use of sterilization agents and equipment in industrial facilities, and growing awareness regarding cleanliness across all facilities are actively affecting the growth of the studied market.

According to World Health Organization March 2022 Member States Information Session on Infection Prevention and Control, health care-associated infections (HAIs), many of which are entirely preventable, harm hundreds of millions of people every year worldwide. Even the most advanced or sophisticated nation or healthcare system cannot guarantee that HAIs are absent. Thus the surge in hospital acquired infection is expected to boost the demand of sterilization services.

The increased adoption of sterilization services by every sector due to COVID-19 infectection boosted the market growth. For instance, in April 2020 STERIS plc announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for respirator decontamination. By deploying specific STERIS V-PRO Low-Temperature Sterilization Systems, the EUA allowed healthcare practitioners to cleanse N95 Respirators on-site. Such initiatives are anticipated to promote the demand for sterilization services.

Therefore, owing to the aforementioned factors the studied market is anticipated to witness growth over the analysis period. However, the harmful effects of certain chemical agents and the lack of availability of correct manuals to perform sterilization activities are likely to impede market growth.

Sterilization Services Industry Segments

As per the scope of the report, sterilization is a process that destroys or eliminates all forms of microbial life and is carried out in healthcare facilities by physical or chemical methods. Sterilization services are essential for ensuring that medical and surgical instruments do not transmit infectious pathogens to patients. The Sterilization Services market is segmented by Method (ETO Sterilization, Gamma Sterilization, Steam Sterilization, Electron Beam Radiation Sterilization, and Other Sterilization), Business Type (Contract Sterilization Services and Sterilization Validation Services), End-User (Medical Device Companies, Hospitals and Clinics, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Industry, and Other End Users), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and South America). The market report also covers the estimated market sizes and trends for 17 countries across major global regions. The report offers the value (in USD million) for the above segments.

By Method
Ethylene Oxide (ETO) Sterilization
Gamma Sterilization
Steam Sterilization
Electron Beam Radiation Sterilization
Gamma Sterilization
By Business Type
Contract Sterilization Services
Sterilization Validation Services
By End User
Medical Device Companies
Hospitals and Clinics
Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Industry
Other End Users
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Middle-East and Africa
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa
South America
Rest of South America

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Sterilization Services Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Sterilization Services Market according to our research experts:

Hospitals and Clinics are expected to witness growth over the forecast period

Sterilization is crucial in hospitals and clinics as patients and staff can acquire infections if cleanliness is not maintained. The demand for a healthy lifestyle and awareness by societies drives the need for sterilization facilities. Moreover, with a high number of surgical procedures, the use of sterilization has increased rapidly. Therefore, by end-users, the hospitals and clinics are expected to hold a significant share over the forecast period. For instance, according to a research article titled "Trends in US Surgical Procedures and Health Care System Response to Policies Curtailing Elective Surgical Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic" published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in December 2021, a total of 13,108,567 surgical procedures were performed from January 2019 to January 2021 which included 6,651,921 procedures in 2019 and 5,973,573 procedures in 2020. The surgical procedures are associated with sterilization of surgical tools, hospital rooms, and the environment, hence the surge in surgical procedures is expected to augment the segment's growth.

With the increasing number of multispeciality hospitals and clinics across various countries, the demand for sterilization is expected to increase. For instance, according to Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development 2021 report, the hospitals in Mexico was 4,909 in 2020 and 4,995 in 2021, in United Kingdom there was 1,921 hospitals in 2020, In colombia, 10,635 hospitals in 2019 and 10,899 in 2020. The high number of hospitals worldwide employs the high use of sterilization and is expected to augment the segment's growth over the forecast period.

The rising product launches and technological advancements in sterilization services for hospitals and clinics are anticipated to fuel the segment's growth over the forecast period. For instance, in October 2020, Getinge launched Solsus 66, an intuitive and easy-to-use steam sterilizer. Hospitals seeking a balance between capacity and cost-efficiency in the Central Sterile Supply Department are expected to find an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient sterilizer to meet their needs. Such Launches are anticipated to boost the segment's growth.

Therefore, there is a growth in the hospitals and clinics segment of the studied market


North America is Expected to Dominate the Sterilization Services Market

North America is expected to dominate the market owing to factors such as the rising hospital-acquired infections, high patient admission rates, technological advancements in healthcare facilities, strong presence of industry players in the region, increased funding from the government, awareness among people and healthcare industry stakeholders about available technologies, and the high concentration of market players in the United States.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2021 report, on any given day, in the United States, around one in 31 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection. To reduce healthcare-associated infections from spreading, there is an emerging demand for sterilization services in the United States which is expected to boost the market growth.

The rise in chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, requires an extended hospital stay. Hence, there is an increase in the number of cases of hospital-acquired infection in the country.​​ According to 2020 data by the American Health Association, there were approximately 36.2 million hospital admissions in 2019. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2021, about a 24% increase in central line bloodstream infection (CLABSI) and a 35% increase in Ventilator-Associated Event (VAE) between 2019-2020. Thus, increasing prevalence rate of hospital-acquired infection in the United States boosts the market growth in the region.

Sterilisation Services Market - Growth Rate by Region

Sterilization Services Market Competitor Analysis

The sterilization services market is fragmented due to the presence of many companies operating globally and regionally. The competitive landscape includes an analysis of a few international and local companies that hold market shares and are well known. Some of the major players in the market are Johnson & Johnson, Steris Corporation, Stryker Corporation, Medistri, and Cantel Medical, among others.

Sterilization Services Market Top Players

  1. Steris Corporation

  2. Stryker Corporation

  3. Medistri

  4. Cantel Medical

  5. B. Braun Medical Ltd

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


Sterilization Services Market Recent Developments

  • In May 2022, Sterigenics announced the beginning of processing at its expanded electron beam facility located in Columbia City, Indiana. The Sterigenics Columbia City plant offers crucial E-beam sterilization services to assist safeguard the security of pharmaceutical and medical devices utilized throughout the world's healthcare sector.
  • In March 2022, Datasea Inc., launched the Ultrasonic Sound Sterilization and Antivirus Equipment aimed at various application scenarios and the company intends to enter the United States market with acoustic intelligence goods.

Sterilization Services Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Increased Hospital Acquired Infections

      2. 4.2.2 Technological Advancements in Use of Sterilization Agents and Equipment in Industrial Facilities

      3. 4.2.3 Growing Awareness Regarding Cleanliness Across All Facilities

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 Harmful Effects of Certain Chemical Agents

      2. 4.3.2 Lack of Availability of Correct Manuals to Perform Sterilization Activities

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size by Value – USD million)

    1. 5.1 By Method

      1. 5.1.1 Ethylene Oxide (ETO) Sterilization

      2. 5.1.2 Gamma Sterilization

      3. 5.1.3 Steam Sterilization

      4. 5.1.4 Electron Beam Radiation Sterilization

      5. 5.1.5 Gamma Sterilization

    2. 5.2 By Business Type

      1. 5.2.1 Contract Sterilization Services

      2. 5.2.2 Sterilization Validation Services

    3. 5.3 By End User

      1. 5.3.1 Medical Device Companies

      2. 5.3.2 Hospitals and Clinics

      3. 5.3.3 Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Industry

      4. 5.3.4 Other End Users

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. France

        2. Germany

        3. United Kingdom

        4. Italy

        5. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. South Korea

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 Middle-East and Africa

        1. GCC

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa

      5. 5.4.5 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 B. Braun Medical Ltd

      2. 6.1.2 BGS Beta-Gamma-Service GmbH & Co. KG

      3. 6.1.3 Cantel Medical

      4. 6.1.4 E-BEAM Services, Inc

      5. 6.1.5 Judd Medical Limited

      6. 6.1.6 Medistri

      7. 6.1.7 Noxilizer

      8. 6.1.8 Steris Corporation

      9. 6.1.9 Stryker Corporation

    2. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability
**Competitive Landscape covers- Business Overview, Financials, Products and Strategies and Recent Developments
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Sterilization Services Market Research FAQs

The Global Sterilization Services Market is studied from 2018 - 2028.

The Global Sterilization Services Market is growing at a CAGR of 6% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2018 - 2028.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

Steris Corporation, Stryker Corporation, Medistri, Cantel Medical, B. Braun Medical Ltd are the major companies operating in Global Sterilization Services Market.

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