Global Sterilization Services Market Size, Share, and COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Method (Ethylene Oxide (ETO) Sterilization, Gamma Sterilization, Steam Sterilization, Electron Beam, Radiation Sterilization, and Others), By Business Type (Contract Sterilization Services and Sterilization Validation Services), By End User (Medical Device Companies, Hospitals & Clinics, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Industry, and Others), By Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East, and Africa), Analysis and Forecast 2022 – 2032.

Industry: Healthcare


Global Sterilization Services Market Insights Forecasts to 2032

  • The Sterilization Services Market Size was valued at USD 3.78 Billion in 2022.
  • The Market is Growing at a CAGR of 6.2% from 2022 to 2032
  • The Global Sterilization Services Market Size is expected to reach USD 6.90 Billion By 2032
  • Asia-Pacific is expected to Grow significant during the forecast period

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The Global Sterilization Services Market Size is expected to reach USD 6.90 Billion By 2032, at a CAGR of 6.2% during the forecast period 2022 to 2032.


Market Overview

Sterilization services refer to essential healthcare procedures designed to eliminate or deactivate all forms of microbial life, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi, from medical equipment, instruments, and surfaces to ensure aseptic conditions and prevent infections. These services play a critical role in maintaining the safety and hygiene of healthcare facilities, laboratories, and various industries where contamination poses serious risks. Sterilization methods commonly employed include steam sterilization, chemical sterilant, radiation, and ethylene oxide gas. Properly sterilized equipment and tools are vital in safeguarding patients and medical professionals from potential infections, enhancing the quality of healthcare services, and adhering to strict regulatory standards in the healthcare and manufacturing sectors.

Report Coverage

This research report categorizes the market for sterilization services market based on various segments and regions and forecasts revenue growth and analyzes trends in each submarket. The report analyses the key growth drivers, opportunities, and challenges influencing the sterilization services market. Recent market developments and competitive strategies such as expansion, product launch, and development, partnership, merger, and acquisition have been included to draw the competitive landscape in the market. The report strategically identifies and profiles the key market players and analyses their core competencies in each sub-segments of the sterilization services market.


Global Sterilization Services Market Report Coverage

Report CoverageDetails
Base Year:2022
Market Size in 2022:USD 3.78 Billion
Forecast Period:2022-2032
Forecast Period 2022-2032 CAGR:6.2%
2032 Value Projection:USD 6.90 Billion
Historical Data for:2019-2021
No. of Pages:200
Tables, Charts & Figures:120
Segments covered:COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Method, By Business Type, By End User, By Region
Companies Covered: BeamOne, LLC, Noxilizer Inc., Medistri SA, Judd Medical Limited, E-BEAM Services Inc., Cantel Medical Corporation, Stryker Corporation (TSO3 Inc.), BGS Beta-Gamma-Service GmbH & Co. KG, B Braun Melsungen AG, Prince Sterilization Services, LLC, Sterigenics, LLC, and Other key venders
Pitfalls & Challenges:COVID-19 Empact,Challenges, Future, Growth, & Analysis

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Driving Factors

The sterilization services market is influenced by several key drivers, the increasing focus on infection control and patient safety in healthcare facilities is driving the demand for sterilization services. As healthcare-associated infections remain a significant concern, stringent regulations and guidelines promote the adoption of effective sterilization practices. Additionally, the growth of the healthcare industry, with a rising number of hospitals, clinics, and medical device manufacturers, fuels the demand for sterilization services. Technological advancements in sterilization techniques, such as low-temperature hydrogen peroxide and ozone sterilization, also play a pivotal role in market expansion. Moreover, the surging prevalence of chronic diseases and the need for surgical interventions drive the requirement for properly sterilized instruments. Overall, the globalization of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries propels the demand for sterile manufacturing processes and sterility testing services, contributing to the overall growth of the sterilization services market.


Restraining Factors

The sterilization services market faces several restraints that impact its growth. One significant restraint is the high initial cost associated with establishing sterilization facilities and acquiring advanced sterilization technologies. This can be a deterrent for small healthcare facilities and companies with limited budgets. Additionally, stringent regulatory requirements and compliance standards pose challenges, as non-compliance can lead to legal consequences and hinder market expansion. Concerns about the potentially harmful effects of certain sterilization methods on the environment and human health also raise scrutiny and may limit adoption. Furthermore, the availability of alternative sterilization techniques and the preference for in-house sterilization by some healthcare providers further impede the growth of the sterilization services market.


Market Segmentation

  • In 2022, the ethylene oxide (ETO) sterilization segment accounted for around 37.6% market share

On the basis of the method, the global sterilization services market is segmented into ethylene oxide (ETO) sterilization, gamma sterilization, steam sterilization, electron beam, radiation sterilization, and others. The ethylene oxide (ETO) sterilization segment has emerged as the dominant player in the sterilization services market for several compelling reasons. ETO sterilization is a highly effective method for achieving sterilization, particularly for medical devices and equipment that are sensitive to high temperatures or moisture. Its ability to penetrate complex shapes and materials makes it suitable for a wide range of medical products, including plastic, rubber, and electronic components. Moreover, ETO sterilization offers excellent compatibility with a variety of materials, ensuring that delicate instruments and devices can be safely sterilized without compromising their integrity. This versatility has made ETO sterilization a preferred choice in the medical industry, where the demand for disposable and single-use medical devices is on the rise. Furthermore, the regulatory approval and acceptance of ETO sterilization methods by various global health authorities have bolstered its widespread adoption. Compliance with strict industry standards and guidelines has contributed to the trust and confidence placed in ETO sterilization by healthcare professionals and manufacturers. Additionally, the growing prevalence of complex medical procedures and the increasing emphasis on infection control and patient safety have further driven the demand for ETO sterilization services. As healthcare facilities strive to prevent healthcare-associated infections and ensure the safety of patients, the need for reliable and effective sterilization methods becomes paramount.


  • In 2022, the contract sterilization services segment dominated with more than 63.2% market share

Based on the business type, the global sterilization services market is segmented into contract sterilization services and sterilization validation services. The contract sterilization services segment has emerged as the dominant force in the sterilization services market for several compelling reasons. Contract sterilization services involve outsourcing sterilization processes to specialized third-party providers, offering various industries the expertise and facilities to ensure effective sterilization of their products and equipment. One of the key drivers behind the dominance of this segment is the cost-effectiveness and efficiency it provides to businesses. Contract sterilization eliminates the need for companies to invest in expensive sterilization equipment and facilities, reducing their capital expenditure and operational costs. This allows companies to focus on their core competencies while leaving the sterilization process to experts in the field. Moreover, contract sterilization providers often have state-of-the-art facilities equipped with advanced technologies, ensuring high-quality and reliable sterilization services. They stay updated with the latest industry regulations and standards, providing compliance assurance to their clients. Additionally, the contract sterilization services segment caters to a wide range of industries beyond healthcare, such as pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, cosmetics, and electronics. These industries often require different sterilization methods, and contract sterilization companies offer specialized expertise to meet their diverse needs. Furthermore, as the demand for sterilization services grows globally, contract sterilization providers can scale their operations to accommodate the increasing requirements of their clients. This scalability ensures they can effectively handle large volumes of sterilization tasks and meet tight deadlines. Overall, the contract sterilization services segment's dominance is a result of its cost-effectiveness, efficiency, specialization across industries, compliance assurance, and ability to adapt to the evolving demands of the sterilization services market. As more businesses recognize the benefits of outsourcing sterilization processes, the contract sterilization services segment is expected to maintain its prominent position in the market.


Regional Segment Analysis of the Sterilization Services Market

  • North America (U.S., Canada, Mexico) 
  • Europe (Germany, France, U.K., Italy, Spain, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, India, Rest of APAC)
  • South America (Brazil and the Rest of South America) 
  • The Middle East and Africa (UAE, South Africa, Rest of MEA)


North America dominated the market with more than 42.5% revenue share in 2022.


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Based on region, North America has emerged as a dominant player in the sterilization services market, capturing the largest market share. The region boasts a well-established and advanced healthcare infrastructure, with numerous hospitals, clinics, and medical device manufacturers that require reliable and efficient sterilization services. Additionally, stringent regulatory standards and a strong focus on infection control drive the demand for high-quality sterilization services to ensure patient safety. North America also witnesses significant investments in research and development, fostering the adoption of innovative sterilization technologies. Moreover, the region's growing geriatric population and the prevalence of chronic diseases lead to increased surgical interventions, further escalating the demand for properly sterilized instruments. Overall, these favorable factors have propelled North America to hold the largest market share in the sterilization services industry.


Recent Developments

  • In October 2022, BD India collaborated with the Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT), a government organization, to sterilize one of its medical devices, Venflon Pro, using electron beam (e-beam) technology at the RRCAT facility in Indore. The facility sterilizes medical items using e-beam technology.


  • In May 2022, Sterigenics' electron beam facility in Columbia City, Indiana, has been extended. Sterigenics' Columbia City facility provides critical E-beam sterilization services to help ensure the safety of pharmaceutical and medical equipment used throughout the world's healthcare industry.


Competitive Analysis:

The report offers the appropriate analysis of the key organizations/companies involved within the global sterilization services market along with a comparative evaluation primarily based on their product offering, business overviews, geographic presence, enterprise strategies, segment market share, and SWOT analysis. The report also provides an elaborative analysis focusing on the current news and developments of the companies, which includes product development, innovations, joint ventures, partnerships, mergers & acquisitions, strategic alliances, and others. This allows for the evaluation of the overall competition within the market.


List of Companies:

  • BeamOne, LLC
  • Noxilizer Inc.
  • Medistri SA
  • Judd Medical Limited
  • E-BEAM Services Inc.
  • Cantel Medical Corporation
  • Stryker Corporation (TSO3 Inc.)
  • BGS Beta-Gamma-Service GmbH & Co. KG
  • B Braun Melsungen AG
  • Prince Sterilization Services, LLC
  • Sterigenics, LLC


Key Target Audience

  • Market Players
  • Investors
  • End-Users
  • Government Authorities 
  • Consulting and Research Firm
  • Venture Capitalists
  • Value-Added Resellers (VARs)


Market Segment

This study forecasts revenue at global, regional, and country levels from 2019 to 2032. Spherical Insights has segmented the global sterilization services market based on the below-mentioned segments:


Sterilization Services Market, By Method

  • Ethylene Oxide (ETO) Sterilization
  • Gamma Sterilization
  • Steam Sterilization
  • Electron Beam
  • Radiation Sterilization
  • Others


Sterilization Services Market, By Business Type

  • Contract Sterilization Services
  • Sterilization Validation Services


Sterilization Services Market, By End-User

  • Medical Device Companies
  • Hospitals & Clinics
  • Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Industry
  • Others


Sterilization Services Market, Regional Analysis

  • North America
    • US
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • South America
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • Rest of South America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • UAE
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Qatar
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

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