Sterilization Services Market

Market Study on Sterilization Services: Rising Adoption of Contract-based Services being Witnessed

Sterilization Services Market Segmented By Offsite Sterilization Services, World Sterilization Equipment, Sterilization Technologies, Medical Device Contract Sterilization Services, Irradiation and sterilization services

  • December-2021
  • PMRREP20770
  • 197 Pages
  • Healthcare

Sterilization Services Market Snapshot

The global sterilization services market was valued at US$ 2.9 Bn in 2020, and is expected to register a CAGR of 7.2% during the forecast period (2021-2031). As per Persistence Market Research’s projections, contract sterilization services hold a substantial share, by service, with over 69% market share.

The global market for sterilization services held approximately 28.6% share of the overall sterilization market that accounted for nearly US$ 10.5 Bn in 2020.

Sterilization Services Market Size (2020)

US$ 2.9 Bn

Projected Market Value (2031)

US$ 6.3 Bn

Global Market Growth Rate (2021-2031)

7.2% CAGR

Market Share of Top 5 Countries


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  • Steris PLC
  • Cantel Medical Corporation
  • Stryker Corporation
  • Amcor
  • Centurion Medical Products (Medline)
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • E - Beam Services, Inc.
  • Cretex Companies
  • COSMED Group
  • Medistri SA
  • B. Braun Melsungen
  • Life Science Outsourcing, Inc.

Demand Analysis of Sterilization Services from 2016 to 2020 Vs Market Outlook for 2021 to 2031

There has been increasing demand for disinfection and sterilization of medical instruments and devices in order to avoid and reduce the probability of transmission of microorganisms through surgical devices. Many medical devices and equipment manufacturers, post designing and manufacturing, sterilize the equipment using sterilization technologies such as gamma, steam, X-rays, ethylene oxide (EO), etc.

With increase in usage of single-use disposable devices, there has been rise in the adoption of sterilization practices during the manufacturing of medical devices. Many healthcare regulatory bodies are concerned over reducing healthcare costs by speeding up device and drug approval processes. Faster approvals will also boost demand for new sterility testing methods, which will compel innovative market players to spend more on advanced sterilization solutions.

Recent developments in sterilization technologies focus on low temperature sterilization systems. Further, commercially available low-temperature sterilization systems have been enhanced as they include shorter cycles, improved materials compatibility, expanded instrument capability, environmental friendliness, and reduced costs, and as a result, more new technologies are moving towards commercialization.

Contract sterilization has seen most of the demand required by various healthcare institutions. It has been, so far, the largest revenue generating service segment in the global sterilization services market.

The global sterilization services industry is expected to register a CAGR of 7.2% over the forecast period (2021-2031).


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What are the Key Opportunities on Offer for Sterilization Service Providers?

There has been a shift of investments in research & development and technology, especially in medical devices and biopharmaceutical drugs, from North America and Europe to the Asia Pacific region.

Developing economies such as India have ample of skilled labour and qualified manpower at affordable costs, thereby increasing the scope for outsourcing of sterilization practices.

In addition, governments in these regions have started taking initiatives to support growth of the domestic healthcare industry by offering tax exemptions for R&D, increased budgets & funding, creating public & private conglomerates, and attracting foreign direct investments in providing services.

Major sterilization service providers are employing synergistic approaches for the distribution and manufacturing of products through various market consolidation activities. These synergies between companies are expected to help secure the future growth of partner companies and maintain their market share.

Besides, key acquisitions will bolster the research growth and development of new technologies to implement in sterilization services.

For Instance:

  • In August 2021, Amcor announced the launch of a proprietary healthcare lidding technology that will be utilized for combination products – those consisting of two or more regulated components (devices, drugs, or biologics).
  • In April 2019, Johnson & Johnson announced that it completed the divestiture of its Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) business, a division of Ethicon, Inc., to Fortive Corporation, for an aggregate value of approximately US$ 2.8 Bn.
  • In 2018, Cantel expanded its life sciences portfolio through the acquisition of Stericycle's Controlled Environmental Solutions business.

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What are the Factors Restraining Demand for Sterilization Services?

Cleaning/disinfection using traditional methods and procedures continue to be a practice in some healthcare facilities, especially in MEA and Asian countries.

A contributing factor to inadequate environmental surface disinfection is that the contact time specified on the disinfectant product label is often too long for practical application. Such practices reduce the growth and adoption of sterilization services and practices in these regions, and is therefore the primary factor restricting market growth.

There arises complicacy for regulatory approval when many healthcare service provider companies market their services, globally. Each country may have their own regulatory agencies and processes, while many follow the regulations of major countries, such as the US FDA, with their own approval timelines. In such circumstances, one supplier cannot introduce a new or improved product or service until all approvals are received.

Cost of distributing services in a fragmented manner is evidently large enough that a service provider will wait for years to receive all regulatory approvals. Such a scenario hinder growth of the market for sterilization services.

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Country-wise Insights

What Makes the U.S. the Largest Market for Sterilization Services?

In 2021, the U.S. dominated the North American market with over 90% share. This was due to increasing hospital admissions and outpatient visits, the need for sterilisation devices and services to reduce the spread of HAIs, and the implementation of favourable government initiatives and stringent sterilization regulations.

Why is Germany a More Lucrative Market for Sterilization Services in Europe?

Germany dominates the European market for sterilization services with 34.2% market share, owing to growth in the adoption of sterilization products and contract sterilization services in the region.

How Will Market Players Target the Emerging Market of China for Sterilization Services?

Sterilization services in China is expected to increase at a CAGR of nearly 10% over the forecast period. China is an emerging market for sterilization services due to increased healthcare reforms and technological advancements in medical device manufacturing, which has further contributed to the growth of its R&D sector.

Furthermore, rise in funding from both, public and private sectors, to promote awareness about sterilization practices, as well as the presence of a large population base, contribute to market growth of sterilization services in the country.

Category-wise Insights

Why are Contract Sterilization Services Driving Market Growth?

By service, contract sterilization services hold a high share of 69.6%, and the segment is set to expand at 7.9% CAGR through 2031 owing to reduced cost and resource burden, while focusing on core sterilization activities.

Which Technique Accounts for the Highest Sterilization Services Market Share?

By technique, ethylene oxide sterilization holds well over 41% market share, and is expected to continue growing due to the wide range of applications in the life sciences industry, including medical device sterilization, pharmaceutical sterilization, and food testing.

Impact of COVID-19

The outbreak of COVID-19 positively impacted demand for sterilization services across the world. There is greater emphasis on personal hygiene and the manufacturing of medical nonwovens and single-use goods such as face masks and gloves. Over the coming years, this is projected to fuel expansion of the sterilization services industry.

The process of equipment sterilization is crucial in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in hospital settings. Pathogen transfer from patient to patient via medical equipment can be fully avoided if medical equipment is adequately sterilized.

Improper decontamination of instruments and devices such as respiratory care devices, reusable hemodialysis machines, endoscopic devices, and surgical instruments may increase the risk of COVID-19 infection. As such, use of reprocessed equipment and the need to sterilize or sanitize medical devices is higher than average during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Competitive Landscape

Top sterilization service providers have been employing product innovation and acquisitions to meet changing client expectations, as well as focusing on regional expansion to spread their services globally.

For instance:

  • In August 2019, TSO3 Inc., an innovator in sterilization technology for medical devices in healthcare settings, announced that it entered into a definitive arrangement agreement, pursuant to which Québec Inc., a subsidiary of Stryker Corporation, will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of the company for $0.43 in cash per share.
  • In August 2018, Cantel Medical Corporation acquired Controlled Environmental Solutions (CES), a leading provider of testing and certification, environmental monitoring, and decontamination services.
  • In 2018, Steris announced the expansion of its Ontario, California facility to include X-ray processing.

Similarly, recent developments related to sterilization service suppliers have been tracked by the team at Persistence Market Research, which are available in the full report.

Sterilization Services Industry Report Scope



Forecast Period


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Market Analysis

US$ Mn for Value

Key Regions Covered

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia
  • Oceania
  • Middle East & Africa

Key Countries Covered

  • U.S.
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Argentina
  • Germany
  • U.K.
  • Germany
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Russia
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • China
  • Japan
  • Indonesia
  • India
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Malaysia
  • Thailand
  • Brazil

Key Market Segments Covered

  • Service
  • Technique
  • End User
  • Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • Steris PLC
  • Cantel Medical Corporation
  • Stryker Corporation
  • Amcor
  • Centurion Medical Products (Medline)
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • E - Beam Services, Inc.
  • Cretex Companies
  • COSMED Group
  • Medistri SA
  • B. Braun Melsungen
  • Life Science Outsourcing, Inc.


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Key Market Segments Covered in Sterilization Services Industry Research

Sterilization Services Market by Service

  • Contract Sterilization Services
  • Validation Sterilization Services

Sterilization Services Market by Technique

  • Steam Sterilization
  • Gamma Irradiation
  • Electron Beam Irradiation
  • X-ray Irradiation
  • Ethylene Oxide Sterilization
  • Ion Beam Treatment
  • Plasma Sterilization

Sterilization Services Market by End User

  • Sterilization Services at Hospitals
  • Sterilization Services at Ambulatory Surgical Centres
  • Sterilization Services at Medical Device Companies
  • Sterilization Services at Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Sterilization Services at Diagnostic Laboratories
  • Others

Sterilization Services Market by Region

  • North America Sterilization Services Market
  • Latin America Sterilization Services Market
  • Europe Sterilization Services Market
  • East Asia Sterilization Services Market
  • South Asia Sterilization Services Market
  • Oceania Sterilization Services Market
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA) Sterilization Services Market

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- FAQs -

The global sterilization services market is worth US$ 3.2 Bn at present.

Sales of sterilization services are expected to reach US$ 6.3 Bn by 2031.

From 2016-2020, demand for sterilization services expanded at 5.3% CAGR.

Mandates regarding routine contract sterilization services is an ongoing trend in the industry.

The U.S., Germany, India, France, and Japan are expected to drive most of the demand for sterilization services and equipment.

The U.S. is expected to account for more than 90% of the North American market share.

Demand for sterilization services in Europe is expected to register 7.1% CAGR over the forecast period.

The South Korea market is expected to exhibit healthy growth at 8.9% CAGR, with Japan at 7.6% CAGR.

The market for sterilization services in China is expected to register 10.1% CAGR through 2031.


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