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Sterility Indicators Market Size - By Type (Chemical, Biological), By Technique (Low-Temperature Sterilization, Filtration Sterilization, Radiation Sterilization, Liquid Sterilization, Heat Sterilization), End-use & Forecast, 2022 - 2030

  • Report ID: GMI3803
  • Published Date: Sep 2022
  • Report Format: PDF

Sterility Indicators Market Size

Sterility Indicators Market size surpassed USD 790 million in 2021 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 9% through 2030. Product ability to minimize the infection risk amidst the rising cases of hospital acquired infections will push industry growth.

Sterility Indicators Market

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The growing awareness about the benefits of sterilization will boost the market expansion. Many pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies are heavily investing in research & development activities which is impelling the demand for various sterilization processes. Sterility indicators minimize the risk of infection, thus reducing the cost as well as time for projects in these industries and hospitals. This factor, along with the increasing number of local manufacturers offering affordable options for sterility indicators is stimulating the industry outlook.

Sterility Indicators Market Trends

The rising prevalence of hospital acquired infections is predicted to drive up demand for sterility indicators. Citing an instance, each year, at least one in every 25 patients in the U.S. hospitals is diagnosed with some type of HAI, according to the CDC. Improved cognizance about the ability of sterility indicators to avert infections in hospitals is elevating the industry share. To that end, biological indicators (BI) are important for sterilization quality control in hospitals as they precisely detect if the sterilization conditions are optimum to kill the most resistant bacteria.

Increasing risk apprehension related to ethylene oxide sterilization will propel the sterility indicators market trends

Increasing awareness about the risks associated with the use of ethylene oxide may hamper the market share. Notably, exposure to ethylene oxide exposure has harmful effects on the human health. It can cause irritation of the skin, nose, throat, eyes, and lungs. Acute exposure is known to lead to headache, vomiting, nausea, respiratory irritation and lung injury, diarrhea, shortness of breath, and cyanosis. While long term exposure to ethylene oxide is related to the occurrence of reproductive issues, cancer, mutagenic changes, and neurotoxicity. These health-related risks associated with the use ethylene oxide for sterilization may limit the market growth.

Sterility Indicators Market Analysis

Global Sterility Indicators Market, By Type

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The report classifies global sterility indicators market into chemical and biological indicators. The biological category registered over 58% business share in 2021. Biological indicators indicate whether the criteria for any sterilization process to eliminate a specific number of germs is satisfied or not. When compared to chemical indicators, BIs produce more accurate readings and are regarded as the industry's gold standard for determining sterilization accuracy. Furthermore, BIs in the form of spore ampoules are used more commonly because they contain extremely resistant spores inside a container and may be used in a range of techniques such as liquid sterilization, steam sterilization, and radiation sterilization, which is expected to spur the market for biological indicators.

Global Sterility Indicators Market, By Technique

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Based on technique, the industry is categorized into filtration sterilization, low-temperature sterilization, radiation sterilization, liquid sterilization, and heat sterilization. The liquid sterilization segment is projected to expand at over 8.5% CAGR during the analysis period. When compared to other disinfection processes, liquid sterilization is the most preferred technique. The technique can kill both resistant bacteria (spores) and fungus. It ensures a higher level of germ elimination for heat-sensitive medical devices. It is also ideal for sanitizing the outer surface of things. With growing concern about sanitization in the aftermath of the pandemic, the liquid sterilization technology is in high demand, which will boost the overall market size.

In terms of end-use, worldwide sterility indicators market is divided into research centers, medical device companies, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and others. The pharmaceutical companies segment held more than 24% revenue share in 2021, owing to increasing usage of sterility indicators to conduct sterility testing as part of quality assurance during product manufacture. Chemical and biological indicators allow testing for a variety of applications in pharmaceutical companies. They employ BIs, for example, in process challenge devices (PCD) for conventional autoclave sterilization testing and the passing result showcase effective sterilization cycle. The level of assurance offered by sterility devices to Sterile Processing Department is fostering the product demand in pharmaceutical companies.

Sterility Indicators Market Size, By Region

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Europe sterility indicators market is expected to grow at over 8.5% CAGR during the research period. This is owing to growing awareness regarding sterilization across the region, surge in number of healthcare facilities, and increasing medical spending power of populace. The existence of various market participants who are focused on developing new effective solutions to improve sterilization control in hospitals and pharmaceutical companies will augment the regional market outlook. 

Sterility Indicators Market Share

  • Mesa Laboratories
  • 3M
  • Getinge Group
  • Matachana Group
  • H.W. Andersen Products Ltd
  • PMS
  • gke-GmbH
  • STERIS plc Inc
  • Liofilchem S.r.l
  • Propper Manufacturing CO Inc
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific

are the market leaders in sterility indicators.

Leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology businesses are striving hard to introduce sophisticated and low-cost indicators in emerging markets like as Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa. Companies are continually leveraging new technology and offering better healthcare services through government approved product launches.

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic had a positive impact on the sterility indicators business owing to increased use of sterilizing procedures to avoid viral transmission. Rising cases of coronavirus underlined the necessity of cleanliness and sterilization in hospitals, dental clinics, and other healthcare facilities. For example, Steris plc claimed that the COVID-19 outbreak increased demand for Applied Sterilization Technologies for personal protective equipment.

The sterility indicators market report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD million from 2018 to 2030 for the following segments:

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By Type:

  • Chemical
  • Biological

By Technique:

  • Heat Sterilization
  • Low-Temperature Sterilization
  • Filtration Sterilization
  • Radiation Sterilization
  • Liquid Sterilization

By End-users

  • Research Center
  • Medical Device Companies
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Hospitals
  • Others

The above information is provided on a regional and country basis for the following:

North America

  • Canada
  • U.S.


  • Spain
  • France
  • Italy
  • UK
  • Germany

Asia Pacific

  • China
  • Japan
  • India
  • Australia

Latin America

  • Brazil
  • Mexico


  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Africa
  • UAE
Authors: Mariam Faizullabhoy, Gauri Wani

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Sterility indicators market was valued over 790 million in the year 2021 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of more than 9% through 2030.
The biological indicators segment accounted for over 58% market in 2021, owing to their ability to detect sufficient criteria for effective elimination of bacteria during sterilization process.
The North America market was valued over USD 267 million in 2021 and is anticipated to record a strong CAGR through 2030, on account of rising geriatric population who are more prone to chronic ailments.
Mesa Laboratories, 3M, Getinge Group, Matachana Group, H.W.Andersen Products Ltd., PMS, gke-GmbH, STERIS plc, Propper Manufacturing CO., Inc., Liofilchem S.r.l. and hermo Fisher Scientific are all the prominent market players.

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  • Base Year: 2021
  • Companies covered: 12
  • Tables & Figures: 291
  • Countries covered: 16
  • Pages: 202
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