FDA Approves Chlorine Dioxide Gas for Medical Device Contract Sterilization

FDA Approves Chlorine Dioxide Gas for Medical Device Contract Sterilization

21 April 2021

Author: Fran Kritz

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the use of chlorine dioxide gas for contract sterilization of medical devices. Chlorine dioxide gas is an alternative to ethylene oxide sterilization, which presents several dangers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A key advantage of chlorine dioxide sterilization is the ability to sterilize devices containing embedded batteries such as handheld injection pumps, infusion equipment, surgical lights, pacemakers, and defibrillators. 

“Chlorine dioxide gas is a reasonable and effective way to sterilize surfaces and inanimate objects from microbiological contamination, says Emanuel Goldman, Ph.D., a professor of Microbiology, Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics.

“Medical Devices sterilized by gaseous chlorine dioxide already have attained EU approval, further expanding industry and regulatory acceptance.”

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