Information about hydrogen peroxide sterilization

Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) sterilization processes are so-called plasma sterilization processes. However, the generated plasma is only used for warm-up at the beginning of the process and at the end for elimination of the remaining hydrogen peroxide and is not used for the sterilization itself. This process is a low-temperature sterilization process which is alternatively used to ethylene oxide, formaldehyde and radiation sterilization processes.

Even this application is already used for more than 10 years no standard for validation, routine monitoring and chemical or biological indicators is available.

The advantage of this process is the short sterilization time and easy disposal of the sterilizing agent hydrogen peroxide at the end of the process. The disadvantage is the limitation of the penetration characteristics of hollow devices and that this process is less suitable to sterilize long plastic tubes.

gke offers biological indicator strips, self-contained biological indicators and chemical indicators for validation and routine monitoring that can be used in appropriate process challenge devices (PCD).