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Town Hall | Virtual

Event Title
Medical Device Sterilization Town Hall: Sterilization Open Q&A
June 12, 2024

June 12, 2024
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET


During this town hall, we will discuss questions the FDA received in the medical device sterilization mailbox, and we will host a question-and-answer session. 

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Sterilization is a critical step in the manufacturing process for certain medical devices. Sterilization of medical devices helps prevent serious infections. Inadequate sterilization can lead to life-threatening infections.

Medical devices are sterilized in a variety of ways including using moist heat (steam), dry heat, radiation, ethylene oxide (EtO) gas, vaporized hydrogen peroxide, and other sterilization methods (for example, chlorine dioxide gas, vaporized peracetic acid, and nitrogen dioxide).

Ethylene oxide is the most commonly used method to sterilize medical devices in the United States, and it is widely used by medical device manufacturers and contract sterilizers worldwide. Other existing sterilization modalities cannot currently replace the use of EtO for many devices. While some novel technologies hold promise, innovative alternative sterilization methods are still in early phases of research and development.

The FDA is committed to reducing reliance on EtO sterilization use while ensuring the integrity of the supply chain so that patients and providers have continued access to the sterile devices they need. To meet this goal, FDA continues to take a multipronged approach, including regulatory flexibilities, supply chain analysis and mitigation, collaboration, innovation, and communication, including this regular series of town halls. 

Learn more about sterilization of medical devices.

For a complete list of previous and future sterilization town hall event information, visit Medical Device Sterilization Town Hall Series.


Registration is not necessary.
Submit your questions in advance to MedicalDeviceSterilization@fda.hhs.gov by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2024.
Date: June 12, 2024
Time: 2:00-3:00 PM ET
Please dial in 15 minutes before the start of the call to allow time to connect.
Please click the link below to join the town hall: https://fda.zoomgov.com/j/1616274024?pwd=Qjh5OXdIWEFRM1hKZlREWlVtYVpFZz09
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Printable Slides

Following this town hall, the presentation, printable slides and transcript will be available on CDRH Learn under "Specialty Technical Topics," sub-section "Sterility.”

For comments or questions related to this town hall or this series, please email us at MedicalDeviceSterilization@fda.hhs.gov.

If you have questions about this town hall or this series, please contact CDRH's Division of Industry and Consumer Education (DICE) at dice@fda.hhs.gov, 1-800-638-2041, or 301-796-7100.

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