Steam or Dry Heat Sterilization? A Question of Efficiency

January 18, 2018
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time


Steam autoclaving is often used to sterilize products in the pharmaceutical industry; however, many products that require sterilization cannot withstand the high temperatures and moisture conditions of steam autoclaving. Therefore, alternative sterilization processes, such as dry heat, vaporized hydrogen peroxide, and ethylene oxide gas, are frequently used.

This presentation will explore the advantages and disadvantages of two of the most common sterilization processes, steam autoclaving and dry heat. It will also examine how each sterilization process works and which application it suits best. Finally, it will compare key selection elements, such as productivity and total cost of ownership.

After viewing this presentation, attendees will:

  • Learn about basic principles of sterilization for components used in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Understand the differences between steam and dry heat sterilization processes.
  • Be able to explain the advantages and disadvantages of both sterilization processes and how to complete the processes.
  • Identify the sterilization method that will be the most efficient for a given application.


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Professional Development Hours and Continuing Education Credits

Webinar attendees and those who view the recording can earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for professional engineers or one Learning Unit (LU) from the American Institute of Architects for registered architects.

Contact I2SL after the webinar if you would like to receive a credit for your participation.

Instructor Biography

Marcel Dion is the director of marketing for Washing and Steam Sterilization Systems in the Life Sciences Division of STERIS Corporation. For the past 16 years, he has been responsible for developing innovative, efficient cleaning systems for critical drug manufacturing parts. He is also responsible for STERIS steam sterilization product lines that are used in both research and pharmaceutical applications.


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