Global Medical Device Cleaning Market Size, Share, Trends, COVID-19 Impact & Growth Analysis Report - Segmented By Device, Technique, EPA Classification and Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa) - Industry Forecast (2024 to 2029)

Updated On: January, 2024
ID: 11445
Pages: 190

Global Medical Device Cleaning Market Size (2023 to 2028)

As per our analysis report, the global medical device cleaning market is estimated to be worth USD 3.35 billion by 2028 from USD 2.27 billion in 2023 and growing at a CAGR of 8.02% between 2023 to 2028. 

Medical device cleaning sterilizes the medical equipment used in surgeries and other treatments. These devices must be sterilized to prevent infections at wounds and incisions site and to protect patients from infections. Cleaning medical devices is an essential part of every surgical procedure. In healthcare operations, the devices should be thoroughly disinfected and cleaned before being used in subsequent surgeries, including endoscopes, scissors, retractors, scalpels, and forceps. 

Impact of COVID-19 on the global medical device cleaning market:

COVID-19 is expected to have a positive impact on the medical device cleaning market due to the unprotected environments in healthcare facilities where medical procedures are performed, surfaces must be adequately cleaned and disinfected since those environments are more susceptible to contamination with the COVID-19 virus, and preventing further transmission of the virus becomes must, especially in places where patients with COVID-19 are admitted. In addition, most healthcare units reported positive tests for COVID-19, creating a high risk for many medical professionals and patients, so the demand for cleaning products from leading manufacturers has increased during COVID-19.


The growing number of surgical procedures to augment the medical device cleaning market growth

The increased incidence of chronic diseases, growing number of cosmetic enhancements, and YOY growth in the number of accidents are accelerating the number of surgical procedures taking place worldwide. In addition, the increasing prevalence of Hospital-Acquired Infections (HAI) such as Surgical Site Infections (SSIs), Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs), and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) due to the high risk of infection from pathogens in operating rooms is leading to increase in demand for surgeries.

The growing aging population has increased the need for more medical devices, which is anticipated to boost the growth of the medical device cleaning market. In addition, factors such as rising expenditure on research and development, Increased funding from the federal government due to increased levels of personal disposable income, expansion of the healthcare sector driven by public and private players, and the introduction of technological products in hospitals are anticipated to fuel the growth rate of the medical device cleaning market.

The reduction in nosocomial infections due to the implementation of infection prevention and control measures, growing awareness of the benefits of cleaning devices among doctors and patients, and increasing introduction of modern surgical products like specialized cleaning solutions which break down specific proteins, fats, and carbohydrates are helping the market grow. To improve their goods and acquire a competitive edge, the key companies are also engaged in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), predicted to fuel the market's expansion. Maintaining personal hygiene is just as crucial as preserving the sterility and cleanliness of medical equipment. Therefore, the essentiality to utilize medical device cleaning supplies and tools to stop the spread of any bacterium, virus, or illness is essential. It may occasionally result in a life-threatening sickness if the sterility of medical equipment is disregarded during surgery. The market's growth rate is also fuelled by pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies' expertise in research and development for incorporating cutting-edge technology in healthcare facilities.


High costs for research and development skills, lack of a favorable reimbursement scenario, limited infrastructure, and concerns about the safety of reprocessed instruments are some of the significant restraints to the medical device cleaning market. Additionally, growing preference for single-use instruments, slow penetration of technology in developing economies, and the lack of adequate infrastructure in low-income and developing countries are also expected to hamper the growth of the medical device cleaning market.




Market Size Available

2022 to 2028

Base Year


Forecast Period

2023 to 2028

Segments Covered

By Device, Technique, EPA Classification, and Region

Various Analyses Covered

Global, Regional & Country Level Analysis, Segment-Level Analysis, Drivers, Restraints, Opportunities, Challenges; PESTLE Analysis, Porter's Five Forces Analysis, Competitive Landscape, Analyst Overview of Investment Opportunities

Regions Covered

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa


This research report on the global medical device cleaning market has been segmented and sub-segmented based on device, technique, EPA classification, and region.

Global Medical Device Cleaning Market – By Device:

  • Non-critical
  • Semi-critical
  • Critical

Based on device type, the semi-critical devices segment led the market in 2022. These devices are exposed to the mucous membrane, endoscopes, dental equipment, and other surgical instruments, which must be sterilized before use to avoid contamination. Other factors include reduced prices due to stiff competition, increased use of disposable devices, and strict regulatory guidelines from the CDC.

The critical devices segment is anticipated to showcase the highest CAGR among the other segments during the forecast period since most of them are single-use devices, which include devices that penetrate the tissues of the body and must be sterilized before packaging to prevent the spread of diseases.

Global Medical Device Cleaning Market – By Technique:

  • Cleaning
    • Detergents
    • Buffers
    • Chelators
    • Enzymes
    • Others
  • Disinfection
    • Chemical
      • Alcohol
      • Chlorine & Chorine Compounds
      • Aldehydes
      • Phenolics
    • Metal
    • Ultraviolet
    • Others
  • Sterilization
    • Heat Sterilization
    • Ethylene Dioxide (ETO) Sterilization
    • Radiation Sterilization

Based on the technique, the disinfection segment was the market leader in 2022 since it is essential for cleaning medical devices. In addition, due to the increase in airborne infections, there is a need to prevent further contamination in healthy people. The various disinfectants used to disinfect medical equipment include fungicides, virucides, and bactericides. They are further of different levels since different medical instruments require different disinfections depending on their use and application.

The sterilization segment is also expected to show lucrative growth in the market; sterilization includes the elimination of microorganisms on medical equipment, among which the mostly used in hospitals are Steam and EtO sterilization. However, there has been a need for heat sterilization alternatives due to the introduction of surgical devices made of materials other than stainless steel. Moreover, the trend for forming a central sterilization service department increases the demand for advanced sterilization equipment to optimize the time and money needed for the process, further increasing the demand for sterilizing processes.

Global Medical Device Cleaning Market – By EPA Classification:

  • High Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Low Level

Based on the EPA classification, the intermediate-level segment led the market accounting for the leading share of the market in 2022, since these disinfectants or chemical agents are tuberculocidal for killing pathogenic microbes. Quaternary alcohol blends, water-based phenolic, bleach, and hydrogen peroxide blends are some of the other most common types of intermediate-level disinfectants. Also, the increasing prevalence of HAIs contributes to the segment's growth.

The high-level segment is also expected to register a high growth rate during the forecast period owing to increased demand for dental equipment. These disinfectants are used to treat dental instruments and medical equipment to prevent microorganisms. Glutaraldehydes, peracetic acid products, and hydrogen peroxide are some of the most commonly used high-level disinfectants.

Global Medical Device Cleaning Market – By Region:

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Middle East and Africa

Geographically, the North American region is foreseen to dominate the medical device cleaning market during the forecast period due to a variety of factors, such as strict infection control laws under healthcare facilities, a steady number of strategic collaborations adopted by major market players, growing adoption of sterile practices, widespread use of sophisticated infection prevention technologies, rise in government help which leads to the increased participation of the players and expands their product portfolio and infection control capabilities leading to a well-established healthcare system in the region. Additionally, favorable reimbursement policies, demand for cost reduction related to hospital-acquired infections, stringent government regulations for disinfection and cleaning of medical equipment, and increasing use of non-disposable medical devices are further expected to drive the regional market.

The market in the Asia-Pacific region is anticipated to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period owing to rising disposable income and the spread of infectious diseases, leading to more awareness among the people regarding safety and increased demand for world-class healthcare facilities in this region. Also, due to rising disposable income, the presence of different governmental and voluntary organizations to strengthen infection control standards further fuel market growth.

Moreover, APSIC, or the Asia Pacific Society for Infection Control, has updated its disinfection and sterilization guidelines, which has led to a massive improvement in standards of sterilization and disinfection. This strategy was intended to emphasize practical advice concisely, improve patient safety, and minimize hospital costs.

Further, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa are expected to hold a substantial market share in the coming years since many countries, including developing countries, consistently try to advance their technologies in almost every field, including healthcare. Therefore, rising awareness among the residents, increasing demand for personalized medicine, and the growing population are some factors that might lead to the dominion in the medical device cleaning market.


Some of the notable players dominating the global medical device cleaning market analyzed in this report are STERIS plc, Advanced Sterilization Products, Getinge AB., 3M Company, Cantel Medical, Cardinal Health, Sotera Health, Tristel Solutions Ltd, Metrex Research, Ecolab, Medline Industries, Inc., Fortive Corporation, GAMA Healthcare Ltd, Oro Clean Chemie AG, and many others.


  • In October 2022, DeMarco co-founded an industrial designer RIF Robotics, to help relieve healthcare workers from focusing on clinical work, which seeks to use a combination of artificial intelligence and robotics. 
  • In October 2022, a global leader in advanced commercial-grade appliances in Canada, Miele Professional, launched a new solution for cleaning and disinfecting medical and surgical instruments, Miele PG 8582 and PG 8592 Washer-disinfector, which offer the reprocessing of medical instruments and devices for ENT, ophthalmology, plastic surgery, OB/GYN and many other applications.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What was the size of the global medical device cleaning market in 2021?

The global medical device cleaning market size was valued at USD 1.95 billion in 2021.

Which region led the medical device cleaning market in 2021?

The North American region accounted for the most significant share of the market in 2021.

Which segment by device accounted for the major share of the market in 2021?

Based on the devices, the semi-critical devices segment led the market with a leading share in 2021.

What are some of the promising companies in the medical device cleaning market?

STERIS plc, Advanced Sterilization Products, Getinge AB., 3M company, Cantel Medical, Cardinal Health, Sotera Health, Tristel Solutions Ltd, Metrex Research, Ecolab, Medline Industries, Inc., Fortive Corporation, GAMA Healthcare Ltd and Oro Clean Chemie AG are a few of the noteworthy players in the medical device cleaning market.

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