Sterilization is an integral part of medical packaging and can provide a strong barrier to the spread of bacteria or microorganisms. Sterile packaging is generally non-reusable and protects medical or pharmaceutical products from contamination, moisture, heat and damage caused by adverse environmental conditions during storage and transportation. This type of medical packaging is specially designed according to the highest packaging standards in the medical field, such as PSO9000 and I SO9000. Aseptic sterilization pouches is characterized by durability, tear resistance, long shelf life and superior microbial barriers. It is usually made of materials such as plastic (including PVC, HDPE, LDPE, etc.), glass, metal (such as aluminium foil), and cardboard. Due to the advantages of materials such as HDPE, such as high drug compatibility, enhanced moisture resistance and effective chemical resistance, the demand for plastic-based sterile medical packaging has increased significantly.
The growing adoption of aseptic medical packaging solutions in healthcare has contributed significantly to the growth of the global aseptic medical packaging market. The healthcare industry makes extensive use of disposable medical products and devices, including bandages, syringes, gloves, needles, blood containers, test kits, and face masks, which need to be enhanced sterility to avoid bacterial transmission and patient-to-patient infection. Rising prevalence of acute and chronic diseases, an increase in the number of surgical procedures performed worldwide and the growing need for advanced outpatient medical facilities are driving the demand for aseptic medical packaging. In addition, there is growing concern about the health and safety of patients, and government initiatives to mitigate the spread of infectious diseases are further fuelling the growth of the global market. The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has had a positive impact on the growth of the global sterile medical packaging market, with a significant increase in the need to improve the hygiene and sterility of medical packaging to prevent the spread of the SARS-COV-2 virus that causes fatal infections.
The growth of the global aseptic sterilization paper market is being challenged by regulatory authorities’ stringent regulations on the application of aseptic packaging for medical devices. These complex standards, such as ES ISO 11607, require packaged medical products to undergo several important processes, such as design testing and material selection, to assess their safety and sterility. These standards also ensure that product integrity is maintained throughout the storage, shipping and supply cycle. However, manufacturers often do not adhere to such packaging standards, often due to a lack of skills and resources. Therefore, such situations can seriously affect market growth.
Based on materials, the global sterile medical packaging market is divided into plastic, glass, metal, paper and cardboard, etc. In terms of revenue, the plastics segment is expected to dominate the global market. Due to their excellent mouldability and protection, the widespread use of various high-performance polymers including HDPE, LDPE, PVC and PET in vials and ampoules, pre-filled syringes, blood containers, bottles, sachets and bags to prevent microbial contamination and external damage is a key factor driving the growth of this segment of the market.
In terms of applications, the global sterile medical packaging market is segmented into surgical and medical devices, pharmaceutical and biological, and medical implants. In the coming years, pharmaceutical and biological applications will be the leading areas by revenue. The growing incidence of infectious diseases worldwide, such as the ongoing PANDEMIC OF C-19, increases in hospital admissions and increased drug shipments, has driven growth in this area.