Medical Device Cleaning Market

Medical Device Cleaning Market by Process (Precleaning, Automatic, Manual Cleaning, Disinfection), Type (Non-Enzymatic, Enzymatic), Application (Surgical, Endoscope, Ultrasound, Dental Instruments) & End user (Hospitals, Clinics) - Global Forecast to 2027

Report Code: MD 5326 Jun, 2022, by

[200 Pages Report] The global medical device cleaning market is projected to reach USD 2.9 billion by 2027 from USD 2.3 billion in 2022, at a CAGR of 5.2% during the forecast period. The growth in this market is driven by growing number of surgical procedures performed worldwide and the high-level incidence of hospital-acquired infections and the increasing in the aging population. However, concerns regarding the safety of reprocessed instruments are expected to restrain the growth of this market during the forecast period.

Medical Device Cleaning Market

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Market Dynamics Medical device cleaning Market

Drivers:Growing prevalence of hospital-acquired infections

Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), also known as nosocomial infections, are a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. HAIs include central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs), catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and ventilator-associated pneumonia. The most common bacteria associated with HAIs include C. difficile, MRSA, Klebsiella, E. coli, Enterococcus, and the Pseudomonas species. Using infected medical devices during diagnostic and therapeutic procedures is a major cause of HAIs. Some key statistics related to HAIs are listed below:

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 687,000 HAIs were reported in acute care hospitals in the US in 2021. About 72,000 hospital patients with HAIs died during hospitalization.
  • The CDC estimated that HAIs affected about 4.2% of hospitalized patients in the US in 2020.
  • According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), nearly 3.5 million patients develop HAIs in Europe annually.
  • The WHO estimates that of every 100 hospitalized patients at any given time, 7 patients in developed countries and 10 patients in developing countries acquire at least one healthcare-associated or hospital-acquired infection.

The implementation of infection control policies within healthcare facilities can help reduce deaths due to HAIs. Practices such as using ultraviolet environmental disinfection (UVD) systems after routine discharge and cleaning of hospital instruments such as catheters, surgical instruments, and injections help decrease the rate of HAIs caused by multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) or Clostridium difficile (CD).

Increasing number of surgical procedures

Over the years, there has been a significant rise in the number of surgical procedures performed across the globe. This has resulted in an increase in the demand for different surgical equipment and medical devices during surgical procedures. According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), the total number of surgical procedures performed globally increased by 4% in 2017 as compared to the previous year. Additionally, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) 2020 datasheet, the annual incidence of spinal cord injuries (SCIs) is approximately 57 cases per million population in the US or approximately 17,000 new SCI cases each year. The number of cardiovascular and orthopedic surgeries are also growing due to the rising prevalence of obesity. The large volume of surgeries performed globally has resulted in an increase in the demand for different surgical equipment and medical devices during surgical procedures. This further propels the demand for medical device cleaning products due to the proven benefits of sterilized products and growing awareness about their effectiveness in infection control health settings.

Restraints: Concerns regarding the safety of reprocessed instruments

Healthcare providers reprocess medical devices in an effort to save money and reduce waste. However, there are concerns about the safety and performance of reprocessed devices. Inadequate cleaning of instruments can result in the retention of blood, tissue, and other biological debris in reusable devices, which increases the risk of surgical-site infections (SSIs) in patients. These factors are limiting the acceptance of reprocessing among hospital administrators and physicians.

Some instruments are difficult to clean and reprocess as they are delicate and have characteristics such as obtuse angles, miniature coils, narrow lumens, and special coatings. Exposing these instruments to high pressure and temperatures during the disinfection and sterilization process may also damage the original properties of their construction materials or cause them to degrade. According to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, the official journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) in 2020, the current techniques used to clean endoscopes for reuse are not consistently effective. Hence, in many cases, hospitals prefer single-use instruments to ensure safety and provide quality treatment.

Opportunities:Increasing healthcare expenditure and medical tourism in emerging economies

Emerging economies such as India, China, Brazil, Russia, and countries in Latin America and Southeast Asia are expected to provide a wide range of growth opportunities for players in the medical device cleaning market during the forecast period. Over half the world’s population resides in India and China, making these markets home to a large patient population. Public pressure to improve the quality of hospital care, growing number of hospitals and clinics, the increased cost of HAIs in healthcare systems, growth in the per capita income, the emergence of multidrug-resistant microorganisms, and increasing government initiatives are playing an important role in the growth of the medical device cleaning market in these countries.

Challenges: Cleaning and disinfection of advanced and complex medical devices

There are certain concerns related to the cleaning and disinfection of advanced and complex medical devices. Inadequate disinfection the medical device lead to infection to the patient.  Also, increase in endoscope analysers in the market requires need for the endoscope reprocessors for its cleaning after each use. Inproper disinfection leades to the risk of getting infection among the patient. For example, an automated endoscope reprocessor (AER) that is difficult to use, or one that breaks down frequently, can significantly increase the risk of improper or ineffective endoscope cleaning and create costly delays.

Market Over view- Executive summary

In this report, the medical device cleaning market is segmented on the basis of process, enduser and application and region.

Hospital and Clinics segment accounted for the largest share in the medical device cleaning market by end user”

Based on end user, the medical device cleaning market is segmented into diagnostic centers, hospitals and clinics, dental hospitals and clinics, and other end users. In current 2021, the hospitals and clinics segment described for the largest market share because growing number of hospitals and clinics in developed countries and the increasing prevalence of HAIs.

Disinfectant segment accounted for the largest share in the medical device cleaning market by process

On the basis of process, the medical device cleaning market is segmented into automatic cleaning, disinfection, presoaking/precleaning, and manual cleaning. In 2021, the disinfection segment accounted for the largest share because of growing mandate for high-level disinfectants and their capability to suppress the growth of pathogenic organisms.

North America segment accounted for the largest share in the medical device cleaning market by Region

The medical device cleaning market has been segmented on the basis of five regional segments, namely, North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa. Among these, the North America market is expected to account for the largest market share in 2021 and is also projected to witness the highest growth rate during the forecast period. The Asia Pacific region is expected to offer significant growth opportunities for players operating in the medical device cleaning market owing to the increasing healthcare expenditure and growing initiatives to promote the use of advanced medical device cleaning technologies in the Asia Pacific countries.

Geographic Snapshot: medical device cleaning Market

Medical Device Cleaning Market by Region

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Key Market Players:

The prominent players in the medical device cleaning market include 3M Company (US), Steris PLC (US), Metrex Research, LLC (US), Ecolab Inc. (US), Getinge Group (Sweden), Cantel Medical Corporation (US), Advanced Sterilization Products (Fortive Corporation) (US), Integra Lifesciences Holdings Corporation (US), Ruhof Corporation (US), and Sklar Surgical Instruments (US).

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Scope of the Report

Report Metric


Market Size Available for Years


Base Year Considered


Forecast Period


Forecast Unit

Value (USD Billion)

Segments Covered

By Process, Device, Application, End User and Region

Countries Covered

  • North America
    • US
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • UK
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • Japan
    • China
    • India
    • Rest of APAC
  • Latin America
  • Middle East and Africa

Companies covered

The prominent players in the medical device cleaning market include Steris PLC (US), Getinge Group (Sweden), Cantel Medical Corporation (US), Ecolab Inc. (US), 3M Company (US), Advanced Sterilization Products (Fortive Corporation) (US), Ruhof Corporation (US), Metrex Research, LLC (US), Integra Lifesciences Holdings Corporation (US), and Sklar Surgical Instruments (US).

The research report categorizes medical device cleaning market into the following segments and sub-segments:

Based on process

  • Disinfection
    • High-level Disinfectants
    • Intermediate-level Disinfectant
    • Low-level Disinfectant
  • Automatic Cleaning  
    • Enzymatic Detergents
    • Non-Enzymatic Detergents
  • Manual Cleaning
    • Enzymatic
    • Non-Enzymatic
  • Presoak/Precleaning
    • Enzymatic
    • Non-Enzymatic

Based On Application

  • Surgical Instruments
  • Endoscopes
  • Ultrasound Probes
  • Dental Instruments
  • Other Instruments (diagnostic instruments such as stethoscopes, clinical thermometers, and homodialysis machinesx)

Based On End Users

  • Hospitals and Clinics
  • Diagnostic Centers
  • Dental Clinics and Hospitals
  • Other End Users (medical institutions and ambulatory surgical centers)

Based On Device

  • Critical
  • Semi-critical
  • Non-critical

Based On Region

  • North America
    • US
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • The Middle East & Africa

Recent Developments:

  • In January 2021, STERIS signed a definitive agreement to acquire Cantel, a global provider of infection prevention products and services, through a US subsidiary, to diversify its vast portfolio of infection control products and services.
  • In February 2021, Getinge entered into a strategic partnership with researchers from the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, to undertake customer-centric innovation and sustainability activities.

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Table of Content

1 Introduction
    1.1 Objectives of the study
    1.2 Market definition
           1.2.1 Inclusions and exclusions of the study
    1.3 Market scope
           1.3.1 Markets covered
           1.3.2 Years considered for the study
    1.4 Currency
    1.5 Stakeholders
    1.6 Limitations
    1.7 Summary of changes

2 Research methodology
    2.1 Research apporoch
           2.1.1 Secondary data
           2.1.2 Primary data
    2.2 Market size estimation
    2.3 Market breakdown and data triangulation
    2.4 Assumptions for the study

3 Executive summary

4 Premium insights
    4.1 Medical Device Cleaning Market Overview
    4.2 Asia Pacific: Market, By Process & Country (2021)
    4.3 Market: Geographic Growth Opportunities
    4.4 Market: Regional Mix
    4.5 Market: Developing vs Developed Countries

5 Market Overview
    5.1 Introduction
    5.2 Market dynamics
           5.2.1 Drivers
           Growing Prevalence of Hospital-Acquired Infections
           Increasing Number of Surgical Procedures
           Rising Prevalence of Chronic Diseases in the Aging Population
           Regulatory Requirements and Compliance
           Increasing outsourcing of sterilization services among pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and medical device manufacturers
           5.2.2 Restraints
           Concerns Regarding the Safety of Reprocessed Instruments
           5.2.3 Opportunities
           Increasing Healthcare Expenditure and Medical Tourism in Emerging Economies
           5.2.4 Challenges
           Cleaning and Disinfection of Advanced and Complex Medical Devices
    5.3 Covid-19 impact on medical device cleaning market economy

6 Medical Device Cleaning Market, By Process  (USD Million; 2020-2027)
    6.1 Introduction
    6.2 Disinfection
           6.2.1 High-Level Disinfection
           6.2.2 Intermediate-Level Disinfection
           6.2.3 Low-Level Disinfection
    6.3 Automatic Cleaning
           6.3.1 Enzymatic Detergents
           6.3.2 Non-Enzymatic Detergents
    6.4 Manual Cleaning
           6.4.1 Enzymatic Detergents
           6.4.2 Non-Enzymatic Detergents
    6.5 Presoaking/Precleaning
           6.5.1 Enzymatic Detergents
           6.5.2 Non-Enzymatic Detergents

7 Medical Device Cleaning Market, By Application (USD Million; 2020-2027)
    7.1 Introduction
    7.2 Surgical Instruments
    7.3 Endoscopes
    7.4 Ultrasound Probes
    7.5 Dental Instruments
    7.6 Other Instruments

8 Medical Device Cleaning Market, By Device (USD Million; 2020-2027)
    8.1 Introduction
    8.2 Non-Critical Device
    8.3 Semi-Critical Device
    8.4 Critical Device

9 Medical Device Cleaning Market, By End User (USD Million; 2020-2027)
    9.1 Introduction
    9.2 Hospitals & Clinics
    9.3 Diagnostic Centers
    9.4 Dental Hospitals & Clinics
    9.5 Other End Users

10 Medical Device Cleaning Market, By Region (USD Million; 2020-2027)
     10.1 Introduction
     10.2 North America
             10.2.1 US
             10.2.2 Canada
     10.3 Europe
             10.3.1 Germany
             10.3.2 France
             10.3.3 UK
             10.3.4 Italy
             10.3.5 Spain
             10.3.6 Rest of Europe
     10.4 Asia Pacific
             10.4.1 Japan
             10.4.2 China
             10.4.3 India
             10.4.4 Rest of Asia Pacific
     10.5 Latin America
     10.6 Middle East & Africa

11 Competitive Landscape
     11.1 Overview
     11.2 Key player strategies/ right to win
     11.3 Revenue share analysis
     11.4 Market share analysis of key players in medical device cleaning market
     11.5 Company evaluation quadrant
             11.5.1 Stars
             11.5.2 Pervasive players
             11.5.3 Emerging leaders
             11.5.4 Participants
     11.6 Competitive scenario
             11.6.1 Product launches and upgrades
             11.6.2 Deals
             11.6.3 Expansions

12 Company profiles
     12.1 Key Players
             12.1.1 Steris PLC (US)
             12.1.2 Getinge Group (Sweden)
             12.1.3 Cantel Medical Corporation (US)
             12.1.4 Ecolab Inc. (US)
             12.1.5 3M Company (US)
             12.1.6 Advanced Sterilization Products (Fortive Corporation) (US)
             12.1.7 Ruhof Corporation (US)
             12.1.8 Metrex Research, LLC (US)
             12.1.9 Integra Lifesciences Holdings Corporation (US)
             12.1.10 Sklar Surgical Instruments (US)
     12.2 Other Players
             12.2.1 Biotrol (US)
             12.2.2 ORO Clean Chemie AG (Switzerland)
             12.2.3 G9 Chemicals (UK)
             12.2.4 Pharmax LTD. (Canada)
             12.2.5 Stryker Corporation (US)
             12.2.6 Medline Industries, Inc. (US)
             12.2.7 Medalkan (Greece)
             12.2.8 Microcare medicals (US)
             12.2.9 Contec, Inc. (US)
             12.2.10 MELAG Medizintechnik GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
             12.2.11 Pal International (UK)
             12.2.12 MMM Group (Germany)
             12.2.13 GAMA Healthcare Ltd (England)
             12.2.14 Dr. Weigert (Germany)
             12.2.15 Case Medical, Inc. (US)

13 Appendix

This study involved four major approaches in estimating the current medical device cleaning market size. Extensive research was conducted to collect information on the market as well as its peer and parent markets. The next step was to validate these findings, assumptions, and sizing with industry experts across the value chain through primary research. Both top-down and bottom-up approaches were employed to estimate the value market. After that, market breakdown and data triangulation procedures were used to estimate the market size of segments and subsegments.

Secondary Research

This research study involved the usage of widespread secondary sources; directories; databases (such as Factiva and Bloomberg); white papers; annual reports; company house documents; investor presentations; and SEC filings of companies. Secondary research was used to identify and collect information useful for the extensive, technical, market-oriented, and commercial study of this market. It was also used to obtain important information about the top players, market classification, and segmentation according to industry trends to the bottom-most level, and key developments related to market and technology perspectives. A database of the key industry leaders was also prepared using secondary research.

Some of the key secondary resources referred to in this study include:

  • Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)
  • Association of Surgical Technologies (AST)
  •  International Journal of Infection Control (IJIC)
  • Department of Health and Infection Prevention Society (UK)
  • Association of Medical Device Reprocessors (AMDR)

Primary Research

In the primary research process, various sources from both the supply and demand sides were interviewed to obtain qualitative and quantitative information for this report. Primary sources from the supply side include CEOs, consultants, subject-matter experts, directors, general managers, developers, and other key opinion leaders of the various companies that offer medical device cleaning products. Primary sources from the demand side include industry experts such as hospital directors, infection control practitioners, reprocessing technicians, and other medical professionals.

Primary research was conducted to identify segmentation types; industry trends; technology trends; key players; and key market dynamics such as drivers, restraints, opportunities, challenges, and key player strategies.

Medical Device Cleaning Market Size, and Share

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Medical Device Cleaning Market Size, and Share

Market Size Estimation

The total size of the medical device cleaning market was arrived at after data triangulation from four different approaches, as mentioned below.

Bottom-up Approach: Revenues of individual companies were gathered from public sources and databases. Shares of the medical device cleaning businesses of leading players were gathered from secondary sources to the extent available. In certain cases, the share of the business unit was ascertained after a detailed analysis of various parameters, including product portfolio, market positioning, selling price, and geographic reach and strength. Individual shares or revenue estimates were validated through expert interviews.

Country level Analysis: The size of the medical device cleaning market was obtained from the annual presentations of leading players and secondary data available in the public domain. The share of medical device cleaning products in the overall medical device cleanign market was obtained from secondary data and validated by primary participants to arrive at the total medical device cleaning market. Primary participants further validated the numbers.

Primary Interviews: As a part of the primary research process, individual respondent insights on the market size and growth were taken during the interview (regional and global, as applicable). All the responses were collated, and a weighted average was taken to derive a probabilistic estimate of the market size and growth rate.

Geographic market assessment (by region & country): The geographic assessment was done using the following approaches:

Approach 1: Geographic revenue contributions/splits of leading players in the market (wherever available) and respective growth trends

Approach 2: Geographic adoption trends for individual product segments by end users and growth prospects for each of the segments (assumptions and indicative estimates validated from primary interviews)

At each point, the assumptions and approaches were validated through industry experts contacted during primary research. Considering the limitations of data available from secondary research, revenue estimates for individual companies (for the overall medical device cleaning market and geographic market assessment) were ascertained based on a detailed analysis of their respective product offerings, geographic reach/strength (direct or through distributors or suppliers), and the shares of the leading players in a particular region or country.

After complete market engineering with calculations for market statistics, market size estimations, market forecasting, market breakdown, and data triangulation, extensive primary research was conducted to gather information and verify and validate the critical numbers arrived at. In the complete market engineering process, both top-down and bottom-up approaches were extensively used, along with several data triangulation methods to perform market estimation and market forecasting for the overall market segments and subsegments listed in this report. Extensive qualitative and further quantitative analysis was also done from all the numbers arrived at in the complete market engineering process to list key information throughout the report.

Data Triangulation

After arriving at the market size, the total market was divided into several segments and subsegments. To complete the overall market engineering process and arrive at the exact statistics for all segments and subsegments, data triangulation and market breakdown procedures were employed wherever applicable.

Approach to derive the market size and estimate market growth

The market rankings for leading players were ascertained after a detailed assessment of their revenues from the medical device cleaning business using secondary data available through paid and unpaid sources. Owing to data limitations, in certain cases, the revenue share was arrived at after a detailed assessment of the product portfolios of major companies and their respective sales performance. At each point, this data was validated through primary interviews with industry experts.

Objectives of the Study

  • To define, describe, and forecast the medical device cleaning market by process, application, end user, device and region
  • To provide detailed information about the major factors influencing the market growth (such as drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges)
  • To strategically analyze micromarkets with respect to individual growth trends, prospects, and contributions to the overall medical device cleaning market
  • To analyze market opportunities for stakeholders and provide details of the competitive landscape for key players
  • To forecast the size of the medical device cleaning market with respect to five major regions, namely, North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa
  • To profile the key players and comprehensively analyze their market shares and core competencies2 in the medical device cleaning market
  • To track and analyze competitive developments such as partnerships, agreements, acquisitions, product launches, and expansions in the medical device cleaning market

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