Recently, E-BEAM Services posted their latest Crash Course: The Top 5 Things You Need To Know About E-beam Sterilization. This latest foray into the world of electron beam processing gave us a beginner level look at–you guessed it!–the top five important things to know about e-beam sterilization. Here’s a brief run-down:
1.) The electron beam achieves sterilization by causing microbial death, either by destroying a vital molecule within the microbe, or through an indirect chemical reaction.
2.) E-BEAM Services specifically processes products in their final packaging. This means there’s no unpacking nor risk of enviromental exposure that might compromise sterility.
3.) The electron beam process is clean and green; there is no quarantine time, harmful gasses, or radioactive materials used, unlike other sterilization methods.
4.) Because the electron beam process has a faster dose rate than other methods (like gamma, for instance), there is typically less degradation to your products.
5.) There are heavily-monitored sterilization validation procedures in place for medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and even human cell and tissue products. This means you can confidently market your product as sterile.