Sterilization Methods


Sterilization generally refers to the removal or destruction all living microorganisms such as bacteria, mold, fungi, or viruses, from an area or item. The goal of sterilization is to prevent the introduction pathogens – disease-causing microorganisms − into the body. Sterilization is imperative for tools and devices used in contact with the body such as medical and dental applications and in biomedical research settings.


Disinfection is a lower grade of sterilization and involves only the destruction of microorganisms in their vegetative (or non-sporing) state. Disinfection does not involve the destruction of bacterial spores. Sterilization is the only acceptable standard for surgical purposes although disinfection may be suitable for some purposes.

Sterilization at Zeus

Zeus specializes in product applications where ultra-pure products are required and used in sterile conditions. We excel at creating products that can tolerate a variety of sterilization protocols from autoclaving, gamma irradiation, to ethylene oxide (ETO) sterilization.

Our products’ quality, cleanliness, and USP Class VI certification mean that they are perfectly suited for implant devices. Our products are inspected and packaged in Class 7 clean rooms.

Contact us or call 1-800-526-3842 to learn more about are sterilization methods.

The table below summarizes several sterilization methods and the materials for which they are best suited.

Resin ETO Autoclave Gamma
PTFE Excellent Average Poor
FEP Excellent Excellent Good
PFA Excellent Excellent Poor
ETFE Excellent Excellent Good
PVDF Excellent Excellent Good
PEEK Excellent Excellent Excellent
Polyethylene Excellent Good* Good**

* Some grades may allow

** High density grades not as stable as medium density and low density grades