The Importance of Sterile Packaging

Posted by Rob Helmke | Tuesday, September 2, 2014 1 Comment

Every day, hospitals and other medical institutions and other rely on devices and pharmaceuticals to maintain the health of patients—and all these products must have highly sterile packaging. All packaging must be safe and clean for use, but in the medical and pharmaceutical industries, this is especially important. Items like syringes, as well as containers for medication, must be processed in facilities that are free of harmful particulate matter to create designs that meet packaging validations and produce a barrier from harmful bacteria.

Here at PI, we respect the seriousness behind sterile packaging. Because medical and pharmaceutical products are used for such critical applications, they must be free of impurities. Here, our team has compiled various considerations the best sterile plastic packaging companies meet, as well as the types of packaging for medical and pharmaceutical applications and how to find a packaging company to develop your designs with extreme attention to detail.

Types of Designs and Materials for Sterile Packaging

Packaging companies can develop various designs for medical and pharmaceutical products that must adhere to strict sterility. Typically, blister packaging, safe-edge trays, surgical trays and customized thermoform designs are the most common packaging options. Companies commonly use HIPS, PETG, PVC and other high-strength substrates to develop these designs.

Clean Room Facilities

Clean room facilities are crucial when creating sterile plastic packaging designs. Clean rooms foster the environment that ensures no outside contamination enters during the packaging creation process, producing designs that are safe and clean for both medical and pharmaceutical applications. The best clean room operations will be ISO Class 8 certified, a quality standard that is provided to leading packaging facilities that have a commitment to safe, sterile packaging. Facilities should host positive pressure HVAC systems that support HEPA filtration to reduce allergens and other particulate contamination. Clean rooms should also have customized technology to decrease the likelihood of contamination from entering the facility, as well as an exceptional trimming process for smooth, clean trims.

In addition to leading equipment, clean rooms should also have experienced staff validating packaging designs. Because they have completed multiple projects, they recognize the challenges for sterile packaging and will be able to proactively prevent any complications during production.

Developing Your Sterile Packaging

Need to create a sterile plastic packaging design for medical or pharmaceutical products? Get in touch with a packaging company that can produce packaging specific to your stipulations. After you’ve found the right packaging company, you can then discuss the structural ideas you had in mind, as well as any unique specifications your packaging must have. Your team should be able to develop a customized design that meets your unique challenges and use of application for both patients and staff.

To get started on your sterile packaging project, contact our team today. PI has the extensive experience and advanced technology to produce sterile medical and pharmaceutical packaging designs.

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