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Ethylene Oxide and Sterilization in Healthcare

Ethylene Oxide and Sterilization in Healthcare

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March 14, 2024: Response to Updated NESHAP Regulation

    Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies (Terumo BCT) is reviewing the updated National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) regulation, announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), regarding the use of ethylene oxide (EtO) for medical device sterilization.

    We are committed to working collaboratively with the EPA and other federal, state and local regulatory agencies to ensure our Lakewood facility operates in accordance with all relevant environmental, health and safety requirements. The facility’s advanced emissions control system already captures and destroys more than 99% of EtO emissions. The amount of EtO we emit is already well below our current permissible limits, and we have voluntarily invested in an additional system that will reduce emissions even further.

    Terumo BCT meets or exceeds every state and federal standard for EtO use and we will continue to do so.

    Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies products are used in lifesaving medical procedures in the U.S. and around the world, including blood and stem cell collections for bone marrow transplants and novel cell therapy treatments for blood cancers. EtO is the only effective, viable and proven way to sterilize these products; without it, patients’ infection risk associated with medical care could increase. Quite simply, many of these lifesaving products would not be available without EtO sterilization.1 In fact, more than 20 billion medical devices in the U.S., over 50% of healthcare products, are sterilized each year using EtO.1

    Terumo BCT is a proud and active member of our community, with many of our employees living and raising families in the area. We understand that our community is closely following this topic and we are committed to communicating updates as we have them.

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