The global endoscope disinfection and cleaning solution market was estimated at USD 768.40 million in 2021 and is anticipated to reach USD 1,302.25 million by 2030, expanding at a CAGR of 6.19% during the forecast period.
An endoscope is a thin and flexible tube form of a medical device that allows a doctor to view the inside of a person's body. It is often used to diagnose and treat various conditions, such as abdominal pain, digestive issues, and certain cancers.
Cleaning and disinfection of the endoscope are essential to prevent the spread of infection and illness in medical and surgical settings. Endoscope cleaning is performed with the utmost care and attention to detail to ensure that all bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms are completely removed and that the instrument is safe for use on the next patient.
A common technique of cleaning endoscopes is manual cleaning. This involves the use of a brush and other cleaning solutions to manually scrub the endoscope. This method is quick and easy. Another technique used to clean endoscopes is automated cleaning. This method uses a combination of chemicals, heat, and pressurized water to thoroughly clean the endoscope.
Governments of several countries across the globe are investing in the healthcare sector to increase their real per capita healthcare spending and boost the number of medical facilities. Healthcare expenditure plays an integral role in the purchasing decision of hospitals to procure various medical equipment, including endoscopes.
According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the healthcare budget of the US was USD 11,072 per capita in 2019. Similarly, the healthcare expenditure in 2019 of countries such as Switzerland and Germany were USD 8,000 and USD 6,600 per capita, respectively.
Stringent Regulatory Scenario
Various government bodies across the globe have implemented several regulatory policies for the healthcare industry, including healthcare institutions, for its efficient and safe functioning. The regulations mandate hospitals, clinics, and ambulatory centers to efficiently and thoroughly clean each medical equipment and device before and after clinical use. These regulatory bodies lay down the procedures for disinfection and cleaning of endoscopes and using proper techniques for their disposal after use.
Lifestyle Disease Diagnosis
The rising number of endoscopic surgeries among patients is increasing the diagnosis of lifestyle diseases. According to the Global Burden of Disease Study, in 2019, cardiovascular conditions resulted in around 18.6 million deaths across the globe. Moreover, in the US, nearly 30.3 million people were diagnosed with heart disease in 2017.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a commonly diagnosed lifestyle disease, is prevalent in 20% of people in the US. Hence, the number of endoscopic surgeries is projected to increase with the rising prevalence of lifestyle diseases, thus boosting the need for endoscope disinfection and cleaning solutions.
Regulatory guidelines are framed for healthcare professionals to follow endoscope cleaning regulations to ensure patient safety. These guidelines help prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
Healthcare professionals are compelled to follow endoscope cleaning regulations to ensure patient safety. For instance, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has established a range of regulations for endoscope cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilizing. These regulations are designed to ensure optimal endoscope performance and patient safety. The FDA states the use of high-level disinfectant or sterilant and 70% isopropyl alcohol in the reprocessing room for high-level disinfection of endoscopes.
- Increase in Prevalence of Hospital-Acquired Infections
Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), also known as nosocomial infections, are infections that occur during a hospital stay. These infections are contracted by anyone, including patients, visitors, and healthcare workers. HAIs develop after a patient has been admitted to a hospital or are acquired during a hospital stay.
The main source of HAIs is an unclean hospital environment and the use of unsterilized medical equipment such as endoscopes. Medical institutions are adopting the reprocessing of medical equipment and endoscopes frequently to curb the prevalence of increasing HAIs.
For instance, according to the World Health Organization, out of every 100 patients in acute-care hospitals, seven patients in high-income countries and 15 patients in low- and middle-income countries acquire at least one healthcare-associated infection (HAI) during their hospital stay.
- Rise in the number of Endoscopic Surgeries
Endoscopic surgeries are becoming common, due to the advances in technology, the rising aging population, and the increasing awareness about the potential benefits of such surgeries. Endoscopic surgeries are becoming less invasive and more accessible to patients through the development of various tools and techniques. Additionally, the rising aging population in many countries boosts the need for less invasive procedures to treat age-related health issues.
Moreover, high awareness about the potential benefits of endoscopic surgeries enabled people to seek out these treatments. For instance, about 20 million endoscopies are performed in the US every year, and more than 65% of those are gastrointestinal endoscopies. Hence, the rising number of endoscopic surgeries is fuelling the demand for chemicals used for reprocessing them.
- Availability of Alternatives of Disinfectant Solutions
Reprocessing of endoscopes through chemical disinfectants is costly, time-consuming, and a sophisticated process. Hence, the emergence of ultra-violet-(UV) based radiation has proven to be an effective alternative to chemical disinfectant solutions. UV light-based disinfection has reduced the risk of cross-contamination and the spread of infections. This has propelled the use of UV light-based disinfection for endoscope disinfection. Moreover, UV light overcomes key drawbacks possessed by chemical disinfectants, such as corrosion of the internal walls of endoscopes.
- Increase in Government Expenditure on Healthcare Sector
Rising government expenditure on the healthcare sector is expected to create significant opportunities for the growth of the endoscope disinfection solution market during the forecast period. Governments across the globe are investing in improving their healthcare systems and ensuring that patients have access to high-quality care.
This includes investments in medical devices and equipment, such as endoscopes, thus driving the demand for endoscope disinfection solutions. Moreover, an increase in government spending on this sector is expected to boost the number of healthcare facilities such as hospitals and clinics, thus driving the demand for endoscope disinfection solutions.
For instance, health spending in the US increased by 9.7% in 2020 to $4.1 trillion. By 2028, US healthcare spending is projected to reach USD 6.2 trillion and account for almost 20% of its GDP.
Scope of the Report
The report on the global endoscope disinfection and cleaning solution market includes an assessment of the market, trends, segments, and regional markets. Overview and dynamics have also been included in the report.
Endoscope Disinfection and Cleaning Solution Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast
by Solution Type (Aldehyde-based Disinfectants, Peracetic Acid, Highly-acidic Electrolyzed Water (EOW), Hypochlorous Acid (Superoxidised Water), Chlorine Dioxide, Alcohols, and Others), by End-use (Hospitals, Ambulatory Surgical Centres (ASCs), and Clinics)
Asia Pacific, North America, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East & Africa
Company Share, Market Analysis and Size, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends, and Revenue Forecast
Key Players Covered
Fortive, STERIS, 3M, Medalkan, Metall Zug AG, Olympus America, Getinge AB, Wassenburg Medical B.V., Ecolab, Steelco S.p.A., and Stryker
Based on solution type, the global endoscope disinfection and cleaning solution market is segmented into aldehyde-based disinfectants, peracetic acid, highly-acidic electrolyzed water (EOW), hypochlorous acid (super oxidized water), chlorine dioxide, alcohols, and others. The aldehyde-based disinfectants segment is expected to account for 35.5% share of the market during the forecast period, as it is widely used by hospitals, owing to its non-corrosive properties towards medical equipment sterilization, including endoscopes. It is known to achieve disinfection against all kinds of microorganisms, such as spores, fungi, bacteria, viruses, and mycobacteria. These factors are expected to boost the market.
In terms of end-use, the global endoscope disinfection and cleaning solution market is segmented into hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs), and clinics. The hospital segment is expected to account for 58.0% share of the market during the forecast period. Disinfectant solutions are widely used across hospitals to sterilize various medical equipment, including endoscopes. In addition to hygiene and proper reprocessing of endoscopes, cleaning and disinfection of equipment surfaces in hospitals are becoming increasingly vital for preventing infection through the multi-barrier approach.
Based on region, the global endoscope disinfection and cleaning solution market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa. North America accounted for 32.7% share of the market in 2021, due to the growing number of medical institutions and the rising prevalence of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1.7 million hospitalized patients acquire HAI each year. Hence, North America is projected to be a lucrative region for the rapid sales of endoscope disinfection and cleaning solutions.
The market in Europe is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 6.27% during the forecast period, due to the rising expenditure on healthcare infrastructure in the region, with a key focus on medical disinfection and cleaning solution.
According to Eurostat, healthcare expenditure in the European Union accounted for 10.9% of its GDP, indicating the rising demand for sterilization procedures of medical equipment, including endoscopes.
Key Benefits for Industry Participants & Stakeholders
- In-depth Analysis of the Global Endoscope Disinfection and Cleaning Solution Market
- Historical, Current, and Projected Market Size in terms of Value
- Potential & Niche Segments and Regions Exhibiting Promising Growth Covered
- Industry Drivers, Restraints, and Opportunities Covered in the Study
- Recent Industry Trends and Developments
- Competitive Landscape & Strategies of Key Players
- Neutral Perspective on Global Endoscope Disinfection and Cleaning Solution Market Performance
By Solution Type
- Aldehyde-based Disinfectants
- Peracetic Acid
- Highly acidic Electrolyzed Water (EOW)
- Hypochlorous Acid (Superoxidised Water)
- Chlorine Dioxide
- Ambulatory Surgical Centres (ASCs)
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- Latin America
- Middle East & Africa
Key Market Players Profiled in the Report
- Manufacturers operating in the global endoscope disinfection and cleaning solution market include Fortive, STERIS, 3M, Medalkan, Metall Zug AG, Olympus America, Getinge AB, Wassenburg Medical B.V., Ecolab, Steelco S.p.A., and Stryker.
- Market players are pursuing key strategies such as product launches, acquisitions, collaborations, and geographic expansion to increase their market share. For instance, STERIS announced the acquisition of Cantel Medical Corp, which offers infection-prevention products to hospitals to clean endoscopy instruments. This acquisition extended STERIS’s product portfolio and expanded its geographical reach.
- Medalkan announced the launch of enzymatic detergents, such as NOSOZYM, NOSOZYME 6 PLUS, and high-level disinfectants. These disinfectants and cleaning solutions are used for the endoscope instruments.