Contamination with microorganisms is capable of being reduced to a safe level for a wide range of products. BGS uses beta and gamma rays to achieve a reliable safety standard of your products and applications. This is practically possible in all applications, where pathogenic germs cause danger to human or animal health, or where microorganisms have detrimental effects. These include:
Our services go far beyond the mere radiation services: Upon request, we support you already in the development stage. We will advise you on the selection of suitable materials for products and packaging, and the specification of optimal packing schemes for the radiation sterilization carried out later on. This includes, of course, the qualification, validation and related documentation of the sterilization process for your products. In this way, we ensure an optimal workflow across all processing steps.
In medicine, bioscience and pharmacy, the sterility requirements are established by numerous standards, laws and regulations. BGS holds the necessary certifications and authorizations required by the strict German legislation on medical devices pursuant to the German law on medical products (MPG – Medizinproduktegesetz), and has many years of experience in dealing with international accreditation and licensing authorities – such as the FDA. Together with you, we can validate the entire production process including the radiation sterilization as a last step with regard to a specified dose range.
In many areas, such as biosciences, pharmaceutics, clean room environments or microtechnology, objects of everyday use or disposable items must be free of microorganisms. This is necessary to ensure controlled conditions for sampling, testing or research and to prevent the contamination of valuable products with microorganisms. Beta and gamma rays are increasingly used to guarantee the highest hygienic standards and have become an indispensable aid in the manufacturing process of these products.
Radiation sterilization is used for packaging materials and processing aids made of metal or plastic for the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industry, food packaging, and also in biotechnology. In many of these branches of the industry, sterility is a prerequisite for reproducible and high-quality production results. BGS can make an important contribution to the reliability and reproducibility of your production processes through the use of sterile raw materials, packaging and processing materials. In addition, the application of preservatives is able to be minimised through the use of germ-reduced packaging and natural raw materials.
Products intended for end consumers may have a high product risk due to unwanted microbiological contaminations. More and more such consumables and consumer goods are manufactured in distant regions of the world. If manufactured in hot and humid climate zones, the products may arrive at their final destination with seriously high bioburden concentrations after the long sea transport. This applies for example to toys, textiles, leather goods, decorative items and many other utility objects. If the damage is identified after the arrival of the containers at the destination port, time is of the essence.
Since in addition to the risks arising from the germinated products, such as expensive and image-damaging recall actions or complaints, long confirmed delivery dates must often be complied with. Now, rapid action is required. The goods must be sterilized quickly and safely.
Mould spores may settle everywhere and spread within hours. If books, shelving units or whole archives are infested with dangerous fungi, expensive restoration measures or even their disposal may be necessary. Mould is also harmful to health: Contact allergies or respiratory infections occur, when employees have contact with contaminated archives. Gamma radiation can destroy obstinate moulds safely, fast and completely. Of course, the materials are completely radiation-free after treatment.