We are now going to talk about sterilization in more detail, with particular reference to the different methods of sterilization. There are a number of available methods, each of which has advantages and disadvantages. Heat sterilization should always be the preferred method if it can be used.
Methods of sterilization include:
Moist or dry heat
Irradiation (ionizing radiation)
Sterilising gaseous agents (e.g. ethylene oxide)
Filtration with subsequent aseptic filling