Mark Your Calendar for February 8, 2023

This Year's Celebration Theme: "Designed to Protect!"

From our first virtual celebration in 2021, to our in-person gathering at MD&M West last year, we're delighted to convene once again for Sterile Packaging Day 2023 on Wednesday, February 8! This year's celebration theme is "Designed to Protect" and salutes the medical device manufacturers and packaging engineers who design and validate sterile barrier systems. Groundbreaking medical devices and drug delivery products are advancing at a rapid clip, helping us live longer, better lives. For nearly 30 years, the Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council (SPMC) has provided packaging requirement guidance and test methodology clarity to packaging engineers worldwide, helping them create sterile barrier systems that are Designed to Protect. We invite you to browse this webpage to learn more, get involved and celebrate Sterile Packaging Day with us on February 8, 2023!

Partnering for Excellence

A Supply Chain Dedicated to Safety in Healthcare

SPMC founded Sterile Packaging Day to recognize and thank all of our partners in the supply chain who work together to deliver innovative, safe and sterilized devices and supplies to medical experts in order to provide excellence in patient care.

Recognizing Packaging Engineers

This year, we salute the medical packaging engineers, whose knowledge, understanding and ability to innovate are continually put to the test as the medical and pharmaceutical fields continue to evolve and advance in their delivery of care.

Understanding End-User Preferences

Early intervention and non-invasive medical devices are being used by specialists in a variety of healthcare settings as well as traditional hospitals. Packaging engineers develop packaging systems that not only protect these products and maintain sterility until point-of-use, but that also offer convenience and ease-of-use for specific medical professionals and patients alike.

Technical Knowledge and Application

Pharmaceutical and medical supplies and devices require packaging components that can withstand the demands of the chosen sterilization method, be it gamma, E-beam, EtO or autoclave sterilization. Packaging engineers collaborate with their suppliers to develop packages that can not only withstand these processes, but which also meet exacting regulatory and quality standards.

Prioritizing Patient Safety

More and more frequently, packaging engineers are working with their colleagues in the supply chain to validate the entire packaging design process. From the identification and control of the materials, to the process variables that can occur during manufacture, validation helps packaging engineers arrive at the optimal solutions for patient safety.

Respect for the Environment

Today’s packaging engineers are developing packaging solutions that require less materials, and therefore, less waste. Recent material innovations have led to downgauging, which reduces the thickness of the material used while retaining packaging integrity and strength. In general, flexible materials require fewer resources to produce, are more efficient to transport, and deliver a high product to package ratio.

Celebrating These Foundational Elements

The Three Pillars of Sterile Packaging Day

Patient Safety

Patient safety is at the heart of sterile packaging. Doctors, nurses, EMTs, caregivers and even patients themselves can effectively administer care thanks to the safety and integrity of the sterile packages protecting the medical devices and supplies they need.

Peace of Mind

When you or a loved one requires medical care, your focus is on a successful outcome and recovery. Knowing that the medical tools necessary for treatment are protected from contamination offers you and your medical team important peace of mind.

Supply Chain Strength

From the procurement of raw materials, to the stringent manufacturing process of the package itself, every link in the supply chain plays a vital role in creating protective packaging that can withstand rigorous sterilization processes and maintain its sterility until it's opened.


Industry Leaders Share What Designed to Protect Means to Them on Sterile Packaging Day

Across the care continuum, the sterile packaging industry has come together to celebrate Designed To Protect, underscoring the strength of our commitment to patient safety. We asked leaders to share what this year's theme means to them. Read their thoughts below and connect through the links underneath each quote.

Bringing the Care Continuum Together on Sterile Packaging Day

Easy Tips to Help You Celebrate!

TIP #1: Donate blood on February 8, 2023 at MD&M West in Anaheim.

SPMC and Informa are teaming up for a Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, February 8 from 9:30AM to 3:30PM at the Anaheim Convention Center in Exhibit Hall E, Booth 263. We encourage all attendees to positively impact lives and help countless others by donating blood. Please click the button below to make your appointment.

Schedule Your Donation Appointment

TIP #2: Recognize and thank an esteemed packaging professional with whom you collaborate for success.

Take a moment to recognize and thank a colleague or partner within the sterile packaging supply chain who works collaboratively with you to ensure life-saving devices are sterile at point of use. The SPMC has shareable graphics to help you say thanks.

Download Shareable Graphics

TIP #3: Support the next generation of packaging engineers.

Students are a driving force in industry innovations. The FPA Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge recognizes and honors flexible packaging solutions developed by students. Share this program with your packaging school connections and encourage their student teams to enter a medical or pharmaceutical packaging solution into the competition. Winners receive cash prizes.

FPA Student Design Challenge

TIP #4: Tell us in one word what "Designed to Protect" means to you.

We want everyone to be part of this celebration, and it couldn't be easier! Please tell us in one word what “Designed to Protect” means to you. We'll share all of your answers on LinkedIn. Simply fill out the one question form below!

Tell Us in One Word

Interested In More? Use And Share These Resources

Raise Awareness For Sterile Packaging Day

DOWNLOADABLE GRAPHICS | Download, share, print and post these high quality graphics and messages to raise awareness for Sterile Packaging Day and the many professions which work together to deliver safe healthcare!

Sterile Packaging Day Logos

Use the official 2023 Sterile Packaging Day logo with this year’s theme — Designed to Protect — to tie your celebration together. Black + white and color logo files are available for download!  


Shareable Graphics: Blood Drive

Amplify Sterile Packaging Day's Blood Drive at MD&M West by using these two downloadable graphics and the following message: Schedule your lifesaving appointment at on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Anaheim Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E, Booth 263, 800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802. Be sure to use this link.


Shareable Graphics: Designed to Protect

Patient safety is at the heart of Sterile Packaging Day. Use these four downloadable graphics depicting various aspects of medical care to underscore your Sterile Packaging Day social media messages and events. Be sure to use #SterilePackagingDay.


Shareable Graphics: Colleague Recognition

SPMC founded Sterile Packaging Day to recognize and thank all of our partners in the supply chain. Use one of these three downloadable graphics in combination with your message to show your appreciation for an esteemed colleague on social media. Be sure to use #SterilePackagingDay.


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