STERIS Corporation Announces FDA 510(k) Clearance for STERIS SYSTEM 1E® Liquid Chemical Sterilant Processing System

MENTOR, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- STERIS Corporation (NYSE: STE) today announced that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for the STERIS SYSTEM 1E® Liquid Chemical Sterilant Processing System.

The STERIS SYSTEM 1E® Liquid Chemical Sterilant Processing System is the successor to the Company’s SYSTEM 1® Sterile Processing System. The SYSTEM 1E is indicated for liquid chemical sterilization of cleaned, immersible, and reusable critical and semi-critical heat sensitive medical devices in healthcare facilities.

“We are pleased that the Agency cleared SYSTEM 1E for marketing,” commented Walt Rosebrough, STERIS President and Chief Executive Officer. “This is good news for our Customers and we look forward to working with them as they continue their transition to acceptable alternative technologies. We remain committed to the outstanding level of service that our Customers have come to expect from STERIS.”

STERIS continues dialogue with the Agency to close out the remaining SYSTEM 1 issues and expects to announce a transition plan in the near future. STERIS is also committed to providing SYSTEM 1 Customers with consumables, parts and service and accessories throughout the FDA authorized transition time period. The Company will begin accepting orders for SYSTEM 1E as soon as the transition plan is announced, with delivery of the first units expected by the 2nd quarter of fiscal year 2011.

The mission of STERIS Corporation is to provide a healthier today and safer tomorrow through knowledgeable people and innovative infection prevention, decontamination and health science technologies, products and services. The Company has approximately 5,000 dedicated employees around the world working together to supply a broad array of solutions by offering a combination of equipment, consumables and services to healthcare, pharmaceutical, industrial and government Customers. The Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol STE. For more information, visit

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Julie Winter, 440-392-7245
Director, Investor Relations
Stephen Norton, 440-392-7482
Director, Corporate Communications

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