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A sterilization indicator designed to be placed within a sterilizing chamber, and to respond with a characteristic chemical and/or physical change to one or more of the physical conditions within the chamber, to validate the sterilization process.

Chemical indicator type 1: indicates the exposure to the sterilisation process to allow differentiation between unprocessed items, and / or indicate gross failure of the sterilization process.


autoclave tape


Quality standards

ISO 11140-1, 2014, edition 3, (confirmed 2021) Sterilization of health care products – chemical indicators –Part 1: General requirements

Technical specifications

  • Adhesive crepe paper with white stripes
  • Roll, 50 m x 1.9 cm
  • Steam-sensitive ink indicator
  • Change of colour when in contact with steam:
    • at 121ºC for 3 minutes minimum
    • at 134ºC for 30 seconds minimum
  • Important contrast between colours: white stripes changing to black
  • Word "autoclave" written inside the roll / on package

Packaging & Labelling

Unit packaging

Instructions for use

  • Seal the packages to be sterilized with autoclave steam indicator tape after having written the content, the date and the number of the sterilization cycle on it (use a ball-point rather than a marker which risks to leak on the tape).
  • Fold the end of the tape down in order to ease the opening of the packages.


The tape indicates that the package has been exposed to steam at 134ºC for 30 seconds and at 121ºC for 3 minutes minimum. It does not guarantee the efficiency of the sterilization process. The sterilization cycles are validated by indicators like TST strips.

(Cf Introduction: Disinfection and sterilization in the field)


Store in cool, dry conditions, out of direct sunlight​

MSF requirements

Double interest: tape to seal the packages and external visual and rapid indicator of going through the autoclave.

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