A sterilizing container for holding surgical instruments or other sterilizing material during sterilization and for maintaining the sterilized condition during storage and transportation. The container has a body portion with at least one opening to permit exchange of media during the sterilization process. The filter is fitted in a sealing manner into the opening and permits at least a limited exchange of media and forms a barrier to microorganisms during storage. A self-closing inlet valve is provided so as to open toward the inside of the container when a predetermined pressure difference between external pressure and internal pressure is exceeded. A self-closing outlet valve is provided so as to open outward when a predetermined pressure difference between internal pressure and external pressure is exceeded. The filter is clamped in a holding frame and is supported all around on the holding frame with a form fit. The holding frame in turn is clamped on the edge of the container opening. At least the inward valve is arranged inside the holding frame.
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