Process Standards

Standard 20
ISTA Standard 20 is a design and qualification process that provides the structure and path to design, test, verify and independently certify a specific Insulated Shipping Container (ISC) for use. Included with Standard 20 is the Standard 7E set of global thermal profiles for testing thermal transport packaging used in parcel delivery system shipments.

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Responsible Packaging by Design (RPbD) Guide 
The RPbD Guide is a step-by-step process management standard for the design, testing, and qualification of responsible packaging that meets industry, consumer, and regulatory expectations.

The process provides a framework and guidance for evaluating two or more different packages to:
  • provide appropriate packaging for protecting the product and performing all the other functions of a packaging system
  • consider product enhancements to reduce packaging requirements
  • minimize product waste through  the prevention of damage or spoilage
  • optimize use of materials, energy, and water in production, distribution, and use
  • maximize recovery of materials and energy from used packaging
The protocol provides a data-driven procedure for analyzing packaging systems throughout the life cycle. Eight steps guide the package designer in a Stage-Gate Process, with each stage accompanied by a template to help users gather data and navigate the process.

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