July 2022
News and updates for our packaging community.

We’re excited to announce our new Packaging Dynamics Professional (PDP) certification program! This new expanded professional development opportunity replaces ISTA's Certified Packaging Laboratory Professional (CPLP) program. PDP was developed by ISTA in collaboration with experts in the packaging research, design & testing industry.

In order to achieve ISTA Packaging Dynamics Professional certification, participants will be required to complete and pass six PDP training modules. Now, you can choose how you want to learn and get certified. Whether you prefer the flexibility of learning on your own with ISTA's new Online Learning platform or the interactivity of Live Virtual or In-Person Training events, ISTA offers the best options to suit your learning style.

For the first time ever, ISTA is offering our education and certification programs to both members and non-members around the globe.




The ISTA Pharma Committee is pleased to release the latest technical paper "ISTA PCG-03 | Thermal Shipping System:  Performance Qualification (PQ) and Performance Verification (PV) Best Practice Guideline". The committee's goal was to determine the various qualification/verification approaches medicinal product companies are following to implement and maintain compliant temperature-controlled shipping processes and develop a guideline to drive standardization of best practices across the industry. This collaborative effort between life science companies and solution providers resulted in a mutually beneficial and harmonized best practices guideline to aid the industry in implementing agile, compliant solutions.


In addition to this new best practice guideline, the ISTA Pharma Committee is also releasing “ISTA PCG-00 | Catalog Listing & Glossary of Terms”. This document provides a listing of all released guidance documents and serves as a centralized glossary that all guidance documentation will reference for common industry terms. The committee’s goal was to drive standardization among solution providers and life science companies alike and these terms were benchmarked with other industry association publications.



Join the ISTA and Specright team for a live demo plus learn how a major brand is using PackSight! This webinar will provide an overview of how PackSight can be used to improve accuracy, save time and promote test team & stakeholder communication for both existing and custom ISTA test procedures.  PackSight's Custom Test Builder is a powerful new tool letting you create your own test plans & reports tailored specifically to your supply chain. Learn how to get started with PackSight and ask questions of the team!

Special webinar guest! Hear from a top consumer packaged goods company about how their packaging team is using PackSight in the lab to improve their e-Commerce go-to-market speed and strategies.  
Plus, learn more about PackSight's brand new global regional vibration profiles, hear some helpful tips and tricks, and be there for a live Q&A session with the webinar panel!


The Print Test Plan button is available for 19 ISTA procedures and can be found at the top of the Short Test Plan page! A PDF is generated showing all the important details of your test that can be used for:
  • Printing the Test Plan to bring into a device-restricted lab or facility
  • Sharing the Test Plan with someone who doesn't have PackSight access
  • Communicating the test method for approval early on in package development

Need help? Check out the Support Community!
The support community has resources such as training videos, past webinars and FAQ's to help you get the most out of PackSight. Remember, PackSight is available for free to all ISTA Labs!


Discover and Grow! Exploring the Future of Effective Package Design
The ISTA European Packaging Symposium to be held in-person 4-5 October, 2022 in Berlin, Germany at the Courtyard by Marriott Berlin City Center. This year’s program will provide insights on today's e-commerce and sustainability challenges and will offer new solutions to help shape the future of transport packaging. Don't miss out, we have an incredible lineup of speakers in store for attendees! Check out the full event program & register today to join us in Berlin. Early-bird registration ends soon!


Call for Speakers is now open for the 2023 ISTA Forum, TransPack & TempPack events! Abstract submissions must be made using the online speaker form and must include an abstract title, topic description, and any practical takeaways. If selected to be a speaker, your attendee registration will be waived. See below for target topics of interest!

TransPack target topics:
Packaging Performance Testing Applications and Research | Challenges of Protective Package Design | Quality Assurance and Validation Best Practices | Damage Reduction Success Stories | e-Commerce Packaging | Sustainable Packaging Development | Optimization of Packaging | Systems Case Studies
Submit an abstract!

TempPack target topics:
Frozen Shipment Best Practices and Case Studies | Real-Time Monitoring & Monitor Qualification | Sustainability Case Studies of Re-Use vs. Single Use | New Methods for Protecting High Value Product in the Supply Chain | Use of the Internet of Things (IoT) for Gathering or Acting on Temperature Data Within a Supply Chain | Innovative Cold Chain Packaging Solutions
Submit an abstract!

The 2023 ISTA Forum is happening May 1-3 in Houston, Texas at the beautiful Marriott Marquis Houston. The Marriott Marquis will deliver a downtown Houston urban resort experience for our attendees while providing over 150,000 square feet of elegant event space, a rooftop terrace, outdoor pavilion and the world's largest Texas-shaped rooftop lazy river! We can’t wait to see everyone next May. Stay tuned for more program details and registration!

New job postings in our industry are updated regularly at ISTA's Career Center! Opportunities at Michigan State University and Otter Products have recently been added. 

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ISTA InTouch E-Newsletter - July 2022