January 2023
News and updates for our packaging community.

Take advantage of the discounted registration rate for the 2023 ISTA Forum. We can't wait to see everyone in Houston!

We are thrilled to be hosting the 2023 ISTA Forum, including TransPack & TempPack events May 1-3 in Houston, Texas! Our signature event, the ISTA Forum is where the packaging community comes together to tackle today’s challenges, explore industry best practices, discover latest trends, and shape the future of transport packaging. We have a great line-up of programs in store for the 2023 ISTA Forum, including pre-Forum  trainings, TransPack sessions, TempPack sessions, exhibitor reception & fantastic networking opportunities. The following companies will be presenting on the program:


Room block ends March 31, book your hotel today!
The 2023 ISTA Forum will be held at the beautiful Marriott Marquis Houston. The Marriott Marquis will deliver a downtown Houston urban resort experience with over 150,000 square feet of elegant event space, a rooftop terrace, best sports bar and the world's largest Texas-shaped rooftop lazy river – all allowing great opportunities for our packaging community to gather, learn & connect!


Sponsoring the ISTA Forum is your opportunity to connect with the global transport packaging community as an industry leader! Strengthen your brand's identity and marketing efforts by becoming a sponsor of the industry's premier educational event!

Why become a sponsor? 
  • Connect with the global transport packaging community as an industry leader.
  • ​Strengthen your brand's identity, visibility, and marketing efforts.
  • Build relationships and network with key decision makers of the transport packaging industry.

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of former ISTA staff member and longtime friend, Dennis Young. Dennis played a foundational role in ISTA’s future when he helped lead the association in 1995 with a new vision. Dennis served as ISTA’s Technical Director prior to joining the MSU School of Packaging.

Dennis was a packaging legend, an incredible mentor and teacher, and a friend to so many of us. His ease and exceptional talent to share his wealth of technical knowledge, along with a great story and a bit of humor will be deeply missed by our community. We will be forever grateful for his enormous contributions to ISTA and his remarkable impact on the packaging industry. We extend our deepest sympathies to Dennis’s family.

A Celebration of Life is being planned for Spring 2023. Click here to visit Dennis's obituary.

We want to hear from you! The ISTA Pharma Committee is seeking industry peer review on the latest best practice guideline "Thermal Packaging System Ambient Temperature Profile (ATP) Best Practice Guideline". The committee’s goal was to establish an aligned industry best practice for the selection, development and comparison of ATPs for use in the thermal qualification testing of thermal packaging to transport temperature-sensitive medicinal products.  

Happening Thursday, February 16! PackSight Office Hours are live interactive sessions where the PackSight team will answer your questions about using PackSight. Bring your questions about the powerful new custom test builder or about any aspect of the PackSight tool. Ask questions live or use thisformto submit your questions prior to the sessions. We’re excited to have you join us and learn more about PackSight!  

Get certified! Join ISTA on February 22 for a Packaging Dynamics Professional (ISTA PDP) Certification Live Virtual Training.

Get in-depth training by attending our scheduled virtual course training which features ISTA's Lead Instructor, Larry Dull, who will walk through subject matter via a live video conference call! ISTA's PDP certification program encourages and recognizes development and excellence in the packaging industry. Professionals can receive an ISTA PDP certification by completing and passing exams for all six (6) PDP training modules listed below.

  • PDP 101: Principles of Distribution Packaging
  • PDP 201: Atmospheric & Compression Hazards in Transit
  • PDP 202: Shock & Drop Hazards in Transit
  • PDP 203: Vibration Hazards in Transit
  • PDP 204: Test Laboratory Operations & Instrumentation
  • PDP 205: Test Procedures & Enhanced Simulation Testing

Get noticed! ISTA Certified Labs and Members offering Packaging Services: Increase your visibilty and help your customers find you on one of the most visited pages of the ISTA website. Add your company logo to your listing that appears in ISTA's Find a Lab and Packaging Related Services search tool. 

Did you know? ISTA has a helpful Support Center that allows you to browse through a collection of articles and FAQs? The knowledge base includes popular topics surrounding Testing, Certification, Membership and so much more. If you can’t find an answer to your question, submit a ticket and we’ll get back to you.
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Do you know someone who has made notable contributions to education in transport packaging? Nominate them TODAY.

The ISTA Educational Foundation (ISTAEF) is seeking nominations for the R. David LeButt AwardThis prestigious award honors packaging professionals for their outstanding contributions to education in transport packaging. This award is open to all industry professionals – click here to view past award recipients. It's easy to nominate!


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ISTA InTouch E-Newsletter - January 2023