May 2023
News and updates for our packaging community.

A new testing protocol, ISTA 3L, has been approved through ISTA's ANSI accredited consensus standards development process.

ISTA 3L is a research-based, data-driven testing protocol that allows users to evaluate a packaged product’s capability to withstand the supply chain hazards experienced when transporting and handling packaged-products from receipt into any e-commerce retailer fulfillment operation through to the end consumer.


To learn more about why we developed this test and other FAQ's, download the ISTA 3L eBook.​

For more on the hazards that could be encountered in this supply chain, see ISTA TouchPoints. This publication is a summary of detailed questions that were addressed by e-retailers coupled with an analysis of how the insight could be leveraged during the packaging design process in conjunction with laboratory testing.

New Best Practice Guideline Published! Developed by members of the ISTA Pharma Committee, the ISTA PCG-04 best practice guidance document was established to align industry best practices for the selection, development & comparison of ATPs for use in the thermal qualification testing of thermal packaging to transport temperature-sensitive medicinal products.

The 2023 ISTA European Packaging Symposium will be held 27-28 September in Amsterdam, Netherlands at the Amsterdam Marriott Hotel. This year’s program will provide insights on today's hot topics and will offer new solutions to help shape the future of transport packaging.

For the first time, we're offering an in-person training for ISTA's Packaging Dynamics Professional (ISTA PDP) Certification program! The training will be held prior to the event in Amsterdam.


We're thrilled to announce that a new track focused on Temperature Sensitive Life Science Product Distribution has been added to this year's symposium program. We're still accepting abstracts for this track. Topics of interest include:

Sustainability | Mechanical testing best practices: Bulk versus Parcel / Single Use versus Reusable / General Guidance | Real-time Monitoring | Frozen Shipping Solutions (Dry Ice, PCM, LN2) Shippers General Guidance | Design Qualification Guidance | Temperature Monitoring Strategies | Thermal Blankets/Covers Testing/Qualification Strategies | Ambient temperature lane data capture project | Shipper Orientation | Continuous Monitoring Strategies | Validation of Refrigerated trailers | Gene Therapy Strategy | Ocean Freight for Pharmaceutical Products | Total Cost of Ownership | Active Containers | Room Temperature Products | Direct to Patient Shipment Strategies


Sponsoring ISTA's European Packaging Symposium 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 events.


ISTA's Education Council has established a work group to revise ISTA’s Responsible Packaging by Design (ISTA RPbD) Process Standard. The RPbD Guide is a voluntary process standard for the design, testing and qualification of responsible packaging.

With work well underway, the work group is focusing on the expansion of the RPbD process & associated metrics - giving the RPbD Guide a much wider scope that goes well beyond the current focus on sustainable design & development of packaging for regulated products.

Led by ISTA RPbD Guide co-author and Instructor, Larry Dull and ISTA VP of Program & Market Development, Matt Thompson, work group members include:

  • Austin Given, Veritiv Corporation
  • Colby Grantz, LaCrosse Footwear Incorporated
  • Damon Lucenta, Pregis
  • James Stanley, Veritiv Corporation
  • Jim Ollmann, SC Johnson
  • Joe Fair, Lexmark
  • Kara Revoir, GreenPeak Packaging, LLC
  • Khondker Hossain, Sonos, Inc.
  • Luke Magnant, GreenPeak Packaging, LLC

Mark your calendar! Join ISTA & Specright on Wednesday, June 21 for PackSight Office Hours. PackSight Office Hours are live sessions where the PackSight team will answer your questions about using the PackSight tool. Bring your questions or simply join us to listen & learn.

New: ISTA 3L will be available soon in PackSight.
Stay tuned for more details!

This summer, ISTA is offering a variety of Live Virtual Trainings. Check out the upcoming events below and click to learn more!

Thursday, June 22 | Packaging Dynamics Professional (ISTA PDP) Certification 
Wednesday, July 19 | Packaging Dynamics Professional (ISTA PDP) Certification 
Wednesday, August 2 | Responsible Packaging by Design (ISTA RPbD) 
Wednesday, August 16 | Introduction to BioPharma Cold Chain 
Wednesday, August 23 | User Requirement Specifications (URS) to Operational Qualification (OQ)


Session recordings from the ISTA Forum held in Houston are now available in ISTA's Online Learning Platform. Attendees of the event receive free access to all recordings from both TransPack & TempPack. Simply login and click play!



SAVE THE DATE! The 2023 ISTA China Packaging Symposium will be held in Huangshan, Anhui on October 19-20, 2023. The Symposium is hosted by International Safe Transit Association China Division and presented by China Packaging Research & Test Center and China Packaging Research Institute. 

SAVE THE DATE! The 2023 ISTA Asia Pacific Packaging Symposium will be held November 15, in Jeju, South Korea at the Jeju Oriental Hotel. The Symposium is hosted by ISTA, Korea Society of Packaging Science and Technology (KOPAST), APN and organized by Korea Conformity Lab (KCL) and ISTA Asia Pacific Division. The Symposium will be held in conjunction with Asia Packaging Network and Annual Conference of Korea Society of Packaging Science and Technology. 

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