July 2023
News and updates for our packaging community.



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. Discounted Early-Bird Registration Rate Ends 31 August!

New Track: Temperature-Sensitive Life Science Product Distribution
A dedicated track focused on Temperature-Sensitive Life Science Product Distribution has been added to the program! Topics include innovative cold chain packaging solutions, temperature monitoring strategies, sustainability case studies, design qualification guidance, mechanical testing best practices, emerging technologies and more.

The following companies will be presenting on the program!


For the first time, we're offering in-person training for ISTA's Packaging Dynamics Professional (ISTA PDP) Certification program prior to the symposium on 26 September. This training covers all six courses required to obtain your ISTA Packaging Dynamics Professional (ISTA PDP) Certification. Once you complete these courses and pass the exam, you will receive your certification as an ISTA Packaging Dynamics Professional!

Check out these Live Virtual Trainings happening in August!

Wednesday, August 16 | Introduction to BioPharma Cold Chain Live Virtual Training
  • Basics of a cold chain program
  • Attributes of a gold standard cold chain program
  • Guiding standards for the industry
  • Introduction to the Shipping Qualification Process Flow
  • Lessons learned on selecting test labs and suppliers (labs, packaging, recording devices, etc.)

Wednesday, August 23 | User Requirement Specifications (URS) to Operational Qualification (OQ)
  • How to create a robust URS 
    • Highlight both major and minor attributes of a URS
  • How to design and implement your OQ process 
    • Highlight the design qualification tests
    • Execution of an OQ protocol
    • Documentation 
      • Test Protocols and Reports
      • Temperature Recording Device Settings
      • Operational SOP/WIs
      • Staff training
      • How to select and implement a pre-qualified shipper
    • Navigating Change Control to Implement your Qualified System
    • Lessons Learned on Implementing a Qualified Shipping System
    • Case Studies

The Call for Speakers is now open for the ISTA Forum, including TransPack & TempPack events, happening on April 22-24, 2024 in San Diego, California! Don't miss this chance to showcase your knowledge and insights in the packaging industry. Deadline to submit an abstract is September 29th.


The 2023 ISTA China Packaging Symposium will be held in Huangshan, Anhui on October 19-20, 2023 and your invited to submit an abstract. The Symposium is hosted by International Safe Transit Association China Division and presented by China Packaging Research & Test Center and China Packaging Research Institute. Deadline to submit an abstract is Friday, August 11!

ISTA Load Stability Workgroup Seeks Industry Collaboration & Load Stability Samples. As the workgroup strives to enhance load stability and minimize damage during transportation and storage, samples are needed highlighting known load stability field damages.

ISTA Standards Council Seeks Industry Collaboration & India Field Damage Samples. ISTA’s Standards Council is seeking industry collaboration and expertise to develop targeted packaging tests for the Indian market. Specifically, samples of known field damages that occurred in India to validate ISTA’s proposed India test protocol are needed. 


We're excited to announce that ISTA 3L Generalized E-commerce Retailer Fulfillment Test is now available in PackSight. 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.

Thanks to user feedback, we have added a new dashboard chart to the Analytics tab.
Now, labs can quickly see the number of tests they have run for each customer or other entity they do testing for. To find the chart, navigate to the Analytics tab and scroll to the bottom of the dashboard.


The 2023 ISTA Resource Book is now accepting advertisements! The ISTA Resource Book includes a collection of ISTA Test Procedures, the Guidelines for Selecting and Using ISTA Test Procedures & Projects and is the go-to reference for industry experts worldwide. Highlight your company by advertising and connecting with a highly engaged audience of professionals in distribution, package design, testing, damage prevention, and sustainability. Deadline to submit an ad is August 31st.


Check out the following Distribution Environment Data Collection & Analysis courses that provide an in-depth discussion on the collection and analysis of shock & vibration data associated with the transport of products.  Now available online with ISTA’s improved and revamped learning platform, you can choose to go through all four courses in order or, you can take any one or more individual courses based on your area of interest.

  • DCA 101 | Introduction to Distribution Environment Data Collection & Analysis 
  • DCA 201 | Distribution Environment Data Collection
  • DCA 301 | Distribution Environment Data Analysis - Vehicle Vibration 
  • DCA 302 | Distribution Environment Data Analysis - Shock Impact & Drop

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