October 2023
News and updates for our packaging community.

HAPPENING THIS THURSDAY! In this Live Virtual Training, you will learn who, what, why, where of cold chain, including:

  • 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.)


In this Live Virtual Training, ISTA instructor Larry Dull will cover all six (6) courses required to obtain your ISTA Packaging Dynamics Professional (PDP) Certification. Once you complete these courses and pass the exam, you will receive your certification as an ISTA Packaging Dynamics Professional.


In this Live Virtual Training, you will learn the how of cold chain by taking the fundamentals of the first class and putting it into practice. Topics include how to create a robust URS, how to design and implement your OQ process and more!


The ISTA Pharma Committee is hosting its annual Technical Exchange this Wednesday, November 1st, from 11:00-12:30 EST. You're invited to participate, learn more, provide feedback, and ask questions. This virtual industry discussion is open to all! Discussion topics include:
  • Update on the Committee's Progress:
    • Review of Guidance Documents to date
    • Global Events Summary
    • Details on getting involved
  • Spotlight on Three New Whitepapers:
    • Lane Management
    • Shipping and Distribution Risk Assessment
    • Thermal Modeling
  • What's Next for the Committee:
    • Future Topics of Interest Discussion & Voting


There is still time to register for the 7th edition of the 2023 ISTA Asia Pacific Packaging Symposium on November 15, in Jeju Island, South Korea! This event aims to bring together academic scholars and students, as well as industry experts, to share knowledge and raise awareness about packaging-related education and activities. 

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.


Thank you to our engaging attendees, outstanding speakers and generous sponsors for making the 2023 ISTA European Packaging Symposium in Amsterdam a great success! Stay tuned for details on the 2024 ISTA European Packaging Symposium, including dates & location.

Session recordings from the European Packaging Symposium held in Amsterdam are now available in ISTA's Online Learning Platform. Attendees of the event receive free access to all recordings from the General Program and Temperature-Sensitive Life Science Product Distribution track.


Prior to the European Packaging Symposium, ISTA's Larry Dull led first ever in-person training of the Packaging Dynamics Professional (ISTA PDP) Certification in Amsterdam! Thank you to the following attendees for participating:
  • Carlos Castro, Golden Puma Consulting
  • Ozgecan Cit, Getinge
  • Kurt De Somviele, Newell Brands
  • Ismael Gracia, Industrias Celulosa Aragonesa
  • Phil Knight, Sonoco ThermoSafe
  • Nicola Mantovani, Haier Europe
  • Erdal Ozgur, Getinge
  • Stien Pauwels, Pfizer
  • Ahmet Salihoglu, Getinge
  • Sven Verhulst, Newell Brands
  • Berke Can Yilmaz, Getinge
  • Giovanni Rissi

PackSight, powered by Specright, is ISTA’s online test planning and reporting platform. It automatically generates test plans for ISTA test procedures and makes test reports ready for you to use and share in your organization and with your key stakeholders. To learn more about why we built PackSight and the outcomes it enables, read our eBook Transforming Packaging Performance with PackSight.

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.
Here's a popular question we're being asked right now:
How do I recertify my Packaging Dynamics Professional (PDP) certification?

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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ISTA InTouch E-Newsletter - October 2023