December 2023
News and updates for our packaging community.


Join us at the 2024 ISTA Forum, including TransPack & TempPack events, on April 22-24 at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina in San Diego, California. Our signature event is where the packaging community unites to tackle today's challenges, explore industry best practices, discover the latest trends, and collectively shape the future of transport packaging.


We're excited to offer in-person training sessions of our popular Packaging Dynamics Professional (ISTA PDP) Certification and Cold Chain courses prior to the ISTA Forum on Monday, April 22nd! Whether you're an experienced packaging professional looking to broaden your expertise or a newcomer seeking to gain essential knowledge, these training courses, led by industry experts, are great options to meet your specific needs.

Get a head start on your education and add a pre-forum training course to your ISTA Forum schedule:

  • ISTA Packaging Dynamics Professional Certification (ISTA PDP)
  • CC 201 | Introduction to BioPharma Cold Chain
  • CC 301 | User Requirement Specification (URS) to Operational Qualification (OQ)

Becoming an ISTA Forum Sponsor is more than a commitment; it's a strategic investment in the future of transport packaging. Your sponsorship enables us to provide essential opportunities, such as these events, for vital knowledge exchange, empowering research initiatives and strengthening industry standards. NEW THIS YEAR: To increase visibility and engagement, sponsors will enjoy a fully assembled exhibit kiosk displayed in the ‘Forum Networking Hub’ for all three days of the ISTA Forum. 

The ISTA Educational Foundation (ISTAEF) is hosting a special fundraising event at Mike Hess Brewing in Seaport Village on Monday, April 22nd, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Join us for a great opportunity to network, reconnect with friends, and contribute to raising funds for undergraduate research grants and scholarships. Your support will encourage research in undergraduate transport packaging and inspire the next wave of packaging industry leaders!

Add ISTA Packaging Dynamics Professional (ISTA PDP) expertise to your resume! Join Larry Dull for a Live Virtual Training event covers all six (6) courses required to obtain your ISTA PDP Certification.  Once you complete the following courses and pass the exam, you will receive your certification as an ISTA Packaging Dynamics Professional:
  • 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

Understand your supply chain! ISTA now offers Distribution Environment Data Collection & Analysis self-study courses providing an in-depth discussion on the collection and analysis of shock & vibration data associated with the transport of products. 

ISTA’s Online Self-Study module offers pre-recorded video presentation and supporting text for a flexible, self-paced learning experience. Opt for all four courses or choose specific ones based on your 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

Now available! The ISTA Pharma Committee and Lane Management Working Group have prepared the ISTA PCW-01 Lane Management Whitepaper to:
  1. Introduce the concept of Lane Management
  2. Establish a definition for Lane Management
  3. Provide an overview of the lifecycle approach to Lane Management
There are various industry guidance documents on the transport of temperature-sensitive products, but until now, there was no industry guidance or position documents on the topic of Lane Management. 

Click the button below to access all ISTA Pharma Committee guidelines and whitepapers.

We are now accepting nominations for the R. David LeButt Award, which honors packaging professionals for their outstanding contributions to education in transport packaging. The deadline for nominations is January 31, 2024. The selected recipient will be honored at ISTA's Annual Forum, April 22-24, 2024 in San Diego, California!

The ISTA Educational Foundation (ISTAEF) is seeking undergraduate research proposals focusing on minimizing product damage throughout distribution and optimizing resource usage through effective package design. ISTAEF will award two research grants of $4,500 each for Fall 2024 projects.

The submission deadline is March 29, 2024. Recipients of the grants will be announced at the 2024 ISTA Forum!

The 2023 ISTA China Packaging Symposium held in late October in Huagnshan, Anhui, was a resounding success, bringing together leading minds in the packaging industry. Organized by the International Safe Transit Association China Division and presented by the China Packaging Research & Test Center and China Packaging Research Institute, the event covered key topics such as ISTA test procedures, transport packaging design, e-commerce packaging, standardization, packaging design, cold-chain testing, and sustainable development.

Our thanks to speakers, attendees, exhibitors and sponsors for contributing to the event's success which is supported by CME Technology Co., Ltd. & Guangdong Labtone Test Equipment Co., Ltd. as Platinum Sponsor and HQTS QA International Services Co., Ltd., SGS-CSTC Standards Technical Services, SUZHOU SUSHI Testing Group Co., Ltd and SnT Consulting as Golden Sponsor.

Last month, Packaging professionals from around the globe gathered at the ISTA Asia-Pacific Packaging Symposium in Jeju Island, South Korea for presentations on sustainable packaging for transit, circular economy, advanced AI in packaging, load stability, and ISTA educational, research, and standards programs.

Thank you to all the attendees, hosts, and organizers - Korea Society of Packaging Science and Technology (KOPAST), APN, Korea Conformity Lab (KCL) and ISTA Asia Pacific Board Chair Jongkyoung Kim - for making this event a great success!

New career opportunities within the packaging community just added to ISTA’s Career Center! Check out the job postings at Ranpak, Michigan State University School of Packaging & WESTPAK, Inc.

Check out the ISTA Support Center! The Knowledge Base is a great resource of popular questions about membership, testing, ISTA PDP, and more. If you can't find the answer to your question, submit a ticket and we will get back to you!

Wishing everyone a safe and joyous holiday season! Please note that the ISTA Headquarters office will be closed from December 25 to December 29, 2023 (Monday to Friday) and on Monday, January 1, 2024, in observance of the holidays. Thank you to all our members for your continued support throughout 2023, and we look forward to seeing everyone in 2024!

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