January 2024
News and updates for our packaging community.

ISTA's new CC 101 | Principles of Cold Chain Packaging course is now available through ISTA's Online Learning System! CC 101 provides a broad overview of cold chain packaging used to ship temperature-sensitive products in bio, pharma, food & industrial markets.

CC 101 is a perfect introduction to basics for technicians, designers, engineers and those working in research & development, sales, marketing and management who can benefit from a strong foundational understanding of the principals of cold chain packaging. Consider adding this course to your new employee onboarding checklist!

The course covers the following topics:

  • Hazards in the Distribution Environment
  • Introduction to Cold Chain Packaging
  • Fundamentals of Heat Transfer
  • Temperature-Sensitive Products
  • Phase Change Materials
  • Cold Chain Packaging Solutions
  • Cold Chain Packaging System Testing
  • Cold Chain Packaging Temperature Monitoring
  • Pre-Qualified Cold Chain Solutions
  • Quality Control for Cold Chain Solutions

The course is delivered through ISTA's Online Learning System, which allows learners to access the course content at their own pace and convenience. The course consists of interactive modules, quizzes, videos and case studies that enhance the learning experience and provide practical examples of cold chain packaging applications.  The course also counts towards the ISTA Certified Packaging Dynamics Professional (ISTA PDP) program, which is the most recognized credential in the transit packaging space.


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. This year's program covers hot topics such as sustainability, e-commerce, packaging performance testing, optimization and damage reduction success stories, temperature-controlled packaging innovations & guidance, and more! Gain valuable insights and stay updated on the latest trends in the packaging industry.

New speakers have been added to the program lineup! Featured companies include:


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)

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!

The ISTA European Board is pleased to announce the election of Erich Steiner of Webston AG, as its new Chair and Alberto Tellechea of Safe Load Testing Technologies as Vice Chair. In addition, ISTA is pleased to welcome Carl Bramley of PPT Group UK Ltd t/a Mecmesin, Carlos Monerris of ITENE, Maja Midebo of Fiskars Group, and James White of Smithers as new member-at-large directors to ISTA’s European Board of Directors. ISTA is very fortunate to welcome these members with extensive experience in the packaging industry. 

You're invited to the ISTA Pharma Committee 'Connect' virtual meeting on Tuesday, February 6, from 12:00 PM to 12:45 PM EST. 

Join Arminda Montero of AbbVie and Karen Greene of Network Partners, the Co-Leads of the ISTA Pharma Committee Lane Management Working Group, as they dive into key aspects of the ISTA PCW-01 | Lane Management Whitepaper. Don't miss this chance to gain valuable insights and contribute to the discussion.


Happening next week! 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

Get your nominations in 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!

Join the PackSight team on February 21 for PackSight Office Hours! In this live session, the PackSight team will provide a demo and answer your questions about using the PackSight tool. Bring your questions or simply join to listen & learn. You can ask your questions live or use this form to submit your questions prior to the session.

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!

Looking for an ISTA Certified Lab or Packaging Services? Explore our Find A Lab or Services tool! With over 16,000 searches made in 2023, our powerful search tool allows you to pinpoint a testing laboratory equipped to handle your specific testing needs and discover companies that specialize in package design, test equipment, packaging supplies, and more.


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!

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ISTA InTouch E-Newsletter - January 2024