February 2024
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. 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. Last days to save – discounted early-bird rate ends March 3rd!


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.

Looking to earn ISTA PDP recertification points? These courses help you work towards your ISTA PDP recertification. Add a pre-forum training course to your ISTA Forum schedule:

The ISTA Educational Foundation (ISTAEF) is hosting a special fundraising event at Mike Hess Brewing in Seaport Village, San Diego, California, on Monday, April 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.!

If you are in the San Diego area or plan to attend the 2024 ISTA Forum, join us for beer & tacos to support a great cause! Take advantage of this great opportunity to network, reconnect with friends, and raise funds for undergraduate research grants and scholarships.



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 also counts towards earning recertification points for the ISTA Certified Packaging Dynamics Professional (ISTA PDP) program, which is the most recognized credential in the transit packaging space.


NEW LIVE VIRTUAL TRAINING HAPPENING MAY 16th: Join CC 101 instructor William Pelletier, Ph.D. on May 16 for a Live Virtual Training option of this course. Click the button below to learn more and register to attend.


If you would like to contribute to ISTA and the packaging industry, volunteering in ISTA’s Test Series Group (TSG) is a great place to start. The TSG is ISTA’s consensus body responsible for voting on proposed new ISTA test protocols, technical revisions, reaffirmation of existing ISTA Protocols, and managing the TSG membership roster. To ensure balance and openness, involvement in the TSG is open to both ISTA members and non-members. 

As part of ISTA’s 2024 annual protocol review, the Standards Council is seeking your feedback, through a brief survey, on protocols 3B, 3L, 6-Amazon.com-Over Box, and 6-FedEx-B. The information will be reviewed by the Standards Council to help understand how the protocols are utilized, effectiveness, as well as to identify both Technical and Editorial improvement opportunities.  Your participation and feedback are appreciated!

ICYMI: The ISTA Pharma Committee and Shipping & Distribution Risk Assessment Working Group have prepared the ISTA PCW-02: Shipping & Distribution Risk Assessment Whitepaper to provide an overview for developing a Shipping and Distribution Risk Assessment (RA) for the distribution of temperature-sensitive product shipments.

The content and examples provided in this document are to be used for general industry guidance and awareness to drive a standardized best practice approach for conducting Shipping and Distribution Risk Assessments.




Our Distribution Environment Data Collection & Analysis Online Self-Study courses provide an in-depth discussion on the collection and analysis of shock & vibration data associated with the transport of products. Choose to go through all four courses in order or, take any one or more of the following 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

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 - February 2024