September 2021
News and updates for our packaging community.

Three Key Things Happening at ISTA







Did you know? PackSight’s new webpage reporting now offers embedded videos! Labs can include testing videos to PackSight reports and easily share them with customers via unique password-protected link. Plus, you can add larger photos to the report and not worry about inbox size limits! Make sure you're requesting an ISTA PackSight Test Report!




The ISTA Pharma Committee is hosting its annual Technical Exchange this October during two virtual meetings. In the first session, the Pharma Committee will provide an update to the industry on the committee’s latest activities. The second session will be an open industry discussion about the latest industry trends and ISTA Standard 20 and 7E.

The deadline to submit your abstract to be considered for a speaker role at the 2022 TransPack or TempPack events is October 15, 2021. Check out the target topics ISTA is looking for this year, and click the links below for more information.

TransPack provides a balance of valuable presentations, case studies, research and solutions surrounding the optimization of packaging for transport.

Target topics of interest:
Packaging Performance Testing Applications and Research  |  Challenges of Protective Package Design | Quality Assurance and Validation Best Practices  |  Damage Reduction Success Stories  |  e-Commerce Packaging  |  Sustainable Packaging Development  |  Optimization of Packaging  |  Systems Case Studies





TempPack focuses on technical topics related to global temperature controlled performance packaging.

Target topics of interest:
COVID-19 Challenges and Key Learnings  |  Frozen Shipment Best Practices and Case Studies  |  Real-Time Monitoring & Monitor Qualification  |  Sustainability Case Studies of Re-Use vs. Single Use  |  New Methods for Protecting High Value Product in the Supply Chain  |  Use of the Internet of Things (IoT) for Gathering or Acting on Temperature Data Within a Supply Chain  |  Innovative Cold Chain Packaging Solutions





ISTA is offering a webinar training program on the implementation of ISTA's Responsible Packaging by Design (RPbD) recommended guideline on Thursday, October 28, 2021 from 10:30am-3:30pm EST. Whether seeking to test the waters, training to implement the program, or obtain a professional certificate, the RPbD training program can help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to build your company’s reputation as an environmentally and socially conscious corporate citizen – and drive profitability.





The ISTA Asia Pacific Packaging Symposium will be held on December 2, 2021 in Jeon-ju, South Korea.

Call for speakers: If you are interested in submitting a proposal to be considered for the Symposium, click the link below for more information.





The next ISTA European Packaging Symposium will be held 1-3 March, 2022 in Berlin, Germany at the Courtyard by Marriott Berlin City Center.

Call for speakers:  If you are interested in submitting a proposal to be considered for the webinars or the 2022 Symposium, click the link below for more information.


The ISTA European Division Board has organized the following webinars to be held this November, December and January with the European market in mind. Scheduled during convenient times for people in Europe, the webinars are open and complimentary to anyone interested in attending!





Register now to attend the 2021 Omni-Channel Packaging Strategies Webinars. In lieu of an in-person 2021 event, ISTA will be hosting November and December webinar events. Registration is open and free to anyone interested in attending!






ISTA's Standards Council has approved the formation of an ad hoc workgroup to begin vetting research recently collected in India and to build a plan to validate any resultant draft test ingredients. The ultimate outcome of this workgroup would be to present the Standards Council (Stage 3 in ISTA's test development process) a draft test protocol that accounts for this region and represents the research collected. To review the workgroup expectations and sign up, click the link below.




Did you know our new website includes 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. Plus, if you can’t find an answer to your question, you can easily submit a ticket and we’ll get back to you.
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New videos have been added to ISTA's Videos On-Demand page. Members have free access to the latest webinars and years of video educational content. Check it out!



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