January 2022
News and updates for our packaging community.

Come experience the 2022 ISTA Forum, including TransPack and TempPack in-person events, April 11-13 at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina in beautiful San Diego, California. Our signature event, the ISTA Forum is where the packaging community comes together to tackle today’s challenges, explore industry best practices, discover latest trends, and shape the future of transport packaging. 

The ISTA Forum is the most important, most well-attended global industry event dedicated to transport packaging - Register today! Visit the ISTA Forum website to check out the exciting line-up of program speakers, the full event schedule, our COVID-19 Safety Policy, sponsorship & exhibiting opportunities and MORE!


New Pre-Forum Training!

When: Monday, April 11, 2022 from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM ​
Join Carolyn Williamson, President of Parental Supply Chain, and Eric Silberstein, Principal of eBiotech Consulting, LLC for an in-person training at the ISTA Forum where you will learn: 
  • Basics of a cold chain program 
  • ​Attributes of a gold standard cold chain program 
  • Guiding standards for the industry 
  • An introduction to the Shipping Qualification Process Flow 
  • Lessons learned on selecting test labs and suppliers (labs, packaging, recording devices, etc) 

When: Monday, April 11, 2022 from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Join Carolyn Williamson, President of Parental Supply Chain, and Eric Silberstein, Principal of eBiotech Consulting, LLC for an in-person training at the ISTA Forum where you will learn: 
  • How to create a robust URS
  • How to design and implement your OQ process
  • Navigating Change Control to implement your Qualified System
  • Lessons learned on implementing a Qualified Shipping System
  • Case studies

When: Monday, April 11, 2022 from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The learning objectives that should be expected after completion of the Principles of Distribution Packaging Training at the ISTA Forum include:
  • Have a better understanding of the roles of the different layers of packaging in distribution.  
  • Understand the fundamentals of corrugated and making sustainable packaging decisions.  
  • Understand the importance of preshipment testing and the role ISTA plays in test standard development.  
  • Understand the various commerce and supply channels which challenge packaging and drive design decisions.

When: Monday, April 11, 2022 from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Join Larry Dull, ISTA's lead instructor, for this one-half day training program at the ISTA Forum on the implementation of our Responsible Packaging by Design (RPbD) recommended guideline. This training will be followed by an exam which, if successfully passed, will lead to a certification in the use of the guideline.

Watch now! Recently held ISTA Europe Webinars are now available for viewing!




Did you know?
PackSight's powerful custom test builder feature makes it easy for you to customize a test specific to your distribution chain. 

  • Link individual test elements or ingredients together from the existing 3-series or 6-series test blocks to build your own test or recipe that meets your supply chain needs. 
  • Plus, save your test as a template for your entire team to use again and again. 
  • Make your own recipe with our exiting ingredients, equations & logic. 
  • Or, modify the ingredients as you wish to make it your own!


Our helpful website Support Center 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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Just in!
New job postings in our industry are updated regularly at ISTA's Career Center! Opportunities at Johnson ControlsWestpak Inc., Smithers, Veritiv, and Keurig Dr. Pepper have just been added. 

Get noticed! ISTA Certified Labs and Members offering Packaging Services: Increase your visibility and help your customers find you on one of the most visited pages of the ISTA website. Add your company logo to your listing that appears in ISTA’s Find a Lab and Packaging Related Services search tool.


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ISTA InTouch E-Newsletter - January 2022