February 2022
News and updates for our packaging community.

Greg Batt, ISTA's Global Board of Directors Chair, invites you to beautiful San Diego, California for the 2022 ISTA Forum! We're thrilled to see you again!

Visit the ISTA Forum website to check out the exciting line-up of program speakers, the full schedule, training sessions, sponsorship & exhibiting opportunities and MORE!

Not registered yet?
Use code SANDIEGOSUN and SAVE $125 off registration!

The ISTA Forum will be held at the beautiful Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina in San Diego, California. The hotel room block cut-off is MARCH 21
We encourage attendees to book your hotel room as soon as possible to secure the special room block rate!


As part of ISTA’s 2022 annual protocol review, the Standards Council is seeking your feedback, through a brief survey, on protocols 3A, 3B, and 3E. 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!

When: Monday, April 11, 2022 from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM ​
This training will be instructed by ISTA Pharma Committee Members and industry leaders Carolyn Williamson and Eric Silberstein. In this Who, What, Why, Where of Cold Chain training at the ISTA Forum 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
This training will be instructed by ISTA Pharma Committee Members and industry leaders Carolyn Williamson and Eric Silberstein. 
  • 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.



More PackSight Office Hours are available! Office Hours are interactive sessions where the PackSight team will answer your questions about using the powerful new custom test builder or about any aspect of the tool. Ask questions live or use this form to submit your questions prior to the sessions. We’re excited to have you join us, ask away!






Did you know? 
PackSight's powerful custom test builder feature makes it easy for you to customize a test specific to your distribution chain. Visit the PackSight webpage to learn about benefits, features, how to get PackSight & check out past webinars!

We want to hear from you! The ISTA Pharma Committee is seeking industry peer review on the latest best practice guideline "Thermal Shipping System: Performance Qualification (PQ) and Performance Verification (PV) Best Practice Guideline".

The goal is to have principles described in this guidance be adopted by the entire pharmaceutical supply chain, to harmonize/standardize the requirements that should be met when executing a PQ/PV on thermal shipping systems. The deadline for comments is Monday, March 14


ICYMI: The ISTA Pharma Committee hosted a special Technical Exchange to continue the industry discussion on how to shape the future of ISTA Standard 20 and 7E as well as review and vote on the next committee activity topics. 


Mark your calendars! Join us at the Open Pharma Committee Meeting being held at TempPack during the ISTA Forum in San Diego, California.


ANNOUNCING NEW DATES! We are pleased to announce the 2022 ISTA European Packaging Symposium will be held 4-5 October 2022 in Berlin, Germany at the Courtyard Marriott Berlin City Center. 

Topics at the European Packaging Symposium include:
  • Exploring the future of effective package design
  • Insights on today's e-commerce and sustainability challenges
  • New solutions to help shape the future of transport packaging

New job postings in our industry are updated regularly at ISTA's Career Center! Opportunities at Johnson ControlsWestpak Inc. and Keurig Dr. Pepper have just been added. 

Follow us on social for more packaging news, industry insights and announcements!
Advertise in this newsletter: https://ista.org/advertise_with_ista.php
ISTA InTouch E-Newsletter - February 2022