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Seeking Workgroup Participants
New Protocol Development: Intermodal Freight Transport

ISTA has received a request for the development of an Intermodal test procedure. The submitted proposal was approved by the ISTA Testing Council for consideration by the ISTA Test Series Group (consensus body).

As part of our established process for protocol creation and maintenance, an ad hoc workgroup is being formed to develop the draft documents for voting. For details on the procedure change request, please click the following link :NEW TEST PROTOCOL REQUEST - Intermodal

If you are interested in participating in the workgroup and contributing to the development of the draft documents for this proposal, please contact Eric Hiser at EHiser@ISTA.org

 


ISTA Procedures 3A, 3B and 3E Recognized by FDA as Consensus Standards
For many years ISTA test procedures have been referenced in ISO 11607 which serves as the principal guidance document for validating terminally sterilized medical device packaging systems. Recently ISTA took the steps required to also have ISTA 3A, 3B, and 3E directly recognized by the FDA. With the FDA’s announcement in Vol. 81, No. 183 of the Federal Register on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 ISTA 3A, 3B, and 3E were officially recognized by the FDA as consensus standards and are now present on the FDA’s CDRH Recognized Consensus Standards Database.

 


Online Testing Platform
Seeking Your Input

ISTA is exploring the potential of developing an online testing platform to save time and improve package testing. As part of this undertaking, we are seeking to understand how much testing is being conducted in laboratories world-wide. Please take this opportunity to improve testing within our industry and provide feedback in an anonymous 10 question survey. Your input is valued and imperative. As a member driven association with a mission to enhance the effectiveness of package design and testing, we are reliant on guidance from industry professionals to guide projects such as this.


Formation of a Workgroup
New Protocol Development: ISTA 6-Series (CLOSED)

ISTA has received a request for a new protocol to be developed. The submitted New Test Protocol Request Form was reviewed and agreed to by ISTA’s Testing Council, via a ¾ majority vote to move forward with the proposal.

As part of the established process for the proposal of new test protocols and the technical revision, reaffirmation or withdrawal, or termination of a protocol as detailed in the ANSI essential requirements, an ad hoc workgroup shall be initiated to develop any draft documents required for any given proposal. For details on the procedure change request, please click on the following link. NEW TEST PROTOCOL REQUEST - 6-Amazon.com-OB (2016)

If you are interested in participating in the workgroup and contributing to the development of the draft documents for this proposal, please contact Eric Hiser at EHiser@ISTA.org before Thursday, September 2, 2016.

 


Seeking Workgroup Participants
ISTA Procedure 3A (CLOSED)

ISTA has received a request for changes to be made to a procedure. The submitted Protocol Maintenance Request Form was reviewed and agreed to by ISTA’s Testing Council, via a majority vote to move forward with the proposal.

As part of the established process for the proposal of new test protocols and the technical revision, reaffirmation or withdrawal, or termination of a protocol as detailed in the ANSI essential requirements, an ad hoc workgroup shall be initiated to develop any draft documents required for any given proposal. For details on the procedure change request, please click on the following link. TECHNICAL CHANGE REQUEST – 3A (2016)

If you are interested in participating in the workgroup and contributing to the development of the draft documents for this proposal, please contact Eric Hiser at EHiser@ISTA.org before Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

 


Seeking Workgroup Participants
ISTA Procedure 3B (CLOSED)

ISTA has received a request for changes to be made to a procedure. The submitted Protocol Maintenance Request Form was reviewed and agreed to by ISTA’s Testing Council, via a majority vote to move forward with the proposal.

As part of the established process for the proposal of new test protocols and the technical revision, reaffirmation or withdrawal, or termination of a protocol as detailed in the ANSI essential requirements, an ad hoc workgroup shall be initiated to develop any draft documents required for any given proposal. For details on the procedure change request, please click on the following link. TECHNICAL CHANGE REQUEST – 3B (2016)

If you are interested in participating in the workgroup and contributing to the development of the draft documents for this proposal, please contact Eric Hiser at EHiser@ISTA.org before Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

 


Seeking Workgroup Participants
ISTA Procedure 3E (CLOSED)

ISTA has received a request for changes to be made to a procedure. The submitted Protocol Maintenance Request Form was reviewed and agreed to by ISTA’s Testing Council, via a majority vote to move forward with the proposal.

As part of the established process for the proposal of new test protocols and the technical revision, reaffirmation or withdrawal, or termination of a protocol as detailed in the ANSI essential requirements, an ad hoc workgroup shall be initiated to develop any draft documents required for any given proposal. For details on the procedure change request, please click on the following link. TECHNICAL CHANGE REQUEST – 3E (2016)

If you are interested in participating in the workgroup and contributing to the development of the draft documents for this proposal, please contact Eric Hiser at EHiser@ISTA.org before Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

 


ISTA's Sustainability Solutions Division Board
Sustainable Transportation Packaging: An Introduction

ISTA's Sustainability Solutions Division Board has collaboratively produced a presentation to provide a basic introduction to sustainable packaging. Download the pdf here: An Introduction to Sustainable Transportation Packaging

 


Seeking Workgroup Participants
Test Protocol Development

ISTA has received a request for the creation of a Reusability Test Protocol. The submitted proposal was approved by the ISTA Testing Council for consideration by the ISTA Test Series Group (consensus body).

As part of our established process for protocol creation and maintenance, an ad hoc workgroup is being formed to develop the draft documents for voting. For details on the test protocol request, please click the following link: NEW TEST PROTOCOL REQUEST - Reusable Standard (ISTA SSD)

If you are interested in participating in the workgroup and contributing to the development of the draft documents for this proposal, please contact Eric Hiser at EHiser@ISTA.org.

 


Air Transport Study Now Available
Air Shipment Environment Package Study: Jay Singh, Koushik Saha & Paul Singh

A study was recently conducted by the packaging program at Cal Poly State University in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to characterize the environmental conditions packages are likely to experience during normal conditions of air transport. Authors Dr. Jay Singh, Dr. Koushik Saha and Dr. S. Paul Singh found that “…that package design qualification testing, commonly in use today, may not be representative of the normal condition experienced in air transport for certain hazard elements.”

Air Shipment Environment Package Study Description: The objective of this study was to characterize the environmental conditions packages are likely to experience during “normal conditions of transport” using the modern air transportation and cargo handling systems. In addition, this study was to provide a uniform basis for evaluating the ability of packages to withstand the hazards associated with the distribution environment as it relates to the air transportation of cargo.

These findings are under consideration by the ISTA Technical Division Board for utilization in future ISTA Air Transport test procedures.

DOWNLOAD NOW: ISTA members and non-members have access to the full version of this latest air transport study by downloading now or by visiting ISTA's Technical Library.

 


ISTA Announces New 6-Series Member Performance Test
Project 6-Amazon.com-B
Heavy/Bulky Packaged-Products for Amazon.com Distribution System Shipment

A new 6-Series Member Performance Test, Project 6-Amazon.com-B has been approved by the ISTA Testing Council and is now available for use. Project 6-Amazon.com-B was developed as a general simulation test for heavy and/or bulky packaged-products shipped through Amazon’s distribution system to final customer destinations. A global effort by Amazon to institute this test project will be done through volunteer vendors, identified key vendors, recommendation in the Vendor Guidelines for Selling on Amazon.com and a plan to incorporate testing as part the Direct Imports Compliance Program. The implementation strategy will start taking place immediately and continue into 2015.

Project 6-Amazon.com-B is for items weighing greater than 70 lbs (32 kg) shipped initially palletized or floor loaded by Vendors to Amazon.com Fulfillment Centers being delivered to final customer destinations via Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) or parcel delivery systems. It challenges the capability of both package and product to withstand transport hazards normally encountered during handling and transportation.

This test is currently in the Project phase (pilot stage) and will be improved upon if/where needed using feedback from users of the test. It is requested that you share your feedback and other data from any testing conducted using this test including number of tests conducted, failure/success rate, types of failures, test performance compared to real world comparison, and any other helpful data points. Please share your feedback with package-testing@amazon.com. Amazon.com will share this data with ISTA in an effort to improve the effectiveness of the test protocol.

DOWNLOAD OR PURCHASE NOW: The full project is available for download by ISTA Members through the ISTA Member Center or for purchase by non-members through the ISTA E-Market.

ISTA 6-Series tests are considered "Member Performance Tests". They are test protocols created by ISTA members to meet their particular purposes and applications. The tests may be completely original, or may be modifications or variations of current ISTA Procedures or Projects or other published and accepted tests. ISTA reviews and accepts these tests, but primary responsibility rests with the originating member.

ISTA Certified Laboratories capable of performing this project have already been contacted by ISTA. If your lab is 6-Amazon.com-B capable and you have not been contacted, please contact ista@ista.org to have your account amended.

 


ISTA Accredited as an ANSI Standards Developing Organization
ISTA is pleased to announce that the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) Executive Standards Council (ExSC) has approved ISTA as an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer under its proposed operating procedures for documenting consensus on ISTA-sponsored American National Standards.

“We are very excited and proud to receive this designation,” commented Matt Daum, Hewlett Packard, ISTA’s Global Board Chair. “Being accredited by ANSI as a standards developing organization further validates ISTA as the industry leader in the development of pre-shipment performance testing protocols for packaged products.”

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) coordinates, facilitates, and promotes the development of voluntary consensus standards that are relied upon by industry, government agencies, and consumers across the United States and around the world. ANSI fosters the U.S. standardization system by accrediting the procedures of standard-setting organizations and subsequently approving individual documents as American National Standards (ANS).

In order to maintain ANSI accreditation, standards developers must adhere to the ANSI Essential Requirements that govern the consensus development process of American National Standards. All interested and affected parties can participate in a standard's development, as standards developers accredited by ANSI must meet the requirements for "openness, balance, consensus and other due process safeguards,” according to ANSI.

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has served in its capacity as administrator and coordinator of the United States private sector voluntary standardization system for more than 80 years. Founded in 1918 by five engineering societies and three government agencies, the Institute remains a private, nonprofit membership organization supported by a diverse constituency of private and public sector organizations.

Click here for access to the Press Release.

 


Pre-Conditioning added to 1-Series Test Procedures
The 1-Series TSG and Technical Division Board have voted to approve adding a required 12-hour pre-conditioning sequence to all 1-Series Test Procedures. The 12 hour pre-conditioning sequence calls for the packaged-product to be stored at laboratory ambient temperature and humidity. New versions of the 1-Series procedures are now available in the ISTA E-Market and Member Center.

 


Membership Review of ISTA Procedures 1A, 1B & 1C
A survey was sent to ISTA membership in the Q1 of 2013 asking for input on ISTA Procedures 1A, 1B & 1C. The results of the survey were then reviewed by ISTA’s Technical Division Board during their spring meeting at the TransPack Forum.

Multiple survey comments suggested changing the fixed displacement vibration used in 1A and 1B to random vibration. This testing option (random vibration with either the 1A or 1B drop sequence) does exist in the form of Procedure 1G (Packaged-Products 150 lb (68 kg) or Less (Random Vibration)) and Procedure 1H (Packaged-Products Over 150 lb (68 kg) (Random Vibration)). Several comments regarding editorial changes and frequency of member use were also received.

After review of the survey results, the Technical Division Board did not feel that it was necessary to recommend altering any of the current components found in the 1A, 1B & 1C testing procedures at this time. The Technical Division Board, however, has recommended that the ISTA Testing Council consider adding pre-conditioning as a required component of the 1-Series test sequences. A request to make this addition to the current 1-Series tests will be submitted to the Testing Council.

 


ISTA Procedures / Projects Discontinued in 2013
The ISTA Technical Division, after a successful ballot from the appropriate ISTA Test Series Groups, has approved the discontinuation of seven (7) ISTA Procedures and Projects starting in January 2013. The following Procedures or Projects will NOT be published after 2013:

• ISTA Procedure 2D (use ISTA Procedure 3A-flat)

• ISTA Procedure 2E (use ISTA Procedure 3A-elongated)

• ISTA Procedure 2F (use NCC LTL Item 180, available from National Motor Freight Traffic Association www.nmfta.org)

• ISTA Project 7A*

• ISTA Procedure 7B*

• ISTA Procedure 7C*

*The ISTA Technical Division will be considering adding test methods for reusables into existing ISTA procedures OR will develop a new project for reusables that will encompass the 3 discontinued 7-Series projects and procedures.

In addition, ISTA Procedure 7D, which was set for discontinuation in 2012, has been extended. You will find Procedure 7D, with editorial changes, included in the 2013 ISTA Resource Book. ISTA Members can download 7D through their Member Center account; non-members can order it through the ISTA E-Market.