ISTA Certification – What is it?

May 04, 2012 08:44

The International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) is a non-profit organization that helps its members identify the best possible shipping solutions by developing effective packaging, methods and logistics systems. ISTA has created the leading industry test standards worldwide and is now the most reputable authority in package-performance testing. The certification process is proof that your company’s packaging solutions are sustainable enough to survive the transit process. Presence of the ISTA Transit Tested certification mark is an advantage because it shows customers that the package has passed ISTA laboratory testing and met all requirements. Any company may test a package using an ISTA test procedure, but only ISTA members receive certification and are allowed to print the ISTA Transit Tested certification mark on their packages.

ISTA has two types of tests:

  •  Performance Tests: To determine the capability of a packaged product to survive shipment, it must pass this assessment test
  • Development Tests: Compares the performance of designs from different suppliers.

ISTA also focuses on the professionals in the workplace who are responsible for creating these sustainable shipping solutions. The ISTA Certified Packaging Laboratory Professional (CPLP) program was designed for ISTA members to increase credibility of certification. This program recognizes the excellence in packaging laboratory professionals at three levels: Technician, Technologist and Professional. Technician and Technologists require exams, while Professionals require certification based on a resume of accomplishments.

Ranpak's ISTA Certified Lab

At Ranpak, we believe in providing packaging solutions that ensure your product arrives at its destination safely. Our package engineers take pride in utilizing our ISTA certified laboratory to ensure our package designs will perform well in your unique distribution environment.  Equipment such as a drop tester and a vibration table allow our package engineers to run performance tests on packages to ensure durability.  With proven expertise in packaging, we are one of only 369 ISTA certified laboratories in the world.

For more information, visit the Package Engineering page on our website.


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