ISTA Testing: Transit Simulation

Packaging Compliance Labs holds a certification from the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) to conduct package testing and provide ISTA validation services for non-ISTA members. ISTA testing requirements test packaging to ensure it meets the requirements necessary to avoid damage during transit and ensures product integrity throughout the shipping process. At Packaging Compliance Labs we offer the following ISTA transit test procedures:

  • ISTA 1A
  • ISTA 2A
  • ISTA 3A

Industry Application

ISTA testing procedures offer an alternative to the traditional ASTM D4169 transit simulation. It provides schedules that can cater to many types of shipping units. For medical packaging testing, the small parcel environment often represents the “worst case” shipping configuration. ISTA 1A, 2A or 3A are good starting points for small parcel testing, with 3A representing the most severe conditions. It is important to note that ISTA 3A is the only FDA-recognized consensus standard from this series. This is not to say that other simulations are not used in practice. We can help you identify a simulation that best represents your expected shipping environment for validations.

technician performing a transit test