ISTA 7E- Testing Standard for Thermal Transport Packaging Used in Parcel Delivery System Shipment
ISTA 7E is a new version of the 7-Series tests that evaluates the effects of external temperature exposures of individual packaged-products shipped through parcel delivery system. When used as a stand alone standard, it is useful for general testing and qualification of insulated shipping containers.
Testing to ISTA 7E standards is recommended to comply with Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) guidelines. It also validates insulated shipping container thermal performance. The qualification process benefits the end user of the product and the product supplier. With thermal packaging, the product can be sure to have the maximum shelf life possible. The supply chain is streamlined which results in lower costs, making the product all around more affordable.
To begin testing for ISTA 7E, the test lab will need to obtain the appropriate number of samples for testing. The package and product should be unused to achieve the best test results that are an accurate representation of shipping conditions on the sample. If the actual package and product is not available, substitutes can be used, they must be as close to the actual sample as possible. During testing, the product and package are considered one unit. ISTA recommends that three samples be tested, using a new sample each time for accurate results. The refrigerant or temperature stabilizer should be the actual one used during production. To ensure perfect test samples, they should be shipped in an over box or assembled at the laboratory. The test specimen will undergo temperature conditioning. To measure performance, ISTA guidelines will be used to establish criteria. The package will be placed in conditioning chambers and adjusted to the desired temperature and humidity that is specified. The package will be observed for any damage, degradation or indicators of failure- damage to the product or package.
At the conclusion of testing, Keystone will write a comprehensive report that outlines the specific test procedure used. This includes the temperature and humidity variances that the test specimen was subject to. Additionally, the lab will record the package and product measurements, size, weight, etc.
ISTA 7E is one of the necessary steps in acquiring the ISTA Thermal Transport Certification Mark. The mark is a registered certification mark that can only be printed on certified packages, used by license agreement, and by an ISTA member. In order to maintain certification, retesting must be done whenever there is a change to the manufacturing process or package itself.
Keystone Package Testing has many conditioning chambers of various sizes. We are able to test multiple specimen at once which results in faster turnaround times. We can accommodate almost any package and have experience testing packaging for different environmental conditions. Our lab technicians are knowledgeable and experiences in ISTA testing guidelines. They work with companies to ensure they are in compliance with regulations. Our full-time report writers provide reports that are accepted globally. To begin the ISTA 7E testing process, just request a quote or call us at (724) 657-9940.