ISTA will formally release the first global method for standardizing the establishment of insulating shipper container (ISC) performance, Standard 20, on September 21st. The standard aims to remove the subjectivity and interpretation of guidelines from the method by which ISCs have been tested historically.
In its next cycle, the Packaging, Storage, and Distribution Expert Committee of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) will be addressing some of the challenges the pharmaceutical industry is facing in terms of supply-chain management, testing for extractables and leachables, and testing of glass, plastic, and metal container closure systems. The 2010–2015 committee will be led by chair Mary Foster, Pharm.D., vice president of quality for Catalent Pharma Solutions.
Envirotainer reports that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has awarded it with the airworthiness certificate for Envirotainer’s newest development, the RAP e2 container. The Envirotainer RAP e2 container is an active temperature-controlled container featuring electrical heating and compressor cooling to maintain temperature control in tough environments.
Envirotainer first introduced electrical heating and compressor cooling container, the RKN e1, to the market in 2005.
With Article Contributors:
Ed Church, President, ISTA
Karen Greene, ISTA Certified Auditor, Life Packaging Technology
Jim Cox, ISTA Certified Auditor, MJ Enterprises Inc.
Expanded polystyrene (EPS) is often a preferred material for thermal containers. A cost-effective insulating material, EPS also features high performance in shock absorption and compression resistance.
From an environmental standpoint, it is often saddled with a bad rap as an inert material that doesn’t degrade in landfills, according to speakers at a panel presentation on green transportation packaging at Interphex.
ThermoSafe Brands has added GreenBox to its family of temperature-controlled transportation packaging. Tegrant Corp. President & CEO Ronald Leach and ThermoSafe Brands’ President Colleen Bohn announced the acquisition of GreenBox from Entropy Solutions Inc. in a press release. In addition to the acquisition, the companies have forged an exclusive worldwide license agreement for PureTemp phase-change materials in the life sciences market and an on-going technology development agreement between ThermoSafe Brands and Entropy Solutions Inc.
CSafe LLC (Dayton, OH) and Cathay Pacific have signed a master lease agreement enabling the airlines to use CSafe’s active temperature-controlled containers. CSafe manufactures the AcuTemp RKN active temperature-controlled cargo container, which has been approved by the FAA and EASA for shipping products with temperature requirements between +4 degrees C to +25 degrees C.
Cryopak, a TCP Reliable company, will participate in this year's MD&M East Show at the Innovation Briefs Theater. Anthony Alleva, Technical Services Manager for Cryopak, will present "Leveraging New Refrigerant Technologies: Phase Change Materials in Temperature Controlled Package Design." Join Alleva on Wednesday June 9th at booth #2673 from 11:40 to 12:10.
Tegrant Corporation, ThermoSafe Brands (Arlington Heights, IL) has introduced a new insulated pallet shipper with advanced characteristics. The ThermoSafe® EF4100 Pallet Shipper has been specifically designed for life science customers, by life science customers, to use in the transport of high-value, temperature-sensitive, pharmaceutical, biological, and vaccine products, the company says.
Transporting pharmaceuticals and their packaging components is undoubtedly a hot topic for the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association’s (NWPCA). On its Web site (www.palletcentral.com), NWPCA reports that it has been fielding inquiries from pallet users concerned about the recent recall by McNeil Consumer Healthcare. The recall involved complaints of a moldy or mildewy smell; McNeil reportedly believes the smell was caused by the chemical 2,4,6 Tribromoanisole (TBA), a known degradant of 2,4,6 Tribromophenol (TBP) used in pallets that housed packaging supplies.