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Status:Closed    Asked:Jan 10, 2013 - 06:55 AM

Hii, i just wonder if ISTA 3A cover for example ISTA 2A? or are they two different independent test procedures?

We have an ionizer brand "lightAir" and customer mostly in USA requires 3A, we have ISTA2A today and we are now in update of all certifications, therefore our question to you.

If we apply for ISTA3A do we still need to update and re-test 2A or will ISTA 3A cover ISTA 2A or are they independent of each other and totally different test standards...

We want to know due we have several of different customer whom use companies like UPS, Feedex for postal delivery and we have bigger companies with parcel systems and i guess we might has to apply for some different procedures to meet our customers requirement as well


Thanks in advance!

Best Regards

Peter Holmberg

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Hello Peter,

ISTA 3A & ISTA 2A are two different independent test procedures.

ISTA 2A is a partial simulation test meaning it will challenge the capability of the package and product to withstand transport hazards, but it will only simulate some of the actual hazards experienced in actual transport.

ISTA 3A is a general simulation test for parcel delivery system shipments. This means it challenges the capability of the package and product to withstand transport hazards by utilizing general simulations of actual transportation hazards.

Since the tests are independent and different, testing to ISTA 3A will not also cover testing to ISTA 2A. For packaged-products that are being shipped through a small parcel delivery system I would recommend testing to ISTA 3A.

Please contact me directly if you'd like to have a more in-depth discussion.


A.J. Gruber

Vice President|Technical

Source: A.J. Gruber - ISTA


Jan 10, 2013 - 06:55 AM

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