Thermal Testing Standards for Cold Chain Shipments: A Primer

For the vast majority of life-saving drugs, therapies, and vaccines, efficacy is inextricably tied to temperature stability.The most common acceptable temperature range for cold chain pharmaceuticals is between 2°C and 8°C. Ensuring temperature stability across thousands of shipments as they move throughout dozens of distribution points requires precise, reliable testing. The following is a look into how that testing is performed. Thermal Shipping Regulation: Who’s WhoEffective transport of temperature sensitive products through the small parcel distribution network depends on guidance provided by multiple industry organizations. The primary organization that provides guidance on the proper qualification of Insulated Shipping Containers (ISC) used for the distribution of temperature sensitive products is the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA). The International Safe Transit Association, is an industry organization that provides standardized…