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12 ista views • February 2016 • ISTA Technical Update Understanding 2016 Protocol Changes Eric Hiser ISTA Vice President - Technical Change Made In Test Block 2, on page 6 of 8, Step 13 was corrected to state "Go to TEST BLOCK 3 (Shock)" rather than Test Block 2 as previously printed. In Test Block 3, on page 7 of 8, Step 1 was corrected to state "If YES, then go to TEST BLOCK 4 (Shock - Rotational Edge Drop)" rather than Test Block 3 as previously printed. Enhanced NOTE to Step 1 of Identification of Faces, Edges and Corners on page 9 of 28, to clarify Most Stable Orientation. Added NOTE to Before You Begin Top-Load Apparatus on page 14 of 28, to clarify that dimensions used to calculate top-loads are taken when the packaged- product is in its Most Stable Orientation which could be different than the intended shipping orientation. Corrected conversion error in example 2 on page 19 of 45 in the Before You Begin Vertical (Top-to-Bottom) Compression Testing. Wc = 260 lb (1118 kg) was changed to Wc = 260 lb (118 kg). In 2013 the ISTA Testing Council voted to move Project 3B to procedure status. When this change was made the version date of 3B was erroneously changed to 2013. This change should not have been made because a project moving to procedure status is not considered to be a change that's technical in nature. After review and vote from the Technical Steering Committee the version date of 3B has been changed back to 2012, the year of its most recent technical change. Procedure(s) Affected Procedures 1A, 1B Procedures 1B, 1H Procedure 3A Procedure 3A 6-Sams Club Procedure 3B Type of Change Editorial Editorial Editorial Editorial Editorial Editorial Date of Change January 2016 January 2016 January 2016 January 2016 January 2016 January 2016 The following changes have been made to the 2016 Resource Book: TECHNICAL: These changes will affect the procedure in the way it is performed, in the levels of the test methods, or the types of test methods used. TECHNICAL changes require the review, discussion and approval of the ISTA Test Series Group (TSG) as well as the ISTA Technical Division Board and Testing Council. EDITORIAL: These changes include errors in printing, format, spelling, and punctuation, as well as identified improvements in clarity of interpretation or to reduce or eliminate uncertainty, but may not include any changes that would, in any way, make a technical or substantive change in the Protocol causing re-testing to be necessary. Editorial changes made to text in regards to grammar, typographical errors or human errors in the creation of the document are approved by the ISTA Technical Steering Committee.

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