In light of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and our priority for the health and welfare of our members and staff, ASTM International has decided that it is inadvisable and impractical to hold the committee meetings in Prague on April 27-May 1. The decision was based on several factors, including, but not limited to:

    • Continued review of information and recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and other governmental bodies.
    • Input from our members whose organizations are increasingly concerned with travel and the large gathering in Prague.
    • Watching the expanding trajectory of the coronavirus.

    Staff managers will be contacting committee leaders to plan alternatives for conducting committee business. For any committees that collected money for events, ASTM will work to issue refunds as necessary. Attendees are responsible for cancelling their own hotel reservations.

    Looking forward, we will rely on these and other relevant criteria and input points to assess the status of future scheduled ASTM meetings and events. Please consult our meeting webpage for the most up-to-date information. Thank you for your understanding and continued commitment to ASTM International.

    D10 Packaging

    About the Event

    Ensuring that products arrive at their destination undamaged and safe to use while maximizing economics and minimizing environmental impacts is challenging. This workshop will provide packaging professionals an opportunity to explore the factors that go into evaluating and predicting successful packaging performance. Participants will be provided with an update on the changes occurring to ASTM D4169 to better align it with current distribution environments. The challenges of single parcel shipments will also be explored. Insight will be provided into the use of cushioning materials to improve outcomes. The workshop will dive into the interaction between packaging distribution simulation and package integrity and then explore the many options for evaluating integrity. This will be proceeded by a discussion on choosing the optimum minimum seal strength for primary packaging. The FDA will weigh in with a regulatory perspective and the US Army will provide a roadmap for military packaging and MIL specs.

    The Workshop will take place on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 and will run from 8:00 am to 2:45pm. Scheduled between the D10 and F02 Committee meetings, its designed to provide insight and value to individuals across the range of packaging functions. See below for the full workshop program.

    Technical Program


    • 8:00am-8:35am Pharma packaging through Single Parcel Shipments: Sameer Upadhyaya
    • 8:35am-9:10am Military Packaging and MIL Specs: Sarah Gedrich
    • 9:10am -9:45am Cushioning Materials: Susan Evans
    • 9:45am-10:15am BREAK
    • 10:15am-10:50am Minimum Seal Strength and the 1#/inch Myth: Geoff Pavey
    • 10:50am-11:25am Regulatory Perspective: Pat Weixel
    • 11:25am-1:00pm LUNCH
    • 1:00pm-1:35pm Package Integrity Standards Review: Phillip Cooper & Henk Blom
    • 1:35pm-2:10pm D4169 - Update on Status: Bryan Williams
    • 2:10pm-2:45pm Interaction Between Packaging Distribution Simulation and Package Integrity: Jane Severin & Jan Gates

    Registration Information

    Online registration opens approximately 10 weeks before the workshop and closes October 4, 2017. The fees to attend this workshop are listed below.

    Students – A student’s fee is waived, provided that he/she is a full-time student and is not employed full time. After registering online, the student must check in at the ASTM Registration Desk on site and present his/her student ID. The waived fee includes admission to the technical sessions and does not include (admittance to social events or food functions, etc.) described above.

    All attendees, including presenters and ASTM members, are urged to register online for this event so that space requirements can be accommodated. If you do not register online by the closing date, then you must register upon arrival at the workshop. All attendees must check in at the ASTM registration desk upon arrival at workshop.


    A refund of the workshop fee will be honored only if requested at least 10 business days prior to the workshop. To cancel your registration and request a refund, please contact Symposia Operations at, or 610-832-9677.

    Online On Site
    ASTM Member FeeWaivedWaived
    Non-Member Fee50.0075.00
    Presenter FeeWaivedWaived
    Student FeeWaivedWaived

    Continuing Education Units

    Workshop attendees interested in receiving 0.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) should complete a CEU application form at the adjournment of the workshop, and then submit it to the ASTM staff member on site. A certificate will be sent to the attendee approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the workshop.

    Technical Chair Contact Information

    Additional information about the workshop is available from Workshop Co-Chairs Dhuanne Dodrill, Rollprint Packaging Products, Inc., Addision, IL, Email:, Tel: 630-405-7801; and Larry Anderson, TEN-E Packaging Services, Inc., Newport, MN, Email:, Tel: 651-459-0671.

    Hotel Information

    All meetings will be held at the Sheraton New Orleans, 500 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130. Reservations may be made via our online reservation system at Sheraton New Orleans Reservation.

    Select your dates and proceed as instructed. Reservations may also be made by telephoning the hotel at 1-800-325-3535 or 504-525-2500 (you must mention ASTM in order to receive the group rate). If you need assistance with your hotel reservation, please call the hotel directly.

    Group rate will be honored until the ASTM block is full, but no later than August 30, 2017. ASTM rates are $189 plus tax. You may be charged a higher rate if reservations are received after the cut-off date, or when the block is full. The hotel requires a credit card to guarantee your reservation, once submitted a confirmation number will be provided electronically.

    The Sheraton New Orleans has a limited number of rooms at the government per diem rate, $131.00 plus tax. Reservations may be made via our online reservation system at Sheraton New Orleans Government Reservations. You must present your ID at the front desk upon check-in.

    IMPORTANT! ASTM Rates are non-commissionable. If you book your reservation through a travel agent, they must ask for a non-commissioned ASTM Group Rate. ASTM cannot adjust your higher rate if commissions were paid to a travel agency.

    CANCELLATION/CHANGE POLICY: At the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, notice of cancellation must be received 3 days prior to day of arrival in order to avoid a charge.

    Check the ASTM website for updates on overflow hotel room availability.

    INTERNET: For SPG Members, the hotel offers complimentary wireless connection in the guest rooms.

    ASTM MEMBERS WORK AREA: ASTM will provide computers with internet connections. This area will also be wireless for your laptop computer. You may visit the ASTM website, apply or renew your membership, order publications or check your email. The complimentary wireless service is limited to the members' work area and the meeting rooms.

    Transportation and Directions

    The hotel is located approximately 15.9 miles/27 minutes from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. The hotel's phone number is (504) 525-2500 and the general fax number is (504) 595-5552. The website for the hotel is Sheraton New Orleans.

    For information on the city of New Orleans, visit the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau Website at Visit New Orleans.

    AIRPORT SHUTTLE SERVICE: Shuttle transportation from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is available for a fee of $24 per person one way or $44 person, round trip. Passengers can purchase tickets at the Airport at Airport Shuttle ticket booths located on the first level throughout the Baggage Claim area. Please visit Airport Shuttle New Orleans. Taxicab booths are located on the first level of the Terminal outside of Baggage Claim Belts 1 and 14. Taxi Rides cost approx $36 one way.

    STREETCAR TRANSPORTATION: The hotel is located right on the Streetcar line along Canal Street, St. Charles Avenue, and the Riverfront. One-way cost: $1.25. One, 3 and 5-day unlimited ride passes are also available for $5, $12 and $20 respectively.

    PARKING: The hotel provides limited valet parking at a cost of $43 plus tax overnight. The hotel does not offer self-parking.

    Dress and Weather

    Attendees have the option to determine their dress at ASTM meetings. Business casual attire is acceptable at this meeting and appropriate for New Orleans. The average temperatures in October range from a high of 83 degrees Fahrenheit to a low of 64 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Standards Development Meetings

    Meeting schedules for Committees D10 and F02 are posted on the ASTM web site and or contact the ASTM Staff Manager, Jimmy Farrell at or tel: 610-832-9661.

    Future Meeting Dates

    Committees D10 and F02 invite you to attend their future standards development meetings. There is no fee to attend these meetings, and membership in ASTM International is not required. For more information, visit the web pages listed immediately above, and click on "Future Meetings".

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