Food Contact Training

Following the resounding success of the courses in 2015 and 2016 - Smithers Pira have confirmed the next training course will take place at the Sandman Signature London Gatwick Hotel, UK from 20 - 21 September 2017.

Course Duration: 2 Days

£999 + VAT

Book your place here.

Accommodation: All delegates are required to make their own travel arrangements and accommodation reservations. We have secured a number of rooms at the Sandman Signature London Gatwick Hotel for conference delegates.
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Training that gives you the knowledge and tools to run your business better

Smithers Pira is the worldwide authority on packaging, paper and print industry supply chains and alongside our globally renowned conferences and webinar schedules, we deliver that expertise in a small number of specialist training courses.

Get regulatory guidance and training from industry experts

  • Learn about food contact regulations in Europe and the US
  • Find out how to comply
  • Understand the regulations for a variety of different materials
  • See what to expect in the future and how to stay compliant

Regulations matter and regulations change, so how can you as a business stay compliant? Smithers Pira's specialist course is designed to give a comprehensive overview of all the key food contact regulatory areas for those working in chemicals, plastics, materials and packaging companies.

You'll get a detailed guide to the relevant legislation in your market, what you can expect in the future and how to prepare for it now. This, plus the opportunity to tailor course contents specifically to your requirements, ensures you'll get the knowledge you need to succeed as a business and as an individual.

Who should attend?

  • Newcomers to industry looking to quickly gain an understanding of key food contact legislation
  • Anyone needing to refresh their knowledge and gain an understanding of how changes in the regulations will impact their business

Smithers Pira's experts can help your organisation:

  • Comply with food contact legislation in all the jurisdictions where it exists, namely the EU, individual European counties, the USA, Canada, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, China, South East Asia, India and Israel.
  • Notify new food contact substances to enable their legal use in Europe and the USA.
  • Produce and use recycled materials for food contact applications.
  • Identify the identity and source of the chemicals responsible for packaging taints and odours to enable you to eliminate them.
Over 100 companies have attended this training course including:  
Akzo Nobel
Alcan Packaging
Bart Spices Ltd
Boots Company plc
British American Tobacco
Campina NL
DSM Engineering Plastics
DuPont de Nemours International SA
Elopak AS
Henkel Limited
Hotel Chocolat
Iceland Foods
Imerys Minerals Limited
Innovia Films Limited
Kraft Foods R & D Inc
McCain Foods GB Ltd
Metsa Tissue
Nestec Ltd
Pepsico Foods and Beverages International
Philip Morris Products
Princes Group Ltd
Procter & Gamble
Robinson Plastic Packaging
Smith & Nephew Extruded Films
Stora Enso
Sun Chemical
Tesco Stores Limited
Tetley Group Limited
Tetra Pak International
Total Petrochemicals
UPM Raflatac OY
Wrigley GmbH

Your training experts:

Dr Barry Podd, Independent Consultant, UK (formerly Associate Director Global Regulatory Affairs, Kimberly-Clark Europe)

Academic Achievements: Gained a BA (Hons) and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Essex. Post Doctoral Research Fellow for three years at the University of Surrey.

Industrial Experience: Spent 26 years in the Chemical Industry in various positions in Research and Development, Marketing, Sales and the Regulatory Affairs Departments. Barry joined Kimberly Clark in 2005 and was Associate Director Global Regulatory Affairs responsible for regulatory management issues related to chemicals, biocides and food contact around the world until he retired at the beginning of 2013.

Trade Associations: Before he retired, Barry was active in the EDANA and European Tissue Symposium [ETS] Trade Associations. Barry chaired the EDANA Industrial Wipes Group and the EDANA REACH Core Group. He was also a member of the ETS Food Contact Working Group and represented the European Tissue Industry on a number of Cross Industry Working Groups. 

Dr. Alistair Irvine, Head of Food Contact Compliance, Smithers Pira

Alistair manages the Food Packaging Safety Section within Smithers Pira. His expertise spans all the EU countries, USA, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Israel, Russia and all the South American countries. 

Alistair manages the Food Packaging Safety Section within Smithers Pira. This involves advising clients on the safety legislation which applies to food packaging in a wide range of different countries throughout the world and coordinating work programmes to ensure that clients' products meet these requirements. His expertise spans all the EU countries, USA, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Israel, Russia and all the South American countries.

Alistair graduated with a degree and PhD in Chemistry from Birmingham University. After working for BP and the Department of Health, he joined Pira in 1994, taking up his current position in 1995.

Mr. Ian Cooper, Head of Food Contact Analysis, Smithers Pira

Ian is Head of Food Contact Analysis at Smithers Pira and has over 20 years’ experience in the specialized field of migration testing.

Ian leads a team of analytical chemists engaged in research projects, and generating migration data for gaining EFSA/FDA food contact clearances for new substances/materials and non-routine investigations, such as safety evaluation of recycled materials, NIAS and printing inks.

Ian has authored or co-authored more than 20 peer-reviewed scientific papers on migration testing. 

Raquel Gonzalez, Senior Analytical Chemist, Smithers Pira

Raquel joined Smithers Pira in 2011 and has 5 years’ experience in chemical analysis of migration testing. Prior to this, Raquel worked for GSK and LGC where she gained experience in the pharmaceutical and purity testing fields.

Raquel’s work mainly involves non-routine trace organic analysis and investigation work into packaging for the food industry comprising migration testing according to EFSA/FDA regulations and guidelines.

Raquel graduated with a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Valladolid (Spain) and a MSc in Analytical Chemistry from Kingston University (London).

 Tony Lord, Principal Analytical Chemist, Smithers Pira

Tony Lord is a Principal Consultant at Smithers Pira. His work is concerned with non routine chemical analysis and technical consultancy in support of client investigations, problem solving, bespoke research and litigation. Tony also specialises in the investigation of taint transfer from packaging into foods. He is familiar with EU legislation relevant to food packaging.

Tony has more than 28 years of experience as an analytical chemist with 23 years of experience in the specialised area of migration measurement of substances from packaging into food. He has experience of managing EU and UK government projects such as the EU measurement and testing program “Certified Reference Plastics for Overall Migration Testing” and a Food Standards Agency project “Screening Tests for Visible and Non-Visible Set Off” From printing inks. Other publications include Report EUR 18289 EN, “Migration from Shrink Sleeves”, FSA Report A03048, “Packaging Materials as a Source of Taint”, Taints and Off Flavours in Food, Woodhead Publishing Ltd, “Food and Nutritional Analysis Packaging Materials”, Elsevier Reference Module in Chemistry Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering (20014) and “Non-visible print set off of photoinitiators in food packaging: detection by ambient ionization mass spectrometry”, Food Additives & Contaminants: Part A February 2013. Tony has also managed single and multi client sponsored research projects in Smithers Pira.

To find out how to attend free as part of a Pira Food Contact Membership package, please contact Stephen Frier on +44 (0) 1372 802006 or

To book your place at Food Contact Training click here.