Global Food Contact 2017 in Rome

Smithers Pira's unique Global Food Contact conference took place in Rome, Italy from 15-17 May 2017.

The Global Food Contact 2017 event consisted of an expert led pre-conference workshop, and two days of vital updates on food contact legislation across the globe. 

Pre-Conference Workshop

Pre-Conference Workshop

  1. Registration

  2. Pre-Conference Workshop

    Workshop leaders: Dr. Alistair Irvine, Food Contact Compliance of Smithers Pira, UK and Mr. Eric Greenberg, Principal Attorney, Eric F. Greenberg P.C., USA

    Product Stewardship for Food Contact Materials Best Practices & Special Issues in the EU and US

    This workshop will be a lively and timely exploration of what you need to be thinking about as a food contact professional who must contend with EU or US requirements. Eric Greenberg and Alistair Irvine will examine a range of current topics that will help sharpen your practices and keep you alert for future developments.

    • A brief introduction to the legislation and why information transfer is important
    • Documentation requirements and best practices under the EU and FDA systems
    • How to handle non-food contact issues such as proposition 65
    • How to cope with the ever moving landscape arising from scientific developments and public health concerns in the media.

    There will also be plenty of time for discussion, so please bring along any hot topics you would like to discuss.

  3. Networking break

  4. Workshop (to be continued)

    Eric F. Greenberg | Principal Attorney of Eric F. Greenberg P.C.

    More information to follow...

  5. Workshop ends

Tuesday 16 May

Tuesday 16 May

  1. Registration and Welcome Refreshments

  2. Chairman’s Opening Remarks

    Dr. Alistair Irvine | Business Manager UK Food Contact Compliance of Smithers Pira, UK

Session 1 - Updates from Europe

  1. Packaging safety & compliance: A global brand owner approach

    Lionel Spack, Ph.D | Manager for Packaging Chemical Safety of Nestlé

    • Worldwide approach for packaging safety & compliance
    • Requirements going beyond legislation
    • Specific focus for EU on non intentionally added substances
  2. Printing inks for food contact materials: European regulatory status and projects; the ink industry's approach

    Dr. Sebastian Gierisch | Product Safety hubergroup Europe of hubergroup Deutschland

    • European regulatory status: EU, Switzerland
    • Regulatory projects: Germany, EU
    • Printing ink industry's approach and Guidances
  3. FCA guidelines on risk assessment of non-listed substances (NLS) and non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) under the requirements of article 3 of the framework regulation (EC) 1935/2004

    Miguel Angel Prieto Arranz | FCA – Secretary General of CEFIC-FCA (“Food Contact Additives” Sector Group of Cefic), Belgium

  4. Networking Refreshment Break

  5. Dealing with non-harmonised EU regulations - a coating supplier’s perspective

    Peter Oldring | Regulatory Affairs Manager (Europe) of The Valspar (UK) Corporation, UK

    • Review of relevant legislation for coatings - national and EU
    • What legislation do I use for my letters of compliance?
    • How to write letters of compliance

  6. Food contact compliance assessment from a raw material supplier point of view

    Dr. Martin Klatt | Head of Product Stewardship, Regional Business Unit Dispersions & Resins Europe of BASF, Germany

  7. Networking Lunch

Session 2 - Developments in the North America, South America and Canada

  1. Food contact materials regulatory situation in MERCOSUR and other Latin American countries

    Professor Alejandro Ariosti | Materials for Sanitary Applications - Technical Assistance of National Institute of Industrial Technology (INTI) - Plastics Centre, Argentina

    • An update -updated situation of FCMs regulations in MERCOSUR and other countries of Latin America
    • Pre-market approval system in MERCOSUR and other countries
    • Exporting FCMs to MERCOSUR and other countries
    • BPA and recycled plastics situation in South America
  2. Updates on FDA - pressures old and new

    Eric F. Greenberg | Principal Attorney of Eric F. Greenberg P.C.

    • Trends in food contact issues and FDA reactions to them
    • The new Presidential administration’s possible approaches to this regulatory realm
    • Public attention at a new high
    • Predictions for the future
  3. Networking Refreshments Break

  4. An overview of food packaging regulations in Canada and Health Canada's safety assessment process

    Marina Vivas | Scientific Evaluator, Health Products and Food Branch of Health Canada, Canada

    • Canadian food and drugs act and regulations
    • Process to obtain a letter of no objection (LONO)
    • Program review
  5. Panel discussion/Q&A session

    Topics to be confirmed...

  6. Chair’s Conference Summary and Closing Remarks

    Dr. Alistair Irvine | Business Manager UK Food Contact Compliance of Smithers Pira, UK

  7. Decernis User Meeting

    Kevin Kenny, Chief Operating Officer, Decernis, USA

    More information to follow...

    Join us after the Decernis User meeting to the walking tour of Rome


Walking tour of Rome

  1. The Walking Tour of Rome

    Walking Tour of Rome

    6:00pm  Delegates meet in the hotel lobby

    Coach departure: 6:10pm sharp from the front of the hotel reception and drops off at the Colosseum.

    Walking route will cover approx. 3.5km and points of interest include (sights to be confirmed):

    Il Colosseo (Colosseum)
    Arco di Costantino (Arch of Constantine)
    Foro romano (Roman Forum)
    Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain)
    Piazza Venezia

    The tour ends at approximately 8:30pm at the Piazza Navona where attendees have 2 hours of free time to eat, drink and be merry before returning to the hotel. Kindly note that this is at individual expense. The guides have offered to recommend a few places for dinner so do please ask your guide for any further information. Guides will also point out the collection point for the return coach.

    Return coach collection: 10:30pm from Lungotevere Marzio – this is a short walk from the Piazza Navona so please ensure you leave enough time to meet the return coach. Please note there is one return coach (50 seats) booked on a first come first serve basis.

    Back to the hotel for: 11:00pm

Wednesday 17 May

Wednesday 17 May

  1. Registration & Welcome Refreshments

  2. Chairman’s Opening Remarks

    Dr. Alistair Irvine | Business Manager UK Food Contact Compliance of Smithers Pira, UK

Session 3 - Compliance updates from Asia and emerging markets

  1. Regulatory scenario: Food contact legislation in India

    Monika Rawat | Head Regulatory Affairs of The Kraft Heinz Company, India

    • Role of FSSAI vis a vis BIS
    • Current Food Contact Legislation
    • What’s new
    • Emerging challenges
  2. China's food contact regulations related to plastics

    Ningjia Zheng | Toxicology & Regulatory Compliance, Product Safety Group of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP, USA

  3. Updates on food contact material regulations in Singapore

    Kevin C. Kenny | Chief Operating Officer of Decernis, USA

  4. Networking Refreshments Break

  5. Japan’s FCM framework: At a crossroads between industry-driven compliance and a formal positive list system?

    Xiaolu Wang | Regulatory Research Analyst - Asia Pacific of 3E, USA

Session 4 - Approaches and initiatives across the globe

  1. On harmonizing global food contact regulations – an industry perspective

    Jim Huang | Director, Food Contact Materials Safety | Global Scientific & Regulatory Affairs of The Coca Cola Company, USA

    • Comparison of different approaches
    • Divergence of Compliance
    • Convergence of Safety
    • Path to harmonisation
  2. State of the art of harmonisation for P&B for food contact applications: the proposal from the P&B supply chain and the situation in Europe

    Eugenio Cavallini | Technical Manager of CEPI (Confederation of European Paper Industries), Belgium

    • A picture of the situation of harmonisation of non-harmonised FCMs in EU
    • The P&B supply chain proposal on harmonisation: the background amd the contents in details
    • expected steps and developments
  3. Networking Lunch

  4. Safe adhesives for safe food

    Dr. Silvio Bassi | Regulatory, Quality & Compliance Manager, COIM S.p.A. , Italy / Member of the Paper & Packaging Technical Working Group of FEICA (The Association of the European Adhesive & Sealant Industry), Belgium

    • Adhesives in the context of food contact legislation.
    • Safety assessment by adhesives manufacturers and converters
    • FEICA guidance papers for a food contact status declaration for adhesives, Good Manufacturing Practice, migration testing and mineral oil
  5. FCN process for food packaging adhesives – Advantages for a high transparency, risk based system

    Grant Kenion | Scientific Fellow of Henkel Corporation, USA

    • What types of information go into a Food Contact Notification submission where the FCS (Food Contact Substance) is a mixed, applied, and cured food packaging adhesive.
    • Description of consumption factors to determine risk and therefore safety for FCNs.
    • What information is publically available from an FCN that has been granted, where to find this information, and potential value to end users.
  6. Chair’s Conference Summary and Closing Remarks

    Dr. Alistair Irvine | Business Manager UK Food Contact Compliance of Smithers Pira, UK

  7. Conference Ends