Khadejeh Ziabasharhagh is a scientific evaluator with the Bureau of Chemical Safety at Health Canada. She has extensive knowledge of risk assessment evaluation activities and regulatory guidelines on food packaging materials and non-food chemicals and has been directly involved in pre-market chemical safety assessment of food packaging materials and non-food chemicals. She is experienced in providing information and guidance to scientific and regulatory inquiries from industry, public and private sector clients on the adventitious chemical substances in food.
Beijing Institute of Product Quality Supervision and Inspection
Zhaohui Wang, Phd degree, professor-level senior engineer, has been engaged in the research of food-related products and green packaging regulations and testing technology for a long time. Dr. Wang is the director of Packaging and Daily Chemicals Testing Center in the Beijing Institute of Product Quality Supervision and Inspection (BQI). She is currently preparing for the acceptance of the Quality Inspection and Testing Center for National Food-related Products and Green Packaging in Beijing.
Over the years, she has presided over and participated in a number of ministerial and provincial-level issues related to food packaging, and has presided over and participated in the formulation and revision of a number of national food safety standards for glass products, food contact coatings and coated products, renewable cellulose materials and products, plastic products, and general safety requirements for food contact materials, etc. She is the vice chairman of the Food-Related Products Sub-Committee of the Second-term Food Safety National Standards Review Committee for the Health Commission. She is the Deputy Secretary General of the Packaging and Environment Sub-Committee of the National Packaging Standardization Technical Committee; a member of the first batch of the National Health Science Expert Database of the Healthy China Initiative...
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
At Steptoe and Johnson, Dr. Jessica Cooper assists clients by guiding them through regulatory policy in the food additives and food contact substances space. Prior to joining Steptoe, Jessica served at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as the Lead Chemist & Master Reviewer, where she provided leadership, strategic direction, and ensured consistency of regulatory policy regarding food additives and food contact substances in FDA's Office of Food Additive Safety (OFAS). She led OFAS in providing technical input, advice, and recommendations on migration testing protocols and dietary exposure assessments. Jessica was also the chemistry subject matter expert on perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and nanomaterials used in food packaging.
Nanjing Customs Testing Center for Dangerous Goods and Packaging
Ms. GuiQin SHANG graduated from Xiamen University with a master's degree in analytical chemistry in 2007. She has engaged in food contact material safety for 14 years, and mainly involved in chemical analysis, safety assessment, legislative promotion, and industry practice of food contact material. She has been serving as an expert in various organizations, such as National Food Safety Standards Evaluation Committee of Food Related products, the Technical Committee for Standardization of Plastic Articles (SAC/TC397/SC6), Paper Articles (SAC /TC141/SC3) and metals Articles (SAC/TC397/SC5). To date, she has edited and published The Practical Guide on the Quality Control, Inspection And Supervision of Food Contact Materials, The Guide to The Evaluation and Declaration of New Varieties of Food Contact Materials, The Safety Evaluation of Food Contact Materials and The Construction of Evaluation Parameters in China, and has participated in the compilation of foreign Laws and regulations on Food Contact Materials.While has participated in drafting 14 National Food Safety Standards for nipple, coatings , rubber, etc., and published more than 20 papers on Food Contact Materials.
FCM Regulatory Managerat
PPG Packaging Coatings AP
2021 to date, Food Contact Material Regulatory Manager, PPG PKG AP
2011-2021, Product Stewardship Manager, PPG Auto, IC
2007-2011, Food Contact Chemical and Product Safety Advisor, Clariant
15 years’ product compliance experience in chemical industry from raw material to food contact coating; comprehensive understanding about FCM regulations within China and AP region; broad regulatory knowledge on coating safety management
Dr Dario Dainelli
Owner & Managing Director at
Dario Dainelli-Policy & Regulatory Affairs
• Doctor Degree in Chemistry (macromolecular science), University of Pisa, Italy
• Master Degree in Law, Michigan State University, USA
• Current: Owner and Managing Director of the company Dario Dainelli-Policy & Regulatory Affairs, established in Brussels in 2018
• 2017-2018: Director of Quality & Regulatory Affairs in SITGROUP, Republic of San Marino
• 1999-2017: various management positions in Sealed Air Corporation, including Global Regulatory, and Regulatory Affairs Director for Asia and EMEA
• 1991-1999: W.R. Grace, Laboratory and EU Regulatory manager
National Reference Laboratory for Food Contact Material (Guangdong), IQTC
Marco has been involving in safety of food contact materials for more than 20 years, which specialized in analysis and assessment of Chemical contaminants in food contact materials. He has been serving as an expert in various organizations, such as the member of Review Committee for National Food Safety Standards, The member of Standardization Committee for plastic food contact material, paper and board, etc. To date, he has published more than 60 papers on food contact materials in journals and academic conferences ,while completed 20 national safety standards and analytical methods. He is currently leading the team to draft Chinese regulations for multilayer articles, wood and bamboo, Paper and paper board, as well as various analytical methods for specific migration. He once participated in a FCMs programs In 2008 as a visiting scientist at JRC of European Commission.
Marco was also appointed as the chairman of Expert committee for FCMs in China food industry association, and the member of Scientific Committee (SC) for the 7th International Food Packaging Symposium organized by ILSI Europe , dedicated to assist government agencies and industry to manage the safety of FCMs with scientific support.
Asia Product Stewardship Leader, Packaging and Specialty Plasticsat
Joined Dow Chemical since 2003 and engaged in product safety and regulatory compliance during last 17 years crossing multiple businesses. Has extensive experience and in regulatory fields of many product such as general chemical, food/food contact etc. and rich knowledge of product risk assessment. Over years, participated many advocacy projects of product regulations-pharmaceutical DMF regulation, cosmetic material management and food contact national standard etc., also played some leadership roles in local industrial associations-Vice Chair of IPEC (China)(2009-2011), Multiple Food Contact Product Taskforce Leaders in AICM (2011-2017) , and vice chair in Food Contact Expert Committee under China National Food Industry Association (2015-2017). Transferred to current role to take accountability of product compliance and safety stewardship for all Dow P&SP portfolios in pan-Asia since 2016.
Keller and Heckman
Eric Gu advises domestic and foreign clients on the requirements and regulations for a variety of consumer products, including foods, food additives, food packaging materials, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, and associated labeling, with a focus on China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and other Asian countries.
Prior to joining Keller and Heckman, Mr. Gu worked as an attorney in law firms in Shanghai and New York and acquired deep understanding of both China and U.S. laws and practice. While attending the University of Wisconsin Law School, Mr. Gu participated in the Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition and served as an IRS-certified volunteer for assistance in federal individual income tax filing.
Staff Scientist at
Keller and Heckman
Chen Hu provides assistance to foreign and domestic clients in the area of food, food packaging, and chemical control, in matters related to regulatory compliance in in China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and other Asian countries.
Mr. Hu works closely with government authorities and trade associations in various phases of regulatory development. Mr. Hu has prepared and submitted hundreds of Chinese applications for registration of food packaging materials, food additives, new food ingredients, and new chemical substances. He is experienced in auditing plant facilities for food and food packaging manufacturers.
Mr. Hu has master degrees in biochemistry and biostatistics
Sylvain Rannou holds a PhD of Polymer Science & Engineering from The University of Manchester, UK.
With over 15 years’ experience in the polymer and food packaging industry, in the UK and in Singapore, his expertise covers a range of functions and skillsets: from packaging development, polymer processing & regulatory compliance, to training & coaching, issue management and networking to leverage expertise.
Having previously worked in R&D for Mars Drinks UK and A*STAR Singapore, he spent 8 years as the Expert in Packaging Safety & Compliance (PS&C) for the Nestlé Quality Assurance Center (NQAC), covering the Asia-Oceania-Africa (AOA) zone. In September 2020, he took on a new position in the Nestlé Dairy business to support the global implementation of the PS&C program for new packaging solutions.
PhD, CST Certified Toxicologistat
As a regulatory toxicologist with 12 years experiences, Dr. Zhang helps Chemical and plastic manufactures understand and comply with global food contact and chemical regulations. She has abundant experiences on China food contact petition, China GB standards, and global recycling plastics solutions under US FDA (NOL) and EFSA (scientific statement).
She leads a team of regulatory experts with service scope covering China, Korea and Japan food contact materials and chemical registrations. With analytical testing experiences and regulatory expertise, the team helps industry address challenging regulatory requirements in a timely and cost-effective manner, by developing and successfully executing of test data, and providing expert judgment of waiving statements. Meanwhile, she is with hands on experiences on the registration& notification of (new) chemicals under China MEE Order No. 12 (updated from MEP Order No. 7), Taiwan TCSCA/OSHA, K-REACH/CCA and EU REACH.
Dr. Zhang acquired her Pharmaceutical Doctoral Degree from School of Pharmacy Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. She is now a Member of Council of Chinese Society of Toxicology (CST) and a Committee Member of Professional Committee on Food Toxicology, CST.
Senior Packaging Technologist at
Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited
Tom Carr has been in the Plastic Packaging Industry for 28 years, beginning his career with Trigon Packaging Systems in 1991 as a BSc(Tech) Student. Working in the Research and Development lab of their Hamilton plant, he became proficient in film analysis and physical properties testing of plastic packaging. In 2009, he ventured into the world of packaging regulatory compliance. Mentored by Sealed Air’s Regulatory Directors in Europe (Dario Dainelli) and America (Martin Ecoff), the learning curve was steep, but rewarding, eventually overseeing the compliance needs for Sealed Air’s Australia/New Zealand products, predominantly for Fonterra and the NZ Meat industry.
In 2015, Tom moved his family to Palmerston North to join Fonterra’s Packaging innovation and Development Team as a Senior Packaging Technologist at Fonterra’s Research and Development Centre. For the past 5 years Tom has overseen packaging compliance for Fonterra’s local and export business.
Fun fact: Tom is passionate about Litter reduction, and was Keep New Zealand Beautiful’s “Tidy Kiwi Award for 2017”, for picking up over 1300kg of litter since 2015. Tom is New Zealand’s leading user of the Litterati App, having snapped, tagged and bagged over 35,000 pieces of Litter since April 2017.
Regional PS&RA Manager – Asia Pacificat
Education: MBA in Sustainability & Leadership/BSc in Biology & Chemistry
20years in Chemical Industry in the areas of Product Safety & Regulatory Affairs, and Safety Health, Environment & Quality Management, Manufacturing and Engineering.
Indonesia Packaging Federation
2013 - PRESENT
Position: Packaging Project Development Adviser/Director
Short description the task/responsibility: specific projects consultant for several companies: Merindo Makmur, Finson-Indomas, Stenta Films Sdn.Bhd., Supernova Group, Riau Andalan Pulp&Paper, MAN-Ferrostaal Indonesia.
Address: Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur
Type of business or sector: Packaging Technology and Materials.
Feb 2012 - Apr 2013
Position: Technical Director of Amcor Flexibles Asia-Pacific/Indonesia
Short description the task/responsibility: Leading the Innovation and Business Development
Address: Singapore, Australia and Jakarta
Type of business or sector: Flexible Packaging Manufacturing.
Head – Product Safety and Regulatory (India)at
Jatin Takkar is a seasoned professional with over a decade of experience in the food and packaging industries. He has worked across different verticals like Operations, Quality & Food safety as well as regulatory with strong market players like Nestle, Kraft Heinz and Siegwerk. He is working with Siegwerk as Head- Product Safety and Regulatory. With his expertise in food safety and his passion for ensuring packaging safety, he is heading a awareness campaign across different stakeholders in the packaging supply chain with the goal of ensuring food safety aspects of the packaging materials materials.
Jatin have been deeply involved with several brand owners and regulatory bodies like FSSAI and BIS for raising the bar on packaging safety in India. He has registered himself as a empanelled trainer for FSSAI on the subject – “Packaging and Labelling” and is an active member of “Alert Panel on Printing Inks” at Bureau of Indian Standards.
Jatin has published over 25 authored articles on the subject of packaging safety. He has even represented as a Food contact Material Expert in various national and International forums presenting his views on subject of Food safety and Packaging Safety.
Jatin lives with the motto – “Ensure safe food for everyone and ensure safe packaging for every food”.
Thai Packaging Association
Mrs. Sumalee Tangpitayakul received an Honours Degree in BSc. Food Technology and MSc. Chemical Technology at Chulalongkorn University.
She has over 25 years experience in food contact materials especially in the area of safety testing and method development. Her expertise also includes development of standards and regulations regarding food contact materials at national and regional level. As a result of her continuous effort and contribution ,the packaging laboratory, Department of Science Service
has been designated as the ASEAN Food Reference Laboratory for food contact materials since 2014.
David J. Ettinger
Keller and Heckman
David Ettinger is the chief representative in Keller and Heckman’s Shanghai, China office. Mr. Ettinger counsels multinational companies on the import and export of food and food-related products to ensure compliance with regulations in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He also counsels clients on compliance with the laws and regulations in China regarding consumer products and tobacco-related products, such as e-cigarettes. Mr. Ettinger worked in the firm’s Washington, DC and Brussels offices, and is uniquely positioned to counsel foreign companies who need to navigate the regulatory landscape in Asia.
Mr. Ettinger is on the Executive Board and Chair of Mackrell International. He is on the leadership committee of the American Chamber of Commerce Shanghai’s Food, Agriculture & Beverage Committee. He is a frequent lecturer and author on international food safety matters. Mr. Ettinger is a Chambers and Partners ranked attorney in the area of Life Sciences (International Firms) – China and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2016 (FDA Law).
Prior to joining Keller and Heckman, Mr. Ettinger was a trademark attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Additionally, he has extensive trial experience as a former assistant district attorney in the Nassau County District Attorney's Office in New York where he prosecuted felonies and misdemeanors.
Dr Alistair Irvine
Senior Manager, Food Contact Testing, Material Science and Engineeringat
Alistair manages the Food Packaging Safety Section within Smithers. 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 Smithers in 1994, taking up his current position in 1995.