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Session 1: Regulatory update and interpretation in APAC
Updates on regulation of FCM in China
This session will talk about the updates on China national standards on food contact materials and products, as well as additives used in FCM. For instance, the regulation on the food contact coatings, inks and adhesives.
  • GB 4806.1
  • GB 4806.10
  • GB 9685

Dr. Zhaohui Wang | Director, Beijing Institute of Product Quality Supervision and Inspection
Update on Japanese Positive List
The objective of the presentation is to share the latest updates regarding the Japanese Positive List. The Japanese government has been actively working to enhance the positive list system after initial release in 2020. This webinar aims to provide insights into the recent developments including the restructure of positive list. We will also discuss the challenges and impact of recent updates.
- Overview of the Positive List system and its significance for food safety
- Recent updates and changes in the Positive List
- Assessing the impact of the Positive List
Nick Cheng | Manager – Food Contact materials, Business Stream Products, Asia Pacific and Greater China Region, TUV Rheinland Japan Ltd.
Updates on Thailand’s food contact legislation and recent developments
Networking tea break
Session 2: Hearing from the industry: challenges and opportunities
End Users’ perspective on food packaging safety
All the food products must be packed in safe and compliant packaging. With the focus on consumer trust as well as sustainable packaging transformation journey, Nestlé has deployed a worldwide strategy.
  • First, the packaging safety and compliance (PS&C) process has been set up at Nestle, to prevent issues affecting the packed food and strengthening partnership with our packaging (PKG) suppliers.
  • Second, as End User, Nestle’ has deployed a global approach for food contact materials (FCM), by having a program that applies the basic principles accepted everywhere e.g. Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), Declaration of Compliances (DoC) along the supply chain, Risk Assessment/Risk Management and PKG Surveillance plan (PKG Monitoring plan). Nestlé applies one global DoC template, together with a Guidance on DoC for PKG suppliers. The objective is to guide how to create DoC, by giving examples chapter by chapter.
  • Third, Nestlé has setup a Standard on Materials in contact with Food that contains requirements and restrictions preventing quality & compliance issues, while supporting sustainable development of packaging and other food contact materials. In addition, a Nestlé Standard on Printing Inks for Food Packaging that specifies requirements on inks use, has been recently published. In this document, some substances are prohibited to be used as ingredients in inks even allowed by regulation. This standard on printing inks aims to avoid sensory issue and some residual substances that will affect to quality of packaging.
Finally, Nestle’ published commitment regarding sustainable packaging transformation journey on reuse, reduce and recycle. The assessment of reuse and refill is similar to classic FCM, but represent the new way of working in term of hygiene and logistic. The recycled materials represent the main next challenges in term of safety and compliance, especially for plastic in contact with food, that is now developing around the world and there is a need of alignment.
Yada Chantarasomboon | Packaging Safety and Compliance Expert (AOA&GC) , Nestlé
Compliance assessment of food contact laminated packaging.
  • What is laminated packaging?
  • The major laminated packaging in market
  • Compliance assessment of the food contact laminated packaging.
  • How to conduct the compliance assessment?
  • Example of worst-case calculation

Jieling Su | Senior Engineer, Product Safety Dept., Amcor China
Lunch break
Session 3: Testing and Studies for Food Contact Materials
Research on compliance challenges and safety risks of plant fiber/plastic for food contact
Discrimination between virgin and recycled plastics
In the age of the circular economy, we have witnessed a remarkable upswing in the interest surrounding recycled plastics in recent years. Utilizing recycled plastics not only mitigates plastic pollution and conserves precious oil resources used in plastic production but also contributes significantly to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Nevertheless, some unscrupulous businesses, motivated by their own financial interests, engage in the deceptive practice of substituting virgin and recycled plastics interchangeably, causing market disruption.
For a considerable period, the industry has faced a dearth of dependable techniques for accurately distinguishing between virgin and recycled plastics. In response, we introduce a cutting-edge technology that combines advanced analytical techniques with state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms, drawing from an extensive dataset of samples.
Dr. Su Qizhi | Senior Engineer , IQTC
Networking tea break
Session 4: Food Contact Regulatory update Europe & North America
EU & UK legislation update on food contact materials
Recycled Plastic Regulations in the EU and the US: Impact on Manufacturers in Asia.
With more Asian manufacturers are producing recycled plastic products for export to the US and EU markets for food contact uses, compliance with the local regulatory requirements is a key issue to be addressed.  The focus of this presentation will be on the EU recycled plastic regulation that was implemented from 2022, as well as the application for the FDA's no objection letters (NOLs).

David Ettinger, Partner, Keller and Heckman
Eric Gu, Senior Regulatory Counselor, Keller and Heckman
End of Day One
Session 4: Food Contact Regulatory update Europe & North America
FDA Regulatory Updates on Food Contact Substances
The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act requires pre-market authorization for all food additives including those that are used in contact with food. FDA evaluates market and scientific information to determine safety-based decisions for a specific food contact substance based on its intended use during the review of Food Contact Substance Notification (FCN) submissions. In addition, FDA reevaluates food contact substances when safety questions arise, or additional scientific data becomes available post-authorization. This presentation will focus on additional regulatory updates from FDA pertaining to the food contact substance notification program.
Dr. Anita Chang | Regulatory Review Scientist, U.S. FDA
US State Regulations of PFAS in food packaging
PFAS has been one of the global hot topics in the sector of food contact materials, especially from US point of view. This session will share the update on different states in the USA and how PFAS are defined.
Dr. Jessica Cooper | Chemistry Specialist, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Session 5: Updates from the FCM sector: (coating, inks, colorants, adhesives etc.)
Food contact regulations for coated metal: an industry perspective
  • Overview of food contact regulations for coated metal in Asia-Pacific
  • Import-export considerations on the EU and US regulations and their impact on Asia-Pacific regulations
  • PFAs and BPA free coatings for food packaging
Dr. Sylvain Rannou, Regional Manager, Food Contact Regulatory Compliance AP at PPG
Shengnan Li, FCM Regulatory Manager at PPG Packaging Coatings AP
Networking break
Safe Adhesive for Sustainable Food Contact Materials
•    Sustainable FCM
•    Food Safe adhesives and changes in regulation
-             PFAS, BPA and other Chemical of Concern FCM and Adhesives (Henkel’s prospective)
•    FCM value chain on food contact safety
Wen-Gie Siew | Regional PSRA Director - Asia Pacific, Henkel
Q&A session
Moderator: Bonnie Zhang, PhD, CST, Senior Regulatory Manager, Nouryon
All available speakers
Lunch break
Session 6: FCM Petition in China
New Food Contact Material Petition in China
The presentation will first go through positive list of food contact materials in China, and then introduce the requirements of full dossier for a new basic resin or additive petition.  Its incl. physiochemical property, technical necessity, intended use and use conditions, manufacture process, quality specifications, toxicological assessment, migration testing, good references, etc.
Rainbow Zhang | Ph.D, Diplomat of Certified Toxicologist, CST General Manager, Intertek ASSURIS China
Session 7: Global development on sustainability in food contact packaging
Recycled plastics for food contact packaging
  • What specifically are recyclable?
  • Recycled PET for FCM
  • Recycled PP for FCM
  • Other recycled plastics for food contact applications.

Geoffroy Delesseps | Technical Director, ALBA Group Asia
The international scenario regarding sustainability, both from legislative and people’s perception point of view, is still evolving and is very variegated. Compostable materials have the chance to be a strategic option for many industries. In many Countries all around the world, where single use plastics had been banned, compostable plastics were considered as an alternative. Food contact use is one of the possible development sector for compostable plastics, especially when its use is favourable, reasonable and with a limited environmental impact. It happens when food contact compostable materials can be collected with organic waste (food waste): this could help waste management systems, avoid landfill and be an easy practice for citizens. For the international trade of compostable items, two rules emerge as particularly important.
- Compostable materials important for food contact applications
 - Worldwide success of biodegradable materials is linked to standards and safety
 - Case study: compostable coffee capsules
Andrea Vittadello | Project Manager, Science Center, Mérieux NutriSciences Italia
Closing Remarks