Food Contact Training UK

Due to popular demand, the world-renowned Smithers' Food Contact Training course will return to London in 2020. 

Training that gives you the knowledge and tools to run your business better

Smithers 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' 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.

Smithers' 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.
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

Where and when:

Food Contact Training (Spring)  - 3-4 March 2020 

Food Contact Training will take place at the Sandman Signature Hotel, London Gatwick.


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Your course presenters

  • Raquel Gonzalez

    Principal Analytical Chemist Smithers

    Raquel joined Smithers in 2011 and has over 7 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).

  • Dr. Alistair Irvine

    Manager, Food Contact Compliance Smithers

    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.

  • Dr. Barry Podd

    Consultant Independent consultancy

    Dr. Barry Podd 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.

    He spent 34 years in Industry in various positions in Research and Development, Marketing, Sales and the Regulatory Affairs Departments and in the Consumer Products Industry as Associate Director Global Regulatory Affairs responsible for regulatory management issues related to chemicals, biocides and food contact around the world before retiring in 2013.

     Before retiring, Barry was active in a number of Trade Associations, including CEFIC, EDANA and the European Tissue Symposium, where he either chaired and/or participated in a large number of working groups.