Food Contact Training UK

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

Where and when:

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


Day One

Day One

  1. Registration and refreshments

  2. Introduction

  3. The Framework Regulation and General Philosophy for Food Contact Legislation in the EU

  4. The Plastics Implementing Measure

  5. Morning refreshments

  6. The Plastics Implementing Measure continued

  7. Lunch

  8. Morning session continued

  9. GMP and Compliance Strategies

  10. Comfort Break

  11. Colorants, Coatings, Inks and Adhesives

  12. Afternoon refreshments

  13. Specific topics in EU Legislation

    • Future Legislation
    • NIAS
    • Recycling
    • Active and intelligent materials and articles
    • Q&A session
  14. Food Contact Health Scares

  15. Close of Day One

  16. Optional confidential discussions on your food contact issues

  17. Networking Drinks

Day Two

Day Two

  1. Registration and refreshments

  2. Nanotechnology

  3. European National Legislation

  4. Current and Future Paper Legislation

  5. Morning refreshments

  6. Case Study on Compliance for Multi-Material Multi-Layer Laminates

  7. EU Summary

  8. FDA Regulation of Food Contact Materials

  9. Lunch

  10. Complying with FDA Regulations - 21 CFR

  11. The Food Contact Notification Programme

  12. What the FDA Does Not Regulate

  13. FDA Summary

  14. Afternoon refreshments and close of course

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.

  • Tony Lord

    Principal Analytical Chemist Smithers

    Tony Lord is a Principal Consultant at Smithers. 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.

  • Dr. Barry Podd

    Consultant Independent consultancy

    Dr Barry Podd, Independent Consultant, gained a BA (Hons) and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Essex.

    He was a Post Doctoral Research Fellow for three years at the University of Surrey. Podd spent 26 years in the Chemical Industry in various positions in Research and Development, Marketing, Sales and the Regulatory Affairs Departments. Podd joined Kimberly Clark in 2005 and was Associate Director Global Regulatory Affairs responsible for Chemical Management and Food Contact issues around the world until he retired at the end of 2012. Before retiring, Barry was active in the EDANA and European Tissue Symposium [ETS] Trade Associations. Podd chaired the EDANA Industrial Wipes Group and the EDANA REACH Core Group plus being a member of the ETS Food Contact Working Group where he represented the European Tissue Industry on a number of Cross Industry Working Groups.