Food Contact Training US

November 12th - 13th 2019 | Chicago, Illinois USA

Smithers Food Contact Training US is coming to Chicago, IL this November 12-13, 2019 for a fourth successful year.

This training provides the necessary foundation needed to be successful and stay compliant in the food contact industry, and brings knowledgeable advisors face-to-face with attendees in a specialized, close-knit training course. Organized by Smithers, a worldwide authority on packaging, paper, and print industry supply chains.

The legislation for food contact materials is constantly evolving. For consumer safety, it's critical that every person involved in food packaging and production understands and monitors food packaging regulation requirements, and has the resources and know-how to forecast the industry landscape. 

Attendees will gain invaluable insight from our speakers: Alistair Irvine, Manager for Food Contact Compliance at Smithers, Eric Greenberg, Principal Attorney who concentrates his practice in food and drug law, packaging law, and commercial litigation, and Ron Osborn, the Principal Scientist of Packaging Compliance at Mars Wrigley.

2019 Agenda is Confirmed! Don't miss out on this opportunity!

Day One

Session I

  1. Coffee & Registration

  2. Introduction & Why Do We Have Food Contact Rules?

  3. EU Framework Regulation & GMP 2023/2006

  4. Networking Break

Session II

  1. US Regulatory Framework – Intro to Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act & Food Additives

  2. EU Plastics Legislation: 10/2011 The Plastics in Contact with Foods Legislation

  3. Lunch

Session III

  1. The Role of the US CFR – A Big Part of the Story, But Not the Whole Story

  2. EU National Legislation: Paper/Coatings and the Relationship with National Regulations

  3. Networking Break

Session IV

  1. US FCNs: Why Do They Get All the Attention?

  2. EU Approval Process for Food Contact Substances

  3. US GRAS and Other FDA Exemption Pathways

  4. Reception

Day Two

Session V

  1. Morning Refreshments

  2. EU Understanding NIAS and Their Role in Food Contact

  3. Food Contact in the Rest of the World (Asia, Latin America, and Other Notable Regions)

  4. Networking Break

Session VI

  1. The Role of Supply Chain Communication in Compliance & EU Considerations

  2. Q&A with Ron Osborn, Mars Wrigley, Principal Scientist - Packaging Compliance

  3. Fundamentals of Product Stewardship

  4. Lunch

Session VII

  1. US Considerations for Supply Chain Compliance in Light of FSMA and FSVP

  2. Current EU Projects Under Consideration & Future Regulatory Landscape

  3. Networking Break

Session VIII

  1. Current FDA Plans & Future Regulatory Landscape

  2. Wrap Up – Preparing Yourself for Current & Future Food Contact Regulations

  3. Closing Remarks


This year's Food Contact Training will be held at
The University Club of Chicago

The University Club of Chicago  |  76 East Monroe Street | Chicago, IL 60603

Room rate:
Monroe Street rooms - $239.00 + 18% surcharge per night
Court (Queen) - $219.00 + 18% surcharge per night
Court (Full size) - $209.00 + 18% surcharge per night

Cut-off date for hotel reservations: October 14, 2019

Book your room online:
To book your room online, click here to be re-directed to the hotel website.
At the top of the page, select 'Group Code' and input code: 6858. Select your dates of arrival and departure and your room choice. Continue the booking process to finalize.

Book your room by phone:
To book by phone call the Club at (312) 726 -2840, ask for Guest Room Reservations and mention you are coming in for the Smithers Food Contact Training. If needed, mention group code 6858.


Dress code:

Business casual attire or better is required throughout the Clubhouse Monday through Friday. Smart Casual attire is permitted every Saturday and Sunday throughout the Clubhouse. 

A jacket and tie are required in Cathedral Hall for a la carte dining. Smart casual, which does include denim, is permitted in the following areas: 

- during check-in, check-out and traveling the Lobby to and from the guest rooms.
- All private dining rooms
- 7th floor Living Room and Bean Counter
- 8th floor The Parliament dining room


2019 Training Pricing 

Registration is now open. For assitance with event registration, please contact Starla Ford  +1 (330) 762 7441. 

5/9/19 - 9/13/19 Super Early Bird Price $999.00
9/14/19 - 11/13/19 Standard Price $1,099.00
Register Now!
  • Eric F. Greenberg

    Principal Attorney Eric F. Greenberg P.C.

    Eric F. Greenberg is Principal Attorney of the law firm Eric F. Greenberg, P. C., with a practice concentrated in food and drug law, packaging law, and commercial litigation.

    His food and drug work has included regulatory counseling, label and claims review, new product development, GRAS and food contact materials evaluations and clearances, negotiations with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and state agencies, handling recalls, and defending enforcement actions.   

    He and his firm counsel a wide range of consumer product companies, packaging manufacturers and others on regulatory and labeling requirements, and handle related contractual and litigation matters.

    In addition to his law practice, Eric is a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he teaches Food and Drug Law and Administrative Law, and Michigan State University School of Packaging, where he teaches Packaging Law and Regulation.  

    He serves as monthly legal columnist for Packaging World Magazine.  

    Eric wrote the book, Guide to Packaging Law, the Second Edition of which was published in October 2007.  

    His firm is based in Chicago and represents clients based all over the world.

  • 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.

  • Ron Osborn

    Principal Scientist; Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, Americas R&D, Mars Wrigley

    Ron Osborn is currently a Principal Scientist for the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, at their Global Innovation Center in Chicago, IL.  He is a member of the Scientific and Regulatory Affairs group and is primarily responsible for the Safety and Regulatory Compliance assessments of food contact materials.  Additional responsibilities include safety evaluations of the seasonal add-on items marketed with Wrigley products and leading the development of Wrigley’s Packaging Compliance Management System.  Prior to his current position, Ron had a successful 20 year career in the analytical laboratory.