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Food Contact Training US

Thank you for attending November 12th - 13th 2019 in Chicago, Illinois USA

Stay tuned for more information on the 2020 event.

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.

Take a look at the 2019 agenda below.

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

  • 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.

  • Alistair Irvine

    Senior Manager, Food Contact Testing 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.