Pre-Conference Workshop: NIAS Challenges, Hurdles & Possible Solutions

Tuesday 14 May 2019 | 12:00-16:00

Non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) are chemical compounds that are present in food contact materials, but have not been added for a technical reason during the production process. Managing and dealing with NIAS is a huge challenge for many of those working in this industry, so this workshop provides the perfect opportunity to learn more about them, and discover potential solutions.

The workshop will cover topics on how to manage and deal with NIAS, including:

  • NIAS assessment (i.e. POSH, other oligomers, pefluorocarbon chemicals, mineral oil, primary aromatic amines (PAAs))
  • Confusion on what can be done and how can it be done when it comes to NIAS - how to check for contamination
  • Guidance to tests - what to do and how to know what tests to do
  • What about those substances which are not assessed by EFSA? i.e. NIAS breakdown and reaction products, there is no positive list - how to manage this?
  • Industry has toxicological data via REACH and derive own limits - how to calculate acceptable limits to be in compliance with framework legislation
  • What do member states accept and what do they not regarding testing data for NIAS - ECHA to explain what data they accept

The workshop will also include a Q&A session.

Tickets are just €499 in addition to your 2-day conference ticket, but places are limited so we advise booking as soon as possible to avoid missing out!

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*In order to attend the workshop, you must also register for the main Global Food Contact conference.

Your Workshop Speakers

  • Dr Christian Kirchnawy

    Team Leader OFI Technologie & Innovation GmbH

    Dr. Christian Kirchnawy studied food and biotechnology in Vienna. Since his diploma thesis in 2010 he is working on the application of in-vitro bioassays for the safety assessment of food packaging. For his doctor thesis in technical chemistry he developed test methods for the detection of endocrine active substances. Since 2011 he is leading the Microbiology & Cell Culture department at OFI. The main focus of his work, is on the safety assessment of food contact materials and medical devices

  • Dr. Martin Klatt

    Head of Product Stewardship, Regional Business Unit Dispersions & Resins Europe BASF, Germany

    1992: PhD in Chemistry @ University of Göttingen
    1992 – 1995: Senior Scientist @ University of Göttingen
    1995 – 1999: Research @ BASF for Engineering plastics and Flame Retardants
    1999 – 2000: Head of Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs @ BASF

    •Member of Bedarfsgegenstände Kommission of BfR
    •Chair of Plastics Europe FCC Expert and Exposure WG
    •Chair of FCA Polymerization Production Aids TF
    2007 – 2014: Head of Engineering Plastics and Flame Retardancy Research
    Since 2014 : Head of Product Stewardship @ Dispersions and Resins, E-EDE

    •Chair of EPDLA Food Contact Materials TF
    •Chair of RadTech HS&E Committee
    •Chair of CEFIC PARAD REACh Consortium