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

Tuesday 14 May 2019 | 12.45-16:00

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

Risk assessment of NIAS: putting the ILSI guidance into practice

  • How to balance safety and costs in the risk assessment of NIAS
  • Analytical screening methods, quantification and identification of NIAS
  • Hazard and exposure assessment of NIAS through Matrix and FACET
  • How to deal with risk assessment of unidentified NIAS

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

  • Professor Alejandro Ariosti

    Materials for Sanitary Applications - Technical Assistance National Institute of Industrial Technology (INTI) - Plastics Centre, Argentina

    He is a Chemical Engineer (1981, National University of Buenos Aires) with two post-degrees: a Master on Food Science and Technology (1983, National University of Mar del Plata) and a Specialization on Plastics Conversion Technologies (2005, National University of San Martín).

    He received scholarships for technical training on food packaging and other sanitary applications of plastics, at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Roma, Italy) (1987), the Svenska Quality Management Group (Stockholm, 1987), the Japan Packaging Institute/JICA (Tokyo, 1991), and the Iberoamerican (Latin America + Spain + Portugal) CYTED (Science and Technology for Development) Program Center (Antigua Guatemala, 2002).

    He works at the National Institute of Industrial Technology (INTI) - Plastics Centre of Argentina since 1984, dealing with food packaging, materials interactions with foodstuffs, packaging and environment, and regulatory issues. His tasks at the INTI - Plastics Centre began with tests and analysis at the lab, continued and evolved with research and development, technical assistance, management, technical training, and standards and regulations development. He has been Deputy of the Plastics Centre (1997-2002) and also its Director (2002-2007). Now he is mainly involved with senior technical assistance and training, and with the MERCOSUR Packaging Group for the development of FCMs regulations.

    He also teaches Food Packaging at public Universities (National University of Buenos Aires - Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry – Food Science Department) (degree and post-degree), at the Argentine Catholic University (degree), and at the Argentine Packaging Institute (IAE) (tertiary level and post-degree). Since 2012 he is member of the Academic Commission of the Post-degree Specialization Course on Packaging (Agreement between the National University of Rosario and the IAE). He is coordinator of and Professor at several Modules of the post-degree course. He is also Professor of the IAE Technical Packaging Course since 1987.

    Since 1991 he represents INTI at the MERCOSUR Food Packaging Group, which developed the block regulations on different food contact materials, and since 1984 at the Argentine Institute of Standardization and Certification (IRAM).

    He has been national coordinator of two CYTED packaging projects (migration of food packaging components, and active and biodegradable food packaging), and at presents belongs to the scientific network Global Harmonization Initiative (GHI) (based at the BOKU University, Vienna, Austria), and he acts as its representative in Argentina.

    He is author and co-author of chapters of books in Spanish and English on food contact materials sanitary issues. For instance, his last publications are:


    - Kopper, G. and Ariosti, A., 2010. Food Packaging Legislation: Sanitary Aspects. In: Boisrobert, Ch., Stjepanovic, A., Oh, S., Lelieveld, H. (Eds.), Ensuring Global Food Safety  –  Exploring Global Harmonization. Academic Press/Elsevier, New York, USA, pp. 227-261. (now under review for the second edition in 2019).

    - Ariosti, A., (Guest Ed.). 2014. Proceedings of the 5th. ILSI International Symposium on Food Packaging 'Scientific developments supporting safety and innovation', Berlin, Germany, 14-16 November 2012. Food Additives and Contaminants: Part A (Taylor & Francis, UK), 31, 3, pp. 341-565.

    - Ariosti, A. and Olivera Carrión, M. 2014. Argentina. In: Kirchsteiger-Meier, E., Baumgartner, T. (Eds.), Global Food Legislation: An Overview. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA., Weinheim, Germany, pp.1-32.

    - Ariosti, A. 2015. Global legislation for regenerated cellulose materials in contact with food. In: Baughan, J. S. (Ed.). Global legislation for food contact materials, Woodhead Publishing Ltd., Cambridge, UK, pp. 109-139.

    - Ariosti, A. 2016. Managing contamination risks from packaging materials. In: Lelieveld, H., Gabrić, D., Holah, J. (Eds.), Handbook of hygiene control in the food industry, second ed. Woodhead Publishing, Duxford, UK, pp. 147-177.

    - Ariosti, A. and Padula, M. 2017. Use of nanomaterials for food packaging in Latin American and Caribbean countries. In: Veraart, R. (Ed.), The use of nanomaterials in food contact materials – Design, application, safety. DEStech Publications Inc., Lancaster, PA, USA, pp. 165-209.

  • 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

  • Ioan Paraschiv

    Regulatory Affairs Manager – REACH & Food Contact Materials Knoell NL B.V.

    Dr. Ioan Paraschiv is a Regulatory Affairs Manager at Knoell NL B.V. in the Netherlands. He is advising on the registration of food contact materials (FCM) in the EU and the US and is also supporting knoell’s clients in the preparation of registration dossiers for the industrial chemicals in Europe (REACh).

    He received his Ph.D. degree in Physical-Organic Chemistry from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, in January 2007. His thesis focused on the synthesis, characterization and opto-electronic properties of H-bond stabilized columnar discotic liquid crystals.

    Following his Ph.D. he has worked with several Contract Research Organizations (CROs) in the Netherlands, Scotland and Romania, with focus on solid state chemistry studies applied to small molecule pharmaceuticals, as well as on registration of crop protection products in the EU.

    During the last 7 years he has been providing scientific and regulatory support to customers on the analytical and physical chemistry sections of REACh/ FCM registration dossiers.

  • Dr. Dennis J. M. Snelders

    Project Manager Food Contact Materials Triskelion

    Triskelion is dedicated to assisting you in safety, authenticity, food contact material (FCM) testing, analytical chemistry and ingredient development in the Food & Feed industries.We provide full support for EU and FDA FCM regulations, compliance and NIAS investigations, as well as for the petitioning of new substances.