Global Food Contact 2019 Agenda

See below for what will be presented and discussed at the 2019 Global Food Contact.

Pre event workshop: 14th May 2019

NIAS: Challenges, Hurdles and Possible Solutions

Non-Intentionally Added Substances (NIAS) are chemical compounds that are present in food contact material but have not been added for a technical reason during the production process. Managing and dealing with NIAS is a huge challenge for many.


  1. Registration and Refreshment

  2. NIAS: How to manage and deal with NIAS

    Speakers include Dr Dennis J. M. Snelders, Triskelion, Ioan Paraschiv, Knoell Consult, Dr Christian Kirchnawy and Professor Alejandro Ariosti

    This workshop will include presentations and a discussion based session. The following points will be addressed and discussed with the group. 

    • NIAS assessment (e.g. POSH, other oligomers, pefluorocarbon chemicals, mineral oil, primary aromatic amines (PAAs))
    • Confusion what can be done and how can it be done when it comes to NIAS: How to check for contamination?
    • Guidance to tests – what tests to do and how to know what tests to do?
    • What about those substances which not assessed by EFSA? Ie NIAS. Breakdown and reaction products, there is no positive list- how to manage this?
    • NIAS: Q&A

    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

    Presentations and discussions on the above points will be addressed throughout the workshop and coffee break will take place for networking at 14.30.

  3. End of workshop

Day 1: 15th May 2019

Wednesday 15 May

  1. Registration and welcome refreshments

  2. Chairman’s opening remarks

    Alistair Irvine | Manager, Food Contact Compliance of Smithers Pira

Session 1: Regulating Food Contact Materials in Europe: Insight from National Regulators, Associations and the Food Contact Material Industry

  1. EU- Core developments and changes relating to European food contact legislation – a concise overview of key changes and updates that are vital to know

    Alistair Irvine | Manager, Food Contact Compliance of Smithers Pira

  2. Regulating food contact materials in Europe - A member state perspective

    Dr Bernard Hegarty | Director of Enforcement Policy of Food Safety Authority of Ireland


    • Member state guidance- requirements and timelines
    • News and updates regarding FCM regulation from member state perspective
    • Mutual recognition for FCM


  3. The absence of harmonised food contact legislation: challenges for industry

    Charlotte Bedford | Regulatory Affairs Manager of Ball Packaging Europe


    • Current status of Food Contact Material legislation – what is and isn’t harmonised?
    • Member State motivation to create legislation at national level in the absence of harmonised legislation, and the issues that this creates for industry.
    • Progress of current harmonisation efforts – is a new approach needed?


  4. Assessing safety of non-harmonised FCMs & FCAs

    Peter Oldring | Regulatory Regulatory Affairs (Europe) of Sherwin Williams (Ex Valspar)

    • Approaches for applying article 3 of the framework regulation to non-harmonised FCMs
    • Risk assessing and risk managing non-harmonised FCMs & FCAs.
    • Advice and guidance on risk assessments for non-harmonised materials


  5. Networking refreshment break

  6. Non harmonised materials: A perspective on the current EU legislative framework for food contact materials (FCM)

    Eugenio Cavallini | Technical Manager of CEPI, Belgium


    • Is the current EU legislative framework for Food Contact Materials (FCM)  fit for purpose for paper materials
    • How the regulatory environment will evolve in the EU (including, after Brexit) and what the paper industry would wish for
    • Safeguarding consumer safety: the issues and priorities
  7. INTERACTIVE: Question Time: What could a new food contact regulation look like?

    Speakers include: Peter Oldring, Regulatory Affairs Manager (Europe), Sherwin Williams, Ioan Paraschiv, Knoell Consult and Charlotte Bedford, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Ball Packaging Europe

    Industry experts will discuss the question, what could a new food regulation in Europe look like. 

  8. Networking lunch

Session 2: Food Contact Materials in North America

  1. The U.S. FDA’s Food Contact Regulatory Pathways and the Paradigm in Printing Inks on Food Packaging

    Sharon Koh-Fallet | Consumer Safety Officer, in the Office of Food Additive Safety/Division of Food Contact Notification of U.S. Food and Drug Administration

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) regulates food additives under the authority of the 1958 Food Additives Amendment to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and the 1997 amendment known as the Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act (FDAMA). FDAMA both defined a food contact substance and provided for the Agency’s Food Contact Substance Notification Program. All food contact substances require premarket approval based on their intended use. FDA has historically considered exposure from printing inks on food packaging to be minimal and has not required premarket approval for printing inks. However, with the recent studies showing migration of printing ink components into food, regulatory bodies across the world are facing new challenges on how to regulate printing inks. This presentation will give an overview of the U.S. FDA’s current regulatory framework for food contact materials and will discuss some of the scientific and regulatory questions surrounding printing inks on food packaging

  2. Food Contact Regulations: EU versus US

    Ioan Paraschiv | Regulatory Affairs Manager – REACH & Food Contact Materials of Knoell NL B.V.


    • Basic principles and structures
    • Indirect Food Additive versus Positive Listing approach
    • Differences in exposure scenarios and risk assessment approaches
    • Threshold of regulatory concern and No-migration principle versus EU barrier concept
    • Differences in approval process for new substances


Session 3: Food Contact Materials & Consumer Safety

  1. New poison centers regulation and guidance for those working with the manufacture of food contact materials

    Pavlina Chopova-Leprêtre | Associate of Mayer Brown

    This session will be hosted by:  Pavlina Chopova-Leprêtre, Associate Mayer Brown Europe-Brussels LLP

  2. Networking refreshment break

  3. Regulatory compliance system of a labelstock producer

    John Van bruschem | Product Regulatory Compliance Specialist of Avery Dennison

    Regulatory standards are changing over time and require companies to invest in keeping their information from suppliers up to date. A system that both collects the information and provides statements of compliance at the front end, automates our way of working.  Avery Dennison, has developed a tool that is used globally to connect data from suppliers with regulatory compliance. Our next step has been to introduce food contact information into this tool and allow for an easy stream of information to our customers. This makes for an easy to  do business with environment and is the next step in transparency in the supply chain. 

    Hosted by: John van Bruchem, MSc.  Product Regulatory Compliance Specialist, Avery Dennison


Session 4: Global Sustainability and Food Contact Materials: Circular Economy

  1. Food contact materials (with a focus on plastic) and sustainability: How to implement and verify progress on plastic reduction objectives from large food brands

    Vincent Doumeizel | Vice President Food & Sustainability of Lloyds Register


    • Plastic for food packaging is essential to limit food waste & preserve food safety but damaging strongly our ecosystem
    •  Alternative exists but there is lack of experience / scalability
    • A need for tools to implement & monitor progress by large food brands in order to understand and reward their efforts - A new paradigm is possible !
  2. Sustainability and the demand to replace plastic

    Katja Tuomola | Business Development Director of Metsä Board


    • Public pressure is driving the need for the development of Food Contact Materials that are environmentally friendly – for example paper board.
    • Can you produce food contact materials that can really be a true replacement for plastic?
    • How to manage non harmonised legislation for paper
  3. Chair’s conference closing remarks

    Alistair Irvine | Manager, Food Contact Compliance of Smithers Pira

  4. Decernis user meeting

    This will be an engaging and interactive session, to encourage networking and informal discussion between participants. 

  5. Networking drinks reception

Day 2: 16th May 2019

Thursday 16 May

  1. Registration & welcome refreshments

  2. Chair’s opening remarks

    Alistair Irvine | Manager, Food Contact Compliance of Smithers Pira

Session 5: GFC Asia: China, India & Japan- Recent Developments & Key Fact Find

  1. China: Food contact regulations- clarification and practical guidelines

    Xiaolu Wang | Regulatory Research Analyst - Asia Pacific of Verisk 3E

    • Changes to date – clearly summarised and explained
    • What are the rules and regulations?
    • Common challenges and hurdles and how to overcome this
    • Confusion – where is the confusion and clarification upon this
    • Guideline for import processes in China for FCM
    • New proposals –will any be adopted
  2. Food contact regulations in Japan

    Ruud Overbeek | Chief, Business Development & Strategy of Decernis


    • State of play, what is new, what happened since 2017
    • Japan new positive lists.
    • Understanding changes linked to key associations (JHOSPHA- trade association in Japan) who currently play a pivotal role with FCM in Japan
    • The role of the Ministry of Health in Japan and how this is changing – what does this mean for industry?
    • Summary of changes and clarification on developments
  3. Food contact regulations in India

    Monika Rawat | Lead Regulatory Affairs of Zydus Wellness Limited


    • State of play, what is new, what happened since 2017
    • Summary of changes and clarification on developments
    • India changes


  4. Food Contact Asia Q&A

  5. Networking refreshments break

Session 6: FCM Regulation: Latin America

  1. MERCOSUR and Latin America

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


    • A comparison of the regulatory situation in MERCOSUR, the EU, the US-FDA, Chinese and Japanese regulations
    • Advanced trends on how countries and blocks with FCMs regulations in force regard the EU and US-FDA regulations as references.
  2. Latin America: Food Contact Q&A

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

Session 7: Global FCM Regulation


    Ruud Overbeek | Chief, Business Development & Strategy of Decernis


    • Food packaging sustainability in trading markets - open discussion 
    • Other regional updates from across the globe and hot news including - Titanium dioxide – food additives – suspensions- what is going on here?
  2. Networking lunch break

  3. Antimicrobial nanosilver as an additive for food contact materials - Regulatory challenges

    Nanosilver is a wide-spectrum antimicrobial: It can be used to prevent food spoilage and food poisoning related to food contact material

    Risk assessment and characterisation for silver nanoparticles are available
    Regulatory framework: both EU BPR and PIM (EU 10/2011) apply
    High bureaucratic burden for SME in the EU
    Application for approval as biocidal substance and food contact material was submitted by RAS AG – updates on the approval process and status

Session 8: FCM Testing, Risk Assessments and Migration Challenges

  1. Barrier performances of papers: does the lack of harmonisation in testing methods impact the evaluation of the material?

    Caroline Locre | Project Engineer – Functional Products & Surfaces – Food Contact of Centre Technique Du Papier

    • Substances migrating into foodstuffs are a concern, and barrier materials stopping that migration are more and more common on the market
    • Due to the lack of harmonisation, many methods exist to evaluate barrier to contaminant properties
    •  Comparability of methods has been evaluated in order to draw conclusions on their relevance


  2. Developing mineral oil barriers: How to ensure that our food is reliably protected against mineral oil and other contaminants

    Piedad Curiel, Laboratory Manager, Repsol


    • There is a risk that mineral oil constituents migrate to food and a need to develop mineral oil barriers that protects food by keeping oil residues out of it.
    • Exploring solutions that can guarantee that our food is reliably protected against mineral oil and other contaminants.
    • This presentation explores some examples of the determination of MOSH-MOAH in polyolefin samples and experimental HVTR (heptane vapor transmission rate) tests for different types of barrier materials.


    MOSH-MOAH determination in polyolefin samples and HVTR test for barrier materials

    Sonia Huertas Senior Scientist , Repsol &  Piedad Curiel Laboratory Manager, Repsol, Spain

  3. Chair’s conference summary and closing remarks

    Alistair Irvine | Manager, Food Contact Compliance of Smithers Pira

  4. End of conference