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Food Contact Materials Compliance – Holistic Perspectives
Welcome & Introduction
Holistic perspectives about how to comply based on the main regulations of Food Contact Materials, including Microplastics and Single Use Plastic (SUP):
  • Food safety (FCMs regulations)
  • Biocides (BPR)
  • Use of chemicals (REACH)
  • Environment – sustainable packaging. Design & circularity
  • Microplastic & SUP

Dr Alistair Irvine | Principal Technical Specialist – Food Contact Testing, Smithers
Holistic Perspectives on Environment and Use of Chemicals (REACH)
Holistic Perspectives on Food safety (FCMs regulations) and Biocides (BPR)
  • The regulatory landscape for biocides in FCMs
  • Treated article or biocidal product?
  • Making public health claims
Impact of Brexit
Hazel O'Keeffe | Partner, Keller and Heckman LLP
Networking break
Technical Requirements on Testing for a Holistic Approach to FCM Compliance
  • A discussion on Food Safety Regulations
  • Techniques used to test products based on Food Contact Materials regulatory frameworks
  • Overall migration, specific migration, and migration of NIAS
  • Analytical techniques for microplastics characterization and quantification

Dr Malcolm Driffield | Managing Scientist - Food Safety and Food Contact, Exponent International Limited
Chemical Raw Material Compliance – Practical Scope of a Food Contact Paperboard Manufacturer
This presentation will cover Food safety and Use of chemicals issues – few views on REACH but mainly concentrating on wider requirements related to chemicals as raw materials
Helena Moring-Vepsäläinen | Product Safety, Metsä Board
Closing Panel Discussion
Closing Panel Discussion with the speakers of this session
Short Wrap Closing Remarks
SESSION I – Global Food Contact European Roadmap: Legislation & New Perspectives
EU Commission Keynote Address: An Overview of the Evaluation/ Revision of the EU FCM Legislation
The Future Challenges for the Food Contact and Packaging Industry
  • An overview from the SUP Directive including the Chemicals Strategies, the Packaging Waste Legislation, and the Green Deal goals

Rachida Semail | Partner, Keller & Heckman
Interactive Q&A with the speakers of this session
SESSION II- Brand owners’ & Raw Material Suppliers’ Insights
Brand Owner’s Perspectives - Safety and Compliance of Food Contact Materials
  • Exploring examples from Nestlé about deployment of changes in regulations

Dr. Lionel Spack | Senior Food Contact Materials Expert NQAC EMENA, Nestle
How to Comply Where There Is Not a Packaging Regulation? – Challenges & Opportunities that Mars Wrigley Has Been Facing in the Path
  • Assurance of compliance even there is not a Mexican packaging regulation
  • Communication to suppliers about the importance of compliance
  • Stablishing processes and ways of working
  • Challenges faced on the path
  • Impact of Covid-19

Ana Cecilia Garcia | Associate Specialist Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Mars Wrigley
Networking break
Requirements for Sustainable Food Contact Packaging – a Raw Material Supplier Perspective
SESSION III – Food Contact Regulations in North America: What is Changing & How the Future Looks Like?
Recycled Plastics for Food Packaging in the US: Regulatory Background and Procedures for the Safety Assessment
  • Submission to FDA for review of a recycling process is a voluntary process and includes chemistry review only, to address potential chemical contaminants present in the feedstock and recycled plastics.
  • Issuance of a letter of no objection (LNO) describes FDAs opinion that the resultant recycled plastic is allowed for food contact applications under the specified conditions of use
  • Consistent engagement with stakeholders supports FDAs understanding of emerging technology in recycling processes, particularly the shift from PET to other polymers
  • Updates to the FDA recycling plastic guidance is currently in progress 

Dr LaShonda Cureton | Lead Chemist, Division of Food Contact Substances, Department of Health and Human Services, Food Contact Notification of U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA
Updated Perspectives of Proposition 65 of California
  • Overview and status of Cal Prop 65
  • Recent updates
  • Outlook into the future

Kevin C. Kenny | Executive Chairman, Decernis
Perspectives on Food Contact Materials Regulations in Canada
  • Regulatory landscape for food packaging materials
  • Overview of Submission process and letters of no objection (LONO)
  • The Chemicals Management Plan (CMP)
  • Update on the Direction of Canada’s Regulation of Food Contact Materials

Cynthia Scholten | Scientific Evaluator, Health Product and Food Branch, Santé Canada – Canada
SESSION IV - Regulations & Updates in Latin America: MERCOSUR and New Initiatives
Updated presentation & interview: MERCOSUR and Latin America
Decernis User Meeting
SESSION V – Circular Economy & Food Contact Materials: Global Perspectives
Keynote Address: CEPI’s perspectives on GMP and the Future of the Industry
New Sustainability Perspectives from Nestle – Challenges & Opportunities
  • How Nestle manages new sustainability via the introduction of plastic alternatives such as paper packaging and how regulatory compliance is managed - what is new, what are the challenges and what are the learnings?
  • An overview of the global regulatory situation with respect to paper packaging.
  • A case study

Sylvain Rannou | NPTC Dairy Packaging Quality, Safety & Compliance Senior Specialist, Nestlé Product Technology Center (NPTC) Dairy
FCM Regulatory Compliance for Sustainable Packaging: Reg. framework, Safety Challenges and Sustainable Product Certification Schemes
  • Overview of international FCM legislation
  • TUVR product testing and DINCERTCO certification scheme requirements for sustainable products (bio-based, compostable and recyclable materials) and related migration safety challenges

Marco Scialpi | Food Contact Material Global Business Development Manager & FCM Senior Expert, TÜV International GmbH
Alternatives to Plastics: Challenges Pertaining to Compliance with FCM Regulations
  • An overview of these new technologies in the paper sector and the challenges faced to reach compliance: from exploring alternatives to plastics, alternatives to perfluoro compounds, and paper-based packaging materials, through  innovative barrier processes and compliance of new substances and food contact materials

Caroline Locre | Project Coordinator - Functional Products & Surfaces - Food Contact, Centre Technique du Papier
Networking break
Case Study: Learnings from Crown Van Gelder B.V
  • Introducing food safe eco-friendly sugar beet paper and the analysis why we have chosen this specific agricultural residual stream from the sugar plant  for substituting wood cellulose fibres
  • Which role can a paper (-mill) play in the circular economy
  • What impact can we make?
  • How do we ensure Food Contact Materials compliance?

Jan Rops | Product Manager, Marketing & Sales, Crown Van Gelder B.V
SESSION VI – Food Contact Materials: Complex & Fast-moving Regulations in Asia
Regulation of Food Contact Materials in China and Japan
  • Overview of food contact regulation in China and Japan
  • Recent developments regarding Japanese positive lists
  • Forthcoming developments in China – draft adhesives standard and newly-authorized substances

Daniel Rubenstein | Associate, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Regulatory Updates from India, Taiwan and Korea - Holistic approaches
  • Changes in India's evoking regulatory framework
  • Taiwan's steps so far, and a view of the likely outcome
  • What's on the horizon for Korean regulations

Dr. Mitchell Cheeseman | Director, FDA Practice,, Decernis, USA
Discussion & Interactive Q&A with the speakers of this session
SESSION VII – Advanced Materials in Sustainable Food Packaging
How Eastman Resin enables Sustainable BOPP High Barrier Films in Food Packaging
  • How can Eastman resins enable mono-material BOPP films in food packaging?
  • This presentation will show the advantages of BOPP films based on homopolypropylene modified with Plastolyn™ R1140 hydrocarbon resin.
  • An overview on how metallized film constructions containing mainly PP enable high detectable rates in the sorting of recyclable PP, making it more sustainable

Synco de Vogel | Market Development Manager, Eastman
Decernis User Meeting
SESSION VIII – Food Safety Legislation in Europe & Other Regions
Keynote Address: Harmnisation Worldwide Perspectives - Updates from Russian Federation/ Africa/Middle East and Differences with EU or USA
Petitioning: The Implications of the Transparency Regulation
  • Focus on Applicants’ obligations when petitioning EFSA for new food contact substances

Hazel O'Keeffe | Partner, Keller and Heckman LLP
Food Contact Material Legislation in Australia & New Zealand – Compliance Considerations and Recent Activities
  • Overview of food contact regulation by FSANZ
  • Results of assessment relating to safety of chemical migration from packaging into food
  • Recent activities and future outlook

Joseph Dages | Associate, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Global and Regional Copliance for Process Filtration Devices Used to Produce Novel Food and Beverage Ingredients
  • Reflexions on Food contact materials (polymers and paper based), compliance to regional materials regulations, and implementation of new testing methods/simulants

Dr Lisa M Madsen | Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager, Food & Beverage, Pall Corporation
Networking break
Perspectives on PFAS
  • Review of historic and current regulatory efforts regarding PFAS
  • Analysis of PFAS exposure from food and food-contact materials
  • Agency responses and data gaps

Dr Jessica Cooper | Chemistry Specialist, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
SESSION IX – Risk Assessment of NIAS: Safety, Costs & Screening Methods
EuPIA’s Practice to Evaluate NIAS
  • NIAS definition
  • Basic principles for the evaluation
  • Advanced evaluation by using QSAR systems, read-across and TTC approach
  • The exposure side
  • Limitations for the assessment

Dr. Evert Delbanco | Food Safety + Toxicology, EuPIA
Screening of NIAS in Recycled PET and Biodegradable Materials for Food Contact Application (with a Focus in Asia)
Identification and Quantification of NIAS from Bio-based And Recycled Packaging
  • New materials, contaminants and NIAS regulatory needs in EU and USA
  • Testing approach, different techniques for different NIAS
  • Trends from technical groups – testing & interpretation
  • Focus on NIAS that cannot be tested with classical technique
  • Focus of techniques that can detect other substances and library implementation

Dr Marinella Vitulli | Director , Food Contact Center
SESSION X – Insights on Supply Chains & Lessons Learned
The Transparency in the Food Value Chain
  • There is increasing pressure to communicate chemical composition in the value chain. So, how to agree on common communications rules in the value chain

Päivi Harju-Eloranta | Director, Product Safety, Stora Enso Oy
Closing Panel Discussion
Speakers include;
  • Dr Alistair Irvine, Manager, Food Contact Compliance, Smithers Pira - UK
  • Prof Alejandro Ariosti, Sanitary Application Materials – Technical Assistance, National Institute of Industry Technology, Centre for Research and Technological Development for the Plastic Industry - Argentina
  • Dr Dario Dainelli, Dario Dainelli-Policy & Regulatory Affairs
Decernis User Meeting

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