Rachida Semail counsels clients on the regulatory status of food packaging and food related matters in the European Union (EU) and around the globe. This includes food contact, drinking water contact, and compliance relating to enzymes, flavourings, and food additive clearances. She also counsels clients on clearance, compliance, and packaging issues relating to cosmetics, drugs, and medical devices, as well as product recalls and other related issues, including biocides in food contact materials. Rachida has also expertise on the textiles and machinery directives.
Prior to joining Keller and Heckman, Rachida practiced regulatory law at a French law firm specializing in EU and French food law where she assisted clients on various food issues, such as labeling, claims, borderline products, novel foods. During her doctorate studies, she completed an internship with the legal service of the European Commission in Brussels, where she gained a first-hand perspective of policymaking and the legislative process, while completing her doctorate thesis.
Founder & CEOat
Scott co-founded Stacks Data (then known as PeerAspect) in 2011 and has been running it ever since. He is an experienced chief executive officer with a long history of work in the sustainability industry. Scott is globally recognized in Life Cycle Analysis, and is skilled in Sustainable Development, Corporate Social Responsibility, Environmental Issues, and Entrepreneurship. He has a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Columbia University.
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Joan Baughan practices food and drug law, focusing on US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and comparable international regulation of food contact materials, drugs, cosmetics, and medical devices. With a distinctive legal and scientific background in microbiology and medical technology, Joan helps clients establish regulatory compliance for their products globally, performs compliance audits and training seminars, and represents companies and trade associations before US agencies and their international counterparts.
In addition to her FDA experience, Joan developed substantial experience counselling clients on the regulation of food packaging materials and medicinal products under European Union and Member State legislation while working in Brussels. She has been assisting clients with EU food-contact matters, and with similar matters in MERCOSUR, China, and Japan, for decades. Because she has considerable experience with food packaging legislation in many jurisdictions, she is uniquely qualified to assist companies with global needs.
She is also an accomplished writer within the food and drug arena. For example, she is a chapter contributor and the sole editor of the comprehensive food packaging book, "Global Legislation for Food Contact Materials.” The second edition of this essential reference for industry stakeholders was published earlier this year. Joan frequently speaks at international conferences on various FDA and related regulatory topics.
European Vending & Coffee Service Association
Erwin Wetzel is both an Austrian and French national. Native speaker in German and French , he is also fluent in English, and has a proficient use of Spanish. He holds two Master Degrees, one in Political Science from the University of Innsbruck, and a Masters of Arts in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. Before working for the EVA, Erwin had several professional experiences, assisting Members of the European Parliament, and the Committee of the Regions. He also worked for the Federation of Austrian Municipalities.
Erwin started his career with the EVA as Regulatory Affairs Manager in February 2011, then worked as Deputy Director in September 2012. He has been the EVA Director General since January 2014.
His main responsibilities are the general management of the Association and the leading of the strategic communication. He is also in charge of several committees & working groups.
You can contact Erwin for any questions and membership enquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Simon Tilling is a partner in both the London and Brussels offices of Steptoe & Johnson where he advises clients on UK and EU chemicals and product regulation and environment and sustainability law. Simon’s practice covers regulatory compliance and supply chain diligence, investigations, enforcement and criminal defense, regulatory appeals, tribunal hearings, and environmental and product-related civil claims.
With a joint honors degree in Chemistry and Law, Simon combines robust scientific analysis with persuasive advocacy to resolve complex and technical environmental issues. Simon's interest in chemistry has given him a particular focus on chemicals regulation, such as food contact materials, REACH, biocides, the control of chemicals in the environment, and the life-cycle of products and wastes within the circular economy. Chambers quotes clients as saying "Simon is super – especially at chemicals regulation".
As a UK lawyer with many years of experience in EU chemicals and product regulations, Simon is particularly well placed to help clients navigate access to the newly independent market of Great Britain and to represent industry in its engagement with the UK regulators and institutions, and before the UK courts, tribunals and appeal bodies.
Keller and Heckman LLP
Hazel O'Keeffe counsels clients on the regulation of food-contact materials, notably in the European Union (EU), Switzerland and the United Kingdom, focusing on establishing a suitable status for all types of food-contact materials at both the EU and national level.
Hazel helps clients navigate the complexities of applying the principle of mutual recognition to facilitate the free movement of non-harmonized products throughout the EU, the European Economic Area (EEA), and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries. She advises on inter alia, EU requirements for biocides, materials in contact with drinking water, personal protective equipment, packaging waste and single-use plastics, medicinal products/European Pharmacopoeia, medical devices, cosmetics, fluorinated greenhouse gases, ozone depleting substances and recycling and green claims.
She completed an internship at the European Commission during which she specialized in relations with the European Parliament and gained first-hand experience of the workings of the EU institutions.
Hazel is a contributing author to PackagingLaw.com, as well as related industry publications, and is frequently invited to speak at international food-contact conferences.
Regulatory Affairs Manager - Europeat
The Sherwin-Williams Company
Peter graduated from York University with a BA in Chemistry and from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology with a PhD in polymer science. He has worked in the resins and coatings industries in various roles. He is currently Regulatory Affairs Manager (in Europe) for The Valspar Corporation and is actively involved in activities to support the can coating business and food contact, some of which are chairing the industry consortium involved in the 7th Framework Programme for developing a risk management tool to assess exposure to migrants from food packaging (FACET) and the Coatings Code of Practice group in addition to supporting other trade association initiatives. The latest initiative is in critiquing conditions in the migration guidelines for the plastics regulation and where they are inappropriate for non-plastics in association with numerous professional associations.
Peter has published widely – over 18 books and peer reviewed scientific articles.
Dr Martin Klatt
Executive Specialist Regulatory Affairs, Head of Product Stewardship Dispersions and Resins Europeat
Dr Martin Klatt, PhD, has been a chemist with BASF since 1995. In his current role he is REACh Coordinator and Global Registration Coordinator of the Operating Division Dispersions and Resins.
He has held multiple advocacy activities including President of dispersion producer’s association Europe (EPDLA), President of UVEB curable resins Europe (UVEB), Member of Board of ALIPA, Chair of Radtech HSE Committee (Radtech = Radiation curing technology value chain), Chair of Deutsche Bauchemie AK 6.10 “Polymere”, and Member of CARACAL Subgroup Polymers
Dr Malcolm Driffield
Managing Scientist, Chemical Regulation & Food Safetyat
Dr. Malcolm Driffield has over 25 years’ experience in the field of analytical chemistry, providing advice and guidance on the analytical techniques used to investigate problems across a number of commodities and Industries including food, beverages, packaging and food contact materials. During his 16 years at a UK Government lab, he gained widespread experience in analytical methodologies used for the determination of chemical contaminants in foods and food contact materials, including an extensive knowledge of non-targeted analysis techniques used for the determination of non-intentionally added substances (NIAS).
In November 2018 Dr Driffield took up the position of Managing Scientist in the Chemical Regulation and Food Safety Team at Exponent International, a multi-disciplinary engineering and scientific consulting firm, and now specializes in technical and regulatory problem solving, assisting businesses to gain authorization for products to be used in different global markets, and providing advice and guidance on analytical techniques used to investigate problems, and the interpretation of information rich data sets determined by modern analytical techniques.
Machines Regulatory Managerat
Mark is a global regulatory manager responsible for ensuring that every machine supplied by the Lavazza Group complies with the regulatory compliance requirements of every market in which products are sold. Food contact compliance requirements is key component of this role alongside requirements such EMC, Safety, Radio, Environmental, Sustainability and Energy Efficiency.
Prior to working at Lavazza he spent 25+ years working for TUV SUD and Underwriters laboratories providing a wide range of testing and certification services covering a huge range of products from mobile phones to ejector seats for military aircraft
Cepi The Confederation of European Paper Industries
Anna Papagrigoraki is the Sustainability Director at Cepi, the European Confederation of Paper Industries, since 2019. Prior to Cepi, Anna held positions in PlasticsEurope where she was part of the Advocacy team and CEFS, the EU Sugar Manufacturers Association as an Environment & Agricultural Advisor. She has experience in environmental policy topics ranging from industrial emissions and circular economy to climate change and life-cycle-assessment. Anna has Masters in Civil Engineering (2009) and MSc in Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (2010) from the University of Southampton.
Director, Product Stewardshipat
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Dr. Barry Podd
Dr. Barry Podd gained a BA (Hons) and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Essex. Post Doctoral Research Fellow for three years at the University of Surrey.
He spent 34 years in Industry in various positions in Research and Development, Marketing, Sales and the Regulatory Affairs Departments and in the Consumer Products Industry as Associate Director Global Regulatory Affairs responsible for regulatory management issues related to chemicals, biocides and food contact around the world before retiring in 2013.
Before retiring, Barry was active in a number of Trade Associations, including CEFIC, EDANA and the European Tissue Symposium, where he either chaired and/or participated in a large number of working groups.
Kevin C. Kenny
SVP Compliance Contentat
A member of the FoodChain ID Executive Leadership Team, Kevin is an experienced regulatory attorney who has worked and consulted in the food and consumer products space for 25 years. He advises some of the world’s largest manufacturers on food additive, food contact and supply chain compliance challenges. He has headed international consulting projects on four continents over two decades and is responsible for the content of FoodChain ID’s regulatory compliance products. Prior to FoodChain ID’s acquisition of Decernis (of which Kevin was a founder), he was responsible for regulatory content and was Executive Director of the global advisory services team.
Food Packaging Forum Foundation
Justin is Operations Director at the Food Packaging Forum, an independent foundation for science communication and scientific research. He works at the science-policy interface to enable better decision-making by applying the latest science on chemicals in food contact materials and on the environmental impacts of food packaging. After finishing his studies in Environmental Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and North Carolina State University, he worked as a research scientist and project manager focusing on modeling the emissions and fate of fluorinated substances in the environment, mapping the life cycles of endocrine disrupting chemicals, and supporting projects focused on strengthening international science-policy communication. He is a co-author and reviewer of multiple reports for the United Nations Environment Programme on chemicals and waste, has supported scientific discussions within the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, and was the coordinating author of the recent Springer Nature textbook “Chemical Products and Processes” which teaches the environmentally oriented design of chemical products and processes.
Dr Alistair Irvine
Senior Manager, Food Contact Testing, Material Science and Engineeringat
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.