2018 Programme

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Pre-Conference Workshop A (morning)

Pre-conference workshop A (morning) - Monday, 3 December

Title: “Major regulatory scenarios that have an impact on food contact plastics”.

  1. Welcome and registration

  2. Polymer Comply Europe: who we are, what we do , how we can help doing business in Food Contact Materials

    Martin Policar | Regulatory Compliance of Polymer Comply Europe

  3. An holistic approach to risk assessment of non-intentionally added and non-listed substances: the EuPC/JRC project

    Dario Dainelli | Sr Regulatory Advisor of Polymer Comply Europe

  4. Networking break

  5. Sustainable food contact plastics: a trip towards Circular Economy

    Silvia Freni Sterrantino | EU Regulatory Affairs Manager of European Plastics Converters

  6. Reach and Food Contact Plastics: crossing chemical legislation and food contact legislation, and continue to be compliant

    Geoffroy Tillieux | Director Regulatory Compliance of European Plastics Converters (EuPC)

  7. A joint Q&A

  8. End of the pre-conference workshop

Pre-Conference Workshop B (afternoon)

Pre-conference workshop B (afternoon) - Monday, 3 December

Title: “Establishing food-contact compliance for partially regulated materials in the EU, US, and elsewhere”

  1. Welcome & registration

  2. A practical session: Establishing food-contact compliance for partially regulated materials in the EU, US, and elsewhere

    Alistair Irvine | Manager, Food Contact Compliance of Smithers Pira

    Catalysts and other polymerisation aids such as surfactants

    What these materials have in common is that they are not fully regulated or even exempt from specific regulation under either (or in some cases both of) the EU or FDA systems and have a more complicated regulatory status than monomers and additives for plastics and paper.  In this Workshop, Dr Alistair Irvine, will focus on the EU and FDA regulatory system, but will also draw on concepts from other major market clearance systems such as China, Mercosur and Japan.

  3. Networking break

  4. more discussion including a Q&A

    Alistair Irvine | Manager, Food Contact Compliance of Smithers Pira

  5. End of the pre-conference workshop

Day One (Plastics track)

Tuesday 4th December 2018 – Conference Day One (Plastics track)

  1. Registration & welcome

  2. Chairman’s opening remarks

    Alistair Irvine | Manager, Food Contact Compliance of Smithers Pira

Session 1 – Regulatory overview in global and regional markets

  1. Keynote Address: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

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

    • Overview of official controls on compliance with food contact material legislation
    • Update on European Commission’s audits of Member States’ official controls
    • How much reassurance can we give the public on compliance and safety?
  2. Mutual recognition principle to market food contact materials and articles EU-wide

    Rachida Semail | Partner of Keller and Heckman LLP

    • General overview: What does it mean? When and how to use it? 
    • The revision of the Mutual Recognition Regulation: will it improve industry’s current experience?
  3. FCM Legislation in 2025: A plastic industry vision

    Dario Dainelli | Sr Regulatory Advisor of Polymer Comply Europe

    • The EU Commission's Roadmap on FCM legislation
    • Evaluating the current FCM legislation, and understanding the basis for the future (VISION 2025)
  4. Networking Break

  5. An update on EU legislation on plastics and plastics recycling

    Dr. Christa Hametner | Senior Expert for Consumer Goods of Österreichische Agentur für Gesundheit und Ernährungssicherheit GmbH (AGES)- Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety

  6. State and Local Restrictions for Packaging in the United States

    Jeff Keithline | Partner of Keller and Heckman LLP

    • Review of California Proposition 65 and New Warning Requirements
    • Toxics in Packaging Legislation and Impact on Producers and Raw Material Suppliers
    • Review of Other Local Restrictions and Requirements for Packaging (Polystyrene Bans, Recyclability, Composability, Recycled Content, etc.)
  7. Plastic in contact with Foodstuff: Regulatory Framework in India

    Monika Rawat | Lead Regulatory Affairs of Zydus Wellness Limited

  8. Networking Lunch

Session 2 – Risk assessments, compliance & industry approaches

  1. Compliance and risk assessment for food contact materials

    Carlos De La Cruz Garcia | Head of Regulatory & Scientific Affairs of Nestlé Nespresso S.A., Switzerland

    • Risk perception and risk assessment
    • Link with regulatory compliance
    • Potential points for improvement
  2. Food contact materials: New industry perspectives, equipment and working tools

    Antonio Nespoli | Q&FS Governance Director of Barilla G. e R. Fratelli

    • FCM Background from 2004 to 2017
    • Current situation and risk assessment
    • Next steps
  3. Networking Break

  4. Risk assessment principles in action – how industry protects consumer safety

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

    • Some existing guidelines for risk assessment and management for migrants from food contact materials and articles
    • How industry undertakes risk assessments and management - existing practices including self-assessment
    • Increasing the awareness of how industry undertakes safety assessments to those outside of industry
  5. A joint Q&A

    Featuring Nestle Nespresso S.A, Barilla G e R Fratelli and Sherwin Williams

  6. Chairperson’s closing remarks and introduction of evening sessions

    Alistair Irvine | Manager, Food Contact Compliance of Smithers Pira

  7. Decernis user meeting

  8. Networking Drinks Reception

Day Two (Plastics, Paper & other materials track)

Wednesday 5th December 2018 – Conference Day Two (Plastics, Paper & other materials track)

  1. Registration & Welcome Refreshments

  2. Chairman’s Opening Remarks

    Alistair Irvine | Manager, Food Contact Compliance of Smithers Pira

  3. Keynote Address: Flawed science and its potential impact on the packaging industry

    Dr Ulrich Nehring | Managing Director of NEHRING Consultants GmbH

Session 3 – Harmonised and non-harmonised food contact materials

  1. Compliance testing of non-harmonized FCM based on the Dutch regulation

    Tjoena Siere | Consultant Food Contact Materials and Legislation of AdFoPack, The Netherland

    • An overview of The Dutch regulation on coatings and its impact in the rest of the European countries
    • Application of factors to transfer migration results from mg/dm2 into mg/kg food
    • Test designs for overall migration testing of adhesives in fatty food simulants
  2. Materials in contact with drinking water: The need for an harmonized approach

    Miguel Angel Prieto Arranz | FCA Group Sector Manager of Food Contact Additives, a Sector Group of Cefic (FCA)

    • FCMs vs materials in contact with drinking water – legislative requirements
    • Revision of the Drinking Water Directive
    • EDW – the European Drinking Water alliance
  3. A joint Q&A

    Featuring AdFoPack and Cefic-FCA

Session 4 – Other types of food contact materials (adhesives, coatings, printing inks, etc.)

  1. The safety of printed food contact materials – a holistic approach

    Dr Martin Kanert | Executive Manager of European Printing Ink Association - EuPIA

    • The Packaging Ink Joint Industry Task Force (PIJITF) approach to regulate printed food contact materials
  2. Networking Break

  3. Safety assessment for “complex” starting substances and additives used for coatings/printing inks

    Dr. Martin Klatt | Head of Product Stewardship, Regional Business Unit Dispersions & Resins Europe of BASF, Germany

  4. The analysis of mineral oils in food: a matter of interpretation and confirmation

    Dr Hervé Simian | Packaging Quality & Safety senior specialist of Nestlé Research Center

    • Sources of hydrocarbons in food & their markers of origin
    • Complex profiles from packed Food need mass spectrometry for confirmation
    • Rules for a correct interpretation and communication of results
  5. A case study: The analytical challenges when dealing with printed, multi-additive food contact materials

    Enrico Nieddu | Business Unit Manager, Project Science Center of Mérieux Nutrisciences Laboratories

    • The use of untargeted screening to assess the safety
  6. Networking Lunch

Session 5 – Compostability, biodegradability & recycling

  1. The journey of removing plastics for all products – do and don’ts

    Ian Schofield | Own Label and Packaging Manager of Iceland Foods

    • The plastics industry – what we allow and what we don’t allow
    • OPRL in the uk
    • Recycling/Composting/Burning/Anaerobic Digestion
  2. Implications of the proposed amendment of Regulation 282/2008 for authorized recycling processes

    Martin Policar | Regulatory Compliance of Polymer Comply Europe

    • Current regulatory framework for recycling of plastic food contact materials
    • Proposed amendments in the new version of Reg. (EU) No. 282/2008
    • Challenges for recyclers and converters
  3. An update from the U.S.: Achieving regulatory compliance and a look back on recycled plastics

    Jomarie Garcia | Regulatory Research Analyst, North America of Verisk 3E

    • Determining GRAS status and its implication to achieve regulatory compliance
    • A look back on the use of recycled plastics: What are FDA’s recommendations?
    • New FDA food laws and policies: Will my P&P facility be subject to FSMA provisions?
  4. Networking Break

Session 6 – Non-intentionally added substances (NIAS)

  1. Non-intentionally added substances (NIAS): Past, present and future

    Dr Emma Bradley | Head of Programme – Food Quality and Safety of Fera Science Ltd

    • Where and when the term NIAS originated
    • Story of NIAS from the start to the situation today
    • What will the future hold?
  2. NIAS: Not seeing the wood for the trees?

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

    • Where does the notion of NIAS begin? A distinct lack of in depth knowledge on the topic of contamination of cellulosic materials.
    • How to predict NIAS migration instead of blindly targeting all substances found in cellulosic materials.
    • A challenging idea: should we continue assessing NIAS at all, or are there alternative solutions to verify compliance?
  3. A case study: NIAS safety assessment in silicones used for paper coating

    Dr Barbara Schmitt | Regulatory & Product Applied Toxicologist of Dow Silicones Belgium SPRL

    • A brief introduction into silicone chemistry
    • Silicones and predictive toxicology
    • Are silicone-coated paper products safe?
  4. Chairperson’s Closing Remarks

    Alistair Irvine | Manager, Food Contact Compliance of Smithers Pira

  5. Networking Drinks Reception

Day Three (Paper track)

Thursday 6th December 2018 – Conference Day Three (Paper track)

  1. Registration & welcome

  2. Chairman’s opening remarks

    Dr Barry Podd | Consultant of Independent consultancy

Session 6 – Global and local regulatory updates for paper in contact with foodstuffs

  1. Keynote Address: The future of the European regulation: what vision?

    Jori Ringman | Deputy Director General of Confederation of European Paper Industry (CEPI)

    • An updated on the evaluation process of the European Commission to assess whether the current EU legislative framework for Food Contact Materials (FCM) is fit for purpose and delivered as expected
    • 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
  2. Reform of the EU regulations on chemicals in food contact materials

    Dr Michael Warhurst | Executive Director of CHEM Trust

    • The main EU FCM law and its holes and deficiencies
    • Paper & card as a case study
    • What CHEM Trust would like to see in a reformed regulatory approach
  3. Indian Regulatory scenario: Paper in contact with foodstuff

    Monika Rawat | Lead Regulatory Affairs of Zydus Wellness Limited

  4. Networking break

  5. Could paper packaging ever be completely safe?

    Marcello Pezzi | Product Safety Director of DS Smith plc

    • It is often mentioned that paper is not specifically regulated at European level
    • Are there any signs of an oncoming harmonised regulation?
    • Can paper be evaluated as safe, either with or without a harmonised regulation?
  6. Food packaging vs circular economy: how they live together, the example of Italy

    Massimo Ramunni | Deputy Director General of Italian Paper Association - ASSOCARTA

    • Brief description of the Italy pulp and paper industry
    • Description of the Italian National legislation and its approach to food contact paper and to recycling
    • Issues including: limits of the Italian legislation, absence of harmonization at UE level, what we aim at; and ways to avoiding divergences between food packaging and circular economy, design for food contact and design for recycling

Session 7 – New developments, food safety and supply chain

  1. Safety of packed food along the supply chain

    Marja Pitkänen | Senior Scientist of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd

    • Brief description of EU legislative framework, relevant for fibre based FCMs
    • Practices to ensure food safety along its supply chain
    • Trends in packaging development, related to improved food safety
    • How new demands can be taken into account in evolving FCM legislation?
  2. Networking lunch

  3. The latest trends and developments within the folding carton industry supply chain

    Jan Cardon | Advisor of European Carton Makers Association (ECMA)

    • ECMA's assessment of the current FCM legislation.
    • Sector GMP and involvement in the platforms towards self-regulation.
    • Adequate information sharing in supply chains.
    • Mineral oils.  Solutions and best practices.
  4. Characterisation of genotoxicity and endocrine activity of food contact materials by in-vitro bioassays

    Dr Christian Kirchnawy | Team Leader of OFI Technologie & Innovation GmbH

    • Optimisation and validation of in-vitro test methods for the analysis of food contact materials
  5. Panel discussion: Shaping the future of food contact packaging in Europe

    Dr Barry Podd | Consultant of Independent consultancy

    • Packaging trends – today and in the future
    • Advancements in package design, efficiency and lowering cost
    • Sustainable raw materials

    Chaired by: Dr Barry Podd, Consultant, Independent Contributor

    Speakers include:

    • Carlos de la Cruz Garcia, Head of Regulatory & Scientific Affairs, Nestle Nespresso S.A
    • Jori Ringman, Deputy Director General, Confederation of European Paper Industries - CEPI  
    • Massimo Ramunni, Deputy Director General, Italian Paper Association – ASSOCARTA
    • Dr Christian Kirchnawy, Team Leader,  Österreichisches Forschungsinstitut für Chemie und Technik (OFI)
  6. Chairperson’s closing remarks

    Dr Barry Podd | Consultant of Independent consultancy

  7. End of conference