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  • Paolo Bonamigo

    Head of Product Safety Europe hubergroup Deutschland GmbH

    Paolo graduated in 2005 in Industrial Chemistry at the University of Padua, Italy. For around 10 years he worked in technical positions (QA and R&D) in the plastic industry in Italy (food packaging).

    In 2012 he entered in hubergroup as R&D specialist for printing inks for flexible packaging in the Italian Motherplant, combining technical knowledge with regulatory affairs expertise. Since 2018 he holds the position of Head of Product Safety Europe in the headquarters in Munich.

    Paolo is active in trade associations since 2014, first in Italy (AVISA) and more recently in Germany (VdL), and he is currently Chairman of the EuPIA Technical Committee.  

  • Dr. Dennis Bankmann

    Global Business Development Manager Circular Economy, Packaging & Consumer Goods Henkel AG & Co. KGaA

    Dennis Bankmann studied physical chemistry and radiochemistry in Cologne, followed by a doctoral dissertation in physico-organic chemistry. In 2007, he joined Henkel in Düsseldorf as a researcher in the Adhesive Technologies business unit. Subsequently, he moved to Barcelona to help establish a joint academic research center. Returning from the assignment, Dennis joined the Packaging & Consumer Goods Adhesives division in 2012 to take over the development of LOCTITE LIOFOL products for flexible packaging in Europe. During 2014 and 2015, Dennis was also overall responsible for Packaging & Consumer Goods development in the IMEA region. As of 2019, Dennis has taken on a global role to support the Henkel Circular Economy strategy with a focus on packaging and consumer goods.

  • Joan Sylvain Baughan

    Partner 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.

    Joan Baughan also developed substantial experience in Brussels, counselling clients on the regulation of food packaging materials and medicinal products under European Union and Member State legislation.

    Joan frequently speaks at international conferences on various FDA and related regulatory topics and is an accomplished writer within the food and drug arena. She was a contributing author and the sole editor of the comprehensive food packaging book "Global Legislation for Food Contact Materials," and has written chapters – such as "Regulation of Nanotechnology in Food Contact Applications in the United States and Canada," and "US Legislation on Food Contact Materials," – for other publications. Joan also has written about drug packaging, including an article titled, "The Latest on Drug Master Files for Packaging Materials in the United States – and a Little History," for Packaging Digest.

    Bar & Court Admissions
    District of Columbia

    J.D., Catholic University of America, 1991
    B.S.M.T., University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1985
    B.S., University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1984

    Professional Affiliations
    American Bar Association
    International Bar Association


  • Robert Broughton

    Product Safety Manager Amcor

    Robert has a degree in Chemistry from Cambridge University and since graduating in 1976 has had continuous employment in the flexible packaging industry, mostly in technical roles.

    He was originally employed at the Midsomer Norton, UK site of Mardon Flexible Packaging (later Lawson Mardon Packaging then Alcan Packaging).

    He was Food Contact Manager Europe for Alcan Packaging when they were bought by Amcor in 2010 and he took on his current position.

    His role requires extensive knowledge of existing and forthcoming food contact legislation, transferring this into company guidelines, ensuring these are conformed with and communicating with suppliers, customers, trade associations etc.

    He has chaired the Technical Committees of both the UK Packaging and Films Association (PAFA) and Flexible Packaging Europe (FPE). 

    • United Kingdom
  • Tom Carr

    Senior Packaging Technologist Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited

    Tom Carr has been in the Plastic Packaging Industry for 28 years, beginning his career with Trigon Packaging Systems in 1991 as a BSc(Tech) Student.   Working in the Research and Development lab of their Hamilton plant, he became proficient in film analysis and physical properties testing of plastic packaging. In 2009, he ventured into the world of packaging regulatory compliance.  Mentored by Sealed Air’s Regulatory Directors in Europe (Dario Dainelli) and America (Martin Ecoff), the learning curve was steep, but rewarding, eventually overseeing the compliance needs for Sealed Air’s Australia/New Zealand products, predominantly for Fonterra and the NZ Meat industry.  

    In 2015, Tom moved his family to Palmerston North to join Fonterra’s Packaging innovation and Development Team as a Senior Packaging Technologist at Fonterra’s Research and Development Centre.  For the past 5 years Tom has overseen packaging compliance for Fonterra’s local and export business.

    Fun fact:  Tom is passionate about Litter reduction, and was Keep New Zealand Beautiful’s “Tidy Kiwi Award for 2017”, for picking up over 1300kg of litter since 2015.  Tom is New Zealand’s leading user of the Litterati App, having snapped, tagged and bagged over 35,000 pieces of Litter since April 2017.

  • Dr. Michel Cassart

    Senior Consumer Protection Manager PlasticsEurope

    Dr. Michel CASSART, graduated from the University Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) as Engineer in Material Science, started his professional career by working in an Academic Research Environment where he achieved a PhD. 

    He moved to an industrial environment in 95 as Research engineer while in parallel he achieved a MBA in 2002.  During more than 20 years he build up an industrial experience in Plastics by occupying various management positions in R&D, Technical Customer Services, Polymer Production Process, Business Strategy & Business Management. 

    In 2016 he joined PlasticsEurope to coordinate Food Contact and Reach activities and several sector groups.

    PlasticsEurope, one of the leading European trade associations, is representing more than 100 member companies, producing over 90% of all polymers across the EU28 member states plus Norway, Switzerland and Turkey.   

  • Eugenio Cavallini

    Technical Manager CEPI, Belgium

    Eugenio Cavallini, Italian, 62 years old. Graduated in Chemistry.He has been working for the Paper Industry for more than 30 years.

    For 10 years, he has been active in the sector of fine papers and for more than 20 years in the packaging board.

    During this last period he specialized on food contact papers and boards and has been member of the CEPI (the Confederation of the European Paper Industries) Food Contact Group for 13 years.

    Eugenio has chaired the CEPI Food Contact Group for 7 years.

    At date, he is the Technical Manager of CEPI  and works also an independent consultant for P&B Industry.

    • Italy
  • Dario Dainelli

    Consultant TÜV Rheinland

    Doctor Degree in Chemistry (University of Pisa), Master in Jurisprudence (Michigan State university). I begun my career as Lab Supervisor in Montedison in 1988, then moved to M&G Polymers as process Engineer in 1990. In 1991 I joined W.R Grace as labs manager, and in 1997 in Sealed Air as Regulatory and Lab manager. In 2000 I became Regulatory Affairs Director for EMEA , and I further expanded this responsibility to cover Asia-Pacific. In 2015 I  hold the global responsibility of Regulatory Affairs in Sealed Air, and in August 2017 I moved to SITGROUP as R&D Director. Since 2000 I hold the chair of the Food Contact Panel of EuPC, the European Plastic Converters Association, and as such I participate in various working groups with the EU Institutions such DG Santé, EFSA and within-industry groups

  • Dr. Malcolm Driffield

    Managing Scientist - Food Safety and Food Contact Material Exponent International Ltd

    Dr. Malcolm Driffield has over 20 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, and fuels. During his 16 years at Fera Science 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 scientific and engineering consulting firm.  Here he specialises in technical and regulatory problem solving and assisting businesses with authorization for food and consumer products in global markets.  He continues to provide advice and guidance on analytical techniques used to investigate problems, and the interpretation of information rich data sets determined by modern analytical techniques.

  • Dominik Gebel

    Junior Referent Product Stewardship Formulation Additives BASF Personal Care and Nutrition GmbH

    2018: M. Sc. in Toxicology @ Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf.

    Since 2018 @ BASF, working in regulatory affairs and product stewardship for formulation additives.

    His special focus is in the field of Food Contact, Toxicology and Raw Material Management.

    Research projects @ Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), German Diabetes Center Düsseldorf, Cluster of Excellence on Plant Science (CEPLAS).

  • Dr Anna Gergely

    Dr. Anna Gergely

    Director, EHS Regulatory Steptoe and Johnson

    In a position equivalent to partner, Dr. Anna Gergely is Director EHS Regulatory in Steptoe’s Brussels office.  A European Patent Attorney, with a PhD in analytical chemistry and quantum chemistry, and more than 15 years of experience as a scientific and regulatory adviser in law firms, she provides companies with comprehensive compliance strategies in areas such as: chemicals, food and feed, food contact materials, regulation of medical devices, and nanotechnologies. Prior to working in law firms, she had an academic research career followed by an in-house position at Monsanto in Belgium.

  • Dr. Birgit Geueke

    Scientific Officer Food Packaging Forum Foundation

    Birgit studied biology at the RWTH Aachen and Lund University and holds a doctorate degree in Microbiology from the Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf. During her postgraduate work at the Research Center Jülich she developed novel biocatalytical processes for the production of fine chemicals and feed additives. Subsequently, she joined Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, as a scientist and worked on the enzymatic degradation of man-made chemicals such as the pesticide lindane and on structure-function relationships of proteins. Furthermore, she coordinated an international research project funded by the German Federal Environmental Foundation (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt) in which novel routes for the production of food additives and pharmaceuticals were investigated. Since January 2013, Birgit is working for the Food Packaging Forum as Scientific Officer. She is a full scientific member of the Association for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM) and the Swiss Society for Microbiology (SSM).



  • Carina Håkansson

    Director General of Swedish Forest Industries Federation Swedish Forest Industries Federation

    Carina Håkansson is the Director General of Swedish Forest Industries Federation since September 2013. She has held a Master of Science in Forestry in 1990 and after that a number of senior positions within Stora Enso for twenty years. During her last five years in Stora Enso Mrs Håkansson held the position as CEO of Stora Enso Wood Supply Sweden (WSS). During the period 2009-2013 Carina was the CEO of Dala Kraft AB. Special national and international assignments Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry (KSLA) Chairman of FAO Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-Based Industries (ACSFI) Member of the Association Director’s Group (ADG) at CEPI Member of the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (CEI-Bois) Member of the International Council of Forest & Paper Association (ICFPA)


  • Kaisa Herranen

    Senior Manager, Product Stewardship UPM-Kymmene Corporation

    Kaisa studied pulp and paper technology in Technical University, Helsinki and graduated in 1997. She started her UPM career at R&D Centre in 1998. Kaisa joined UPM New Ventures team in   2004 participating in the very first projects that started UPM’s transformation from a traditional paper company to a Biofore company.

    Since 2013 she has been working for Responsibility Team at the UPM Head Office mainly concentrating on regulatory topics including food safety and REACH.

  • Alistair Irvine

    Senior Manager, Food Contact Testing Smithers

    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.

  • Jussi Lahtinen

    Sustainable Packaging Solutions and Concepts, Senior Scientist VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd

    Jussi has a Paper Converting and Packaging Technology MSc degree from Tampere University of Technology. He has worked within the packaging industry before and after the graduation in many different roles starting from paper factories and plastic film R&D to working in packaging development in FMCG business.

    Now Jussi works for VTT where his main goal is to find ways to make packaging more sustainable and less of a problem.

  • Jeffrey Keithline

    Partner Keller and Heckman, LLP

    Jeffrey Keithline joined Keller and Heckman in 1998. Mr. Keithline practices food and drug law.

    Mr. Keithline assists companies in establishing the suitable regulatory status of their products under the requirements of various federal agencies including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    Mr. Keithline also assists clients with compliance issues under state and local requirements relating to the manufacture, labeling and disposal of products and packaging, including toxics in packaging, legislation and various state right-to-know acts.

    In addition, Mr. Keithline advises clients regarding the requirements for these products throughout the world, especially in Canada, Mexico, the European Union, Central and South America, and the Pacific Rim.

    Prior to law school, Mr. Keithline served as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy aboard the USS West Virginia (SSBN 736), a nuclear submarine.Mr. Keithline earned his law degree from Washington and Lee University where he served as the editor-in-chief of the Washington and Lee Law Review.

    • USA
  • Minna Kiviranta

    Senior Manager, Product Safety Stora Enso Packaging Solutions

    Minna has a degree in Master of Food Science from the University of Helsinki. She has been working at Stora Enso since 2003 in different positions. She has long experience on regulatory affairs, food and product safety, hygiene management systems and auditing. Currently she is working as Senior Manager, Product Safety in Stora Enso division Packaging Solutions leading a multinational team of experts in Stora Enso Packaging Solutions mills in Finland, Sweden, Poland, Baltics and Russia.

  • Caroline Locre

    Project Engineer – Functional Products & Surfaces – Food Contact Centre Technique Du Papier

    Caroline Locre has an engineering degree in papermaking and joined CTP in 2013 as Project Leader in the fields of surface treatments of papers and boards, barrier materials, and food contact materials.

    She currently coordinates or participates in several R&D projects related to surface treatment of papers and boards and development of new food contact materials with specific barriers properties. Interactions between cellulosic packaging materials and foodstuffs are one of her favoured research topics. Assessment of the compliance of (sometimes new) food contact cellulosic materials with EU regulation is also part of her activities.

  • Dr. Ulrich Nehring

    Managing Director NEHRING Consultants GmbH

    Food chemist Dr Ulrich Nehring is Managing Director of NEHRING Consultants GmbH at Braunschweig in Germany, which is an independent consultancy firm in the field of food law, food hygiene, quality management as well as requirements and conformity work for food contact materials.

    For 25 years until 2017 Ulrich Nehring was working as Managing Director and scientific head of INSTITUT NEHRING GmbH, an independent testing laboratory specialized in food safety, hygiene and compliance testing of foodstuffs and food contact materials.

    Dr Nehring is also Chairman of the Food Contact Working Group of the German Verband Metallverpackungen (the German metal packaging industry association) and is a member of the Metal Packaging Europe (MPE) food contact commission and of T-JIG.

    Dr Nehring chairs the scientific advisory board of BOGK e.V (association of the German fruit, vegetable and potatoes processors industry) and is member of the scientific advisory board of the Research Association of the German Food Industry (FEI).

  • Hazel O’Keeffe

    Partner Keller and Heckman LLP

    Hazel O'Keeffe's practice is focused on the regulation of food-contact materials in the European Union (EU). Specifically, she assists clients in establishing a suitable status for all types of food-contact materials at both the EU and Member State level. In this regard, Ms. O'Keeffe has particular expertise with respect to the principle of mutual recognition, and in advising how this principle can be applied, in practice, to facilitate the free movement of food-contact materials and articles throughout the EU, the European Economic Area (EEA) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries. She also has experience in filing petitions for new substances before the European Food Safety Authority and before national authorities.

    Ms. O'Keeffe advises on the requirements of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive and the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) with respect to food-contact materials and articles. She assists clients in obtaining access to data from consortia under the BPR and under the Plant Protection Directive.

    Ms. O'Keeffe previously worked for two international law firms in Brussels in the regulatory field, and she also completed an internship at the European Commission.

    Ms. O'Keeffe's working languages are English and French.


  • Peter Oldring

    Regulatory Regulatory Affairs Manager - Manager Sherwin Williams (Ex Valspar)

    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. Ruud Rudolf Overbeek

    Chief, Business Development & Strategy Decernis LLC

    Dr. Ruud Overbeek is currently Chief, Business Development & Strategy of Decernis LLC, a Food Chain ID company, a leading provider of technology enabled solutions that allow companies to meet the safety, integrity, and transparency requirements of the global food supply chain. Decernis provides regulatory expertise and systems enabling consumer product safety compliance across 216 countries through unique, fully integrated, patented technology platforms covering over 100,000 regulations. Decernis’ risk management solutions help guide brands, manufacturers and ingredient suppliers’ business objectives through a fast and cost-effective go-to-market assessment to satisfy the necessary global compliance and safety requirements.

    As a member of the executive management team, Ruud leads the company’s expansion of market position and outreach.

    Previously Ruud was as Global Vice President responsible for Intertek’s Health, Environmental & Regulatory services business helping companies meet the regulatory and safety requirements in the areas Food and Feed, Food Contact Materials, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices, Chemicals and Ingredients, Cosmetics, and Sustainability. Prior to joining Intertek, Ruud worked for Avantium Technologies as Vice President of Intellectual Assets & Licensing, Business Development, Operations and Discovery. He started his career in ABB as Technology Development Manager.


    Ruud is a co-editor of “Harry's Cosmeticology 9th Edition Focus Books”, a contributing Editor to “Good to Go Green, Managing Business Risks and Opportunities in the Age of Environmental Awareness” and an author of many peer reviewed publications. He is a member of several Associations, including The Royal Dutch Chemical Society, the Dutch Catalysis Society and was appointed to the Health and Beauty America Scientific Advisory Board. Ruud has achieved the DuPont Chemical Company Prize for Outstanding Independent Research and holds a Doctorate in Catalysis from Utrecht University.

  • Marcello Pezzi

    Product Safety Director DS Smith plc

    Marcello is an internationally experienced senior manager in the Food and Packaging industry. His experience reaches the areas of Regulatory affairs, Product and Food Safety, Risk and Quality Management Systems. 

  • Dr. Barry Podd

    Consultant Independent consultancy

    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.

  • Massimo Ramunni

    Deputy Director General of Italian Paper Association & Managing Director of Italian Paper Technicians Association ASSOCARTA & ATICELCA

    Massimo Ramunni, graduated in Industrial chemistry at the university of Milan, after an experience in the aluminium sector, since 1998 works for Assocarta, the association of the Italian pulp and paper industry, becoming Deputy Director General in 2008. He is also the Director of Aticelca, the Italian technical association of pulp and paper, the Country manager of Two Sides in Italy and Member of the Board of Conlegno and AFC. He took part to many Committee and working groups at National and European level related to environment, food contact and technical standardisation. He also contributed to the Cast project, leaded by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità.

  • Jori Ringman

    Director General Confederation of European Paper Industry (CEPI), The Netherlands

    Since June 2019, Jori Ringman is Director General of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (Cepi). Previously he was Deputy Director General and responsible for issues relating to sustainability, environment and consumer protection, with particular concern for packaging and food contact. Since joining Cepi in 2005 he has been advancing and exploring circular low carbon bioeconomy in the sector.

    Prior to 2005, he was a civil servant at the European Commission and a political advisor in the European Parliament.

    Mr Ringman has a background in Economics, Econometrics and Business Management and broad experience in communications, public administration and politics. He also holds an MSc in Environmental Decision-making.

    • Belgium
  • Jan Rops

    Product Manager Inkjet Crown Van Gelder BV

    Jan Rops is Product Manager Inkjet at Crown Van Gelder BV, a specialty paper mill in The Netherlands. Today, sustainability and new printing techniques are the main drivers of paper innovation. Reduction of packaging material, plastic removal, recyclability and marketing opportunities offered by new digital printing methods are examples where paper innovation enables successful development. Jan received a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Delft University of Technology, studied at QMU London and did a post-graduation project at the University of Barcelona. Jan has worked for Akzo Nobel, Saint Gobain Isover, Tetra Pak and Crown Van Gelder. In 2004 at Crown van Gelder he developed their first HSI inkjet paper. Since 2014 Jan re-joined Crown Van Gelder and is responsible for the Crown Letsgo High Speed Inkjet paper portfolio. Jan is one of the key innovators of the company.

  • Sarah Dubail

    Packaging Coatings, Senior Regulatory Analyst The Sherwin-Williams Company

    Sarah Dubail has been Regulatory Affairs Specialist at Sherwin-Williams, Packaging coatings division, since 2017. Formerly she was the Manager of the European Analytical lab of Valspar for 13 years, responsible for analysing migration from packaging coatings and providing analytical data to carry out risk assessments. She has experience in food contact regulations and analytical methods for the determination of FCM migrants including NIAS. She is an active member of CEPE food contact material groups, contributed to coating industry migration and NIAS guidelines and chairs the Rigid Metal Can Sector’s working group on Methodology to demonstrate Compliance with Framework Regulation (EU) 1935/2004.

  • Matthieu Schelcher

    Manager Centre Technique du papier

    Matthieu SCHELCHER has an engineering degree in chemistry and joined CTP in 2003 as Project Leader in the fields of environment and food contact. In 2005, he took over the responsibility of the chemical analysis laboratory and was responsible for the development of new quantification methods for food contact and chemical characterization of paper and board. In particular, he developed methods to evaluate the migration of mineral oil in dry foods or food simulants as well as methods for assessing mineral oil barrier performance. Since 2011, he is also in charge of the team “Hygiene – Food Contact” at CTP.

  • Dr. Gertrud Scherer

    Senior Expert Product Stewardship BASF SE

    1989: PhD in Food Chemistry and Toxicology@ University of Kaiserslautern

    Since 1990 @ BASF, working in regulatory affairs and product stewardship for acrylate monomers and acrylic polymers

    Her special focus is on dispersions and additives for adhesives including Food Contact, Biocides, Ecolabel and Toxicology/Ecotoxicology

    Since 2000 she has been working in several industry associations such as EDANA, RadTech HS&E Committee, Deutsche Bauchemie, VCI, CEPE  and EPDLA (various Task Forces)

    2001 – 2016: Chair of the EPDLA Food Contact Materials TF

    2012 - 2018 : Vice-Chair of EPDLA

    Since 2016  : Chair of EPDLA Biocides TF

  • Dr. Carolien Schophuizen

    Expert Chemicals & Toxicology Royal HaskoningDHV

    Dr. Carolien Schophuizen is a European Registered Toxicologist employed as expert chemicals and toxicology at Royal HaskoningDHV. Her work involves the support of industrial clients within the context of current food contact material regulations (FCM) and chemical legislation (REACH, CLP). She is experienced in consultancy to industry, dossier preparation, registration and maintenance.

    Carolien graduated with a degree and PhD from the Radboud University in Nijmegen. Her experience in both hands-on research and broad understanding of regulatory legislation enables her to collaborate efficiently with various stakeholders to provide the best applied solutions regarding chemical safety.

  • Bastiaan Schupp

    Legislative Officer - Food Contact Materials, DG SANTE European Commission

    Bastiaan Schupp works since mid-2011 as legislative officer on food contact materials in DG Health and Food Safety of the European Commission. In the context of food safety, his main responsibly is the implementation of the specific measures on food contact materials presently in force, with a focus on the framework Regulation, plastic and recycled plastic food contact materials. Bastiaan is educated as a chemical engineer, and has a background in risk management.

  • Dr. Rachida Semail

    Partner Keller and Heckman LLP

    Rachida Semail is a Partner in Keller and Heckman’s Brussels, Belgium office and heads the firm’s Brussels food packaging practice. She is affiliated with the Paris bar (France). Ms. Semail assists clients with food packaging matters, particularly with the establishment of suitable EU status for articles and materials intended for food contact. Ms. Semail has extensive experience on subject matters not harmonized at the EU level, as is the case in much of the food contact sector, where mutual recognition is of paramount importance. Ms. Semail also has extensive expertise on matters of food law, including in the area of enzymes, flavoring, and food additive clearances, of particular relevance to active packaging. Ms. Semail has also advised clients on product recall and related liability issues.

  • Tjoena Siere

    Scientist Keller and Heckman LLP

    Tjoena Siere has worked for over 25 years in the Food Packaging Team at TNO, a Dutch research organization. Besides compliance testing of food contact materials (FCM) she has developed analytical methods to determine migration of packaging components into food simulants.

    At the request of the authorities, she has evaluated many dossiers that were submitted to the SCF, EFSA and the Dutch G4 Commission for the authorization of new substances in FCM.

    As a project manager, she was responsible for the preparation and filing of dossiers to the authorities (EU, FDA, BfR, NL) to obtain authorization for the use of new substances in FCM.

    Since January 1, 2016, Tjoena is co-owner (with Rinus Rijk) of AdFoPack, offering advice and support to authorities, manufacturers and users of FCM. Judgement of DoC’s and the preparation and submission of dossiers to EFSA, National authorities and USA-FDA are examples of the activities of AdFoPack.

    Tjoena is also working for Keller and Heckman LLP  as a Scientist since April 2019. 

  • Ing. Jitka Sosnovcová

    Senior Scientist, Head of the National Reference Laboratory for Food Contact Materials National Institute of Public Health - Czech Republic

    Jitka graduated in Analytical and Physical Chemistry at the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague. During her postgraduate study at the Institute for Postgraduate Medical Education she received the attestation in the area of public health and hygiene. Since graduating in 1992 she has had continuous employment in the National Institute of Public Health in different positions.

    From the beginning she is involved in research and development activities to support public health protection and assess risks in the field of food safety, especially food contaminants and food contact materials. Recently, she has focused mainly on research to identify significant xenobiotics migrating from paper-based packaging to food and on endocrine disruptors.

    She has been a representative of the Czech Ministry of Health in the Working Group of the EC on FCM since 2004. She has international experience also as a member of the Committee for FCM of the Council of Europe, a member of the EURL-NRLs FCM network. She participate in the EFSA FCM Network.

    Since 2001 she is Chair of the Advisory Council of the Czech Ministry of Health for Common Use Articles (FCM, articles for children and cosmetic products). Jitka is responsible for the expert management and trainings of the official control authorities for FCM and articles for children, including toys.

  • Dr. Lionel Spack

    Manager for Packaging Chemical Safety Nestlé

    Graduated in chemistry in 1989, then a Master in Environmental Sciences from 1989 to 1991. Ph.D in analytical chemistry in the field of Ecotoxicology at the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne.

    Scientific collaborator within the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne during 4 years.

    He joined Nestlé Research Center in June 1998, working on packaging safety and compliance.

    From 2007 to 2010, he moved to Nestlé Switzerland for the implementation of the packaging safety and compliance strategy of Nestlé Group.

    2011 back to Nestlé Research Center to manage a project on adhesives.

    Since beginning 2014, Senior Packaging Safety & Compliance Expert for the European Zone 

  • Dr. Manfred Tacker

    Head of Department, Section of Packaging and Resource Management University of Applied Sciences Vienna

    Manfred Tacker studied Biochemistry at the University of Vienna and is habilitated in food packaging at the Technical University Vienna.

    He has long experience in research and business development in pharmaceutical companies and in

    From 1994 to 2010 he was CEO of the Austrian Research Institute for Chemistry and Technology and
    head of the Austrian Packaging Institute.

    Since 2014 he developed study programmes for packaging technology and sustainability at the
    University of Applied Sciences in Vienna. He is currently head of the department packaging and
    resource management at the University and CEO of Circular Analytics, a consultancy specializing in
    packaging sustainability based in Vienna.

  • Dr. Monika Töennießen

    Manager Product Safety & Regulatory Affairs – Global Food Safety Henkel AG & Co. KGaA

    Dr. Monika Tönnießen is a chemist by profession with the degree of doctor in organic chemistry. In 1993 she started working for Henkel AG & Co. KGaA in the division Industrial Adhesives, department product development of labelling adhesives. Since 2008 she is part of the Product Safety Department of the Adhesive Technologies division and deals with customer inquiries. She is an expert on all topics related to food contact. At Henkel she is the responsible manager for all food contact questions. She is member of the paper & packaging group of the European Adhesive Association FEICA and of the technical committee paper/packaging (TKPV) of the German adhesives association IVK.



  • Veerle Van Brempt

    Global Regulatory and Packaging Lab Manager Plastipak Europe

    As Industrial Engineer specialized in polymers,  Ing. Veerle Van Brempt started to work in textile/automotive companies where she was installing quality systems and following safety and environmental related regulations. After 10 years she moved to the packaging industry within the R&D department and became lab manager of the European R&D lab.  Regulatory requirements related to new developments in packaging materials e.g. barriers other products were besides the lab management, one of my key focus points. Currently holding the position of Global Regulatory and Packaging Lab Manager for Plastipak and reporting into Global Corporate Quality.

  • Inge van Scholl

    Project Manager Food Contact Materials Triskelion

    Inge van Scholl started working at Triskelion / TNO about 30 years ago in the field of analytical services. During this time, she gained great experience and knowledge in the development of analytical methods with a focus on mass spectrometry.

    Since 2015, Inge van Scholl is mainly involved in the field of food contact materials as project manager and as scientific contributor. She supports their clients for their product safety according to food contact legislations through the whole process. Her areas of expertise are designing migration test protocols, managing migration and analytical studies, risk assessment, toxicological studies, compiling and submitting dossiers to EFSA, FDA, BfR, G4.

  • Judith Vermeulen

    Food Safety Lead, R&D Department Mars Wrigley

    Judith Vermeulen is Food Safety Lead for Mars Wrigley in the Netherlands. She has been working for almost 20 years in the area of Quality & Food Safety combined with Regulatory Affairs. The last 4 years she was chair of the Food Contact Material expert group of the Dutch trade association (FNLI). She holds a strong background in Food Safety Management systems, Risk Management, EU Food Safety Legislation and Business Processes.

    Judith is always looking for opportunities to improve, at work but also personally. Her personal motto is: “if not now, when?”