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Registration and welcome refreshments
Q&A on EU regulations
The regulation of food contact materials for an independent UK market
An independent UK is free to determine how best to regulate FCMs, taking into account the specific requirements of UK consumers and industry. We have already seen divergence from the EU rules. We provide an overview of the latest developments and discuss the challenges of implementing a new FCM framework for GB and NI, separate from that of the EU.
  • Legal mechanisms to ensure a functioning regulatory regime for FCM
  • Areas of actual and potential divergence from the EU
  • The UK approach to enforcement and legal remedies for non-compliance
  • Our practical experience of engagement with the GB authorities
  • Thoughts on likely future direction of UK regulation

Tom Gillett | Associate, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Q&A session
Networking break
Overview of food packaging regulations in Mercosur, Brazil and other South American countries
This presentation describes the legislation in force in MERCOSUR, with emphasis on the specific requirements of the Brazilian regulations. The update of the metallic material resolution, the draft of the new resolution on silicone and other ongoing activities related to FCM is described. The legislation in Latin America countries is also presented.
Dr. Marisa Padula | Scientific Researcher, CETEA/ITAL (Institute of Food Technology)
The challenges of food contact regulations in the global south: the South African perspective
Research in food packaging safety has advanced considerably in Europe and the Americas, however the same cannot be said of the African continent. In order for countries such as South Africa to participate in the global market we rely on American and European regulations and standards. However, our studies indicates that these may not be a true reflection of our value chains due to differences in legislation, recycling protocols and industry practices. These result in several challenges that must be overcome in order to align with the current global outlook of food contact safety.
Nondumiso Mofokeng | Analytical Technologist, Mpact Operations PTY (LTD)
Networking lunch
Bio-based food contact materials - global considerations
  • Introduction and background
  • Definitions of important terminology
  • Regulatory considerations
  • Migration

Dr. Malcolm Driffield | Managing Scientist, Chemical Regulation & Food Safety, Exponent International
Metal packaging and the safety of inside can coatings – latest global FCM regulations
  • Case study: China infant formula regulation, how to comply and best practices
Helene Germone | Product Stewardship Manager, Trivium Packaging
John van Bruchem | Sustainability Program Engineer, Trivium Packaging
Networking break
Styrene monomer: specific restrictions and migration testing into food and food simulants
Styrene toxicological assessment and legal limits are under review, and migration test into food simulants is challenging; in our laboratory we performed testing on food and simulants, validating test method of styrene migration into food regulatory enforcement testing into food styrene specific migration method validation.
Dr. Marinella Vitulli | Director , Food Contact Center
Carton board as food contact material - a practical approach to compliance
  • Regulatory considerations for virgin and recycled paper and carton board (EU, US et al.)
  • IAS and NIAS in (recycled) carton boards
  • Strategy for determining migration and FC-compliance – a practical approach from the manufacturer’s side
  • Coatings and barriers

Dr. Sigrid Gerold | Head of Group Product Safety, MM Service GmbH
Different approaches for analysing NIAS - is there a best one?
  • Overview of ILSI publications on NIAS
  • Is there only one technique which can be used to give absolute results?
  • What do I need to do at various stages along the supply chain?
  • What is preferred method of reporting results?

Peter Oldring | Regulatory Affairs Manager - Europe, The Sherwin-Williams Company
Chair's closing remarks and end of day one
FoodChain ID User Meeting
Networking drinks reception
Registration and welcome refreshments
Latest development for Chinese regulations on FCMs, including rubber, metal, multiple layer, and the current discussion on the amendment of plastic additive list will also be presented
Updates on regulation of FCM in Japan and Thailand
In-vitro bioassay-based analysis of DNA-reactive mutagenicity in mechanically recycled polymers
In the EU currently only one type of food packaging can be recycled back to food contact applications: the PET bottle. The new European recycling regulation (EU) 2022/1616 aims to promote the development of new recycling technologies for other plastic types. However, there are high requirements to provide scientific evidence that these materials are safe, as the European Food Safety Authority currently assumes that any post-consumer contaminant is a DNA-reactive mutagen or carcinogen, resulting in very low safety thresholds. To evaluate, if this worst-case assumption is required, more than 100 mechanically post-consumer recycled polymers were analysed for DNA-reactive contaminants in a joined project by OFI, FH Campus Vienna and the Fraunhofer Institute using chemical trace analysis and in-vitro bioassays. The results will be shared.
Elisa Mayrhofer | Project Manager & Scientist, Austrian Research Institute for Chemistry & Technology
Networking break

Chair: Päivi Harju-Eloranta, Director, Product Stewardship, Stora Enso Oy (HQ)
Regulatory and consumer safety challenges on worldwide validation for novel packaging materials - a must for sustainable solutions
Regulatory compliance assessment and challenges that come with applying plastic laminate regulatory & testing requirements for paper based materials
Burçak İçli Pollard | Food Contact Material Specialist, RSA & Safety, Nestlé System Technology Center (NSTC)
Adhesives - the enabler for more sustainable and safe packaging solutions
The packaging landscape in Europe is changing at an ever-faster pace with new legislation, brands seeking new designs and materials, and consumers demanding responsible products. Adhesives are a small yet essential component of most types of packaging and play a major role in realizing the ambitious goals of the circular economy. This talk will outline how sustainable, food safe adhesive choices are facilitating these challenges. Manufacturing, product designs and materials in accordance with the latest recycling, waste and food contact regulations, are forging the future of the packaging industry and adhesive innovation while maintaining the highest food safety standards.
Alexandra Ross | Chair of Technical Working Group “Paper and Packaging" / Product Regulatory Manager EIMEA, FEICA / H.B. Fuller Deutschland GmbH
Networking lunch
Fresh fibre-based food packaging material ensures safety while complying with the environmental requirements
Food packaging must be fit for purpose, safe, and ensure the protection throughout the value chain in order to avoid food waste. Along with foreseen PPWD regulation e.g. ensuring hygiene and safety of the packaging materials used in direct food contact becomes even more important especially when reuse and the use of recycled content are growing.
  • Reuse & recycled materials’ requirements on packaging should not harm consumers or increase food waste
  • Comprehensive assessments should be carried out to know in which applications the reuse or recycled material content may cause more harm than good
  • The correct balance between contradictory requirements should be found in the new regulation

Marjatta Punkka | Product Safety & Management System Manager, Metsä Board
Compliance of compostable food contact materials
Compliance assessment of compostable materials is a challenge throughout the supply chain. An overview of the context, regulatory aspects, information needed by the supply chain and examples will be provided to successfully navigate through this complex and innovative issue
Chiara Brandonisio | Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager, Food Contact Compliance, Knoell
Building food chain resilience – from food safety and public health through to environmental protection. How can packaging drive change?
Q&A session
Chair's closing remarks

Dr. Alistair Irvine, Principal Technical Specialist, Food Contact Testing, Material Science and Engineering, Smithers
Conference ends
Workshop - EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability: Understand the Impact, Prepare
Welcome, roundtable introduction
Presentation on Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS)
  • Regulatory and political context and the main goals of the CSS, updated timing
  • Main elements of the upcoming revision of REACH and CLP and surrounding legislation
    • Focus on: Impact on Food Packaging, One Substance One Assessment, Sustainable by Design, Polymer Registration, Recycled Plastics
    • Advocacy
    • Opportunities, legal remedies
  • Q/A

Ales Bartl | Partner, Keller and Heckman
Networking break
Case Study: Upcoming PFAS restriction (to demonstrate the main tools to phase out substances of concern in the EU)
Round table exercise
  • Competition law reminder by Ales Bartl
  • Discuss in groups the following questions:
    • What are the main CSS challenges for food packaging?
    • What should industry do to prepare and to make long-term business plans?
    • What additional information, guidelines, test methods etc. should the EU provide in order to enable you to prepare for the challenges?
    • Is your voice heard? Is the voice of food packaging Industry heard? What hinderances do you see for efficient advocacy?
  • Wrap-up of the discussions prepared by a volunteer at each table, discuss the wrap-up.
Workshop Ends

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