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Registration & Welcome Refreshments
European Commission Keynote - evaluation and revision of the EU rules on food contact materials
FCApp - a modern way to innovate food contact regulation
  • Existing food contact regulation and its drawbacks
  • Shifting focus from starting substances towards migrating substances
  • Proposal of a Food Contact Approval (FCApp) scheme to facilitate authorization of new substances migrating from FCM parallel to the existing system

Dr. Martin Klatt | Executive Specialist Regulatory Affairs, Head of Product Stewardship Dispersions and Resins Europe, BASF
FCM legislation - past, present and future, and the impact of CSS
  • Has intent matched reality over the last 30 years?
  • Potential pitfalls of implementing CSS in any revision of the framework regulation

Peter Oldring | Regulatory Affairs Manager - Europe, The Sherwin-Williams Company
Networking break
PFAS in the EU and in the UK
On PFAS, the EU has embarked on its most ambitious restriction proposal under EU chemicals legislation. While this process is ongoing, other EU legislative initiatives seek to assess the need for emissions and other types of controls. In the UK, the authorities have so far issued consultative documents seeking to gather views on a potential risk-based approach.

This presentation will describe the ongoing initiatives, both in the EU and UK, and identify risks and opportunities for industry actors and other stakeholders.
Ruxandra Cana | Partner, Steptoe
The revision of the legal framework for Food Contact Materials - a perspective from the printing ink industry
  • EuPIA’s view on the current plans for the revision and what would be needed to create a functioning framework.
  • A paradigm change - how the current ideas of the Commission differ from existing national legislation covering packaging inks.
  • How does the revision fit to the EuPIA concepts and the position of the Packaging Ink joint Industry Task Force (PIJITF)
  • Update on national legal developments concerning packaging inks (Germany, Switzerland)

Dr. Christof Walter | Food Contact Manager, The European Printing Ink Association (EuPIA)
The Digital Product Passport (DPP) and what it means for the FCM industry
Latest UK food contact material legislation for plastics and paper
Networking lunch
Bisphenol A (BPA) in food contact materials: history, current status and future possibilities
  • What are BPA and other bisphenols?
  • History and use in FCMs
  • Regulatory status
  • Analytical measurements in FCMs and foods/beverages
  • Future possibilities

Dr. Malcolm Driffield | Managing Scientist, Chemical Regulation & Food Safety, Exponent International
Are all mineral oil contaminations critical? A new method to determine the toxicological risk of MOSH & MOAH in food contact materials
Mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH) contaminations in food packaging are a potential health risk as they contain mutagenic & carcinogenic substances. As current methods cannot distinguish hazardous from harmless MOAH, OFI & TU Graz developed a method including a miniaturized Ames test to separate and analyse MOAH subfractions for mutagenicity.
Elisa Mayrhofer | Project Manager & Scientist, Austrian Research Institute for Chemistry & Technology
The State of PFAS regulation in the USA
Navigating the growing number of state laws restricting the use of PFAS in food packaging presents one of the biggest challenges that suppliers and users of food packaging materials currently face.  It is critical to understand the specific language of each state law, including the definitions of “food packaging” that fall within the scope of the various laws, and to understand what constitutes “intentional” addition or introduction of PFAS into a food packaging material.  This presentation will provide an up-to-date overview of the dynamic landscape of PFAS legislation affecting food packaging in the United States, and will compare and contrast the provisions of the state laws that currently are in effect. 
Joan Baughan | Partner, Steptoe
Networking break
On the use of Food-Grade Recycled PET – a global perspective on regulatory challenges

Post-consumer PET beverage bottles have been collected and recycled for decades, and regulatory authorities in the US and the EU have devised mechanisms to ensure their safety. As the use of food-grade recycled PET (FG-rPET) increases around the world in recent years, so is the attention on established regulatory frameworks. This talk will provide a global perspective on contemporary challenges.

Jim Huang | Director, Food Contact Materials, Global Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, The Coca-Cola Company
Functional Barrier Consortium: the pathway of the Novel Technology under EU regulation
As with other technologies like partial depolymerisation, the use of recycled PET behind a functional barrier have been used for years. With the application of the new regulations the industry will work further to demonstrate the safety of the packaging produced using recycled PET behind a functional barrier. The Task Force promoted by PETCORE-EUROPE and EuPC are working to develop this “Novel Technology”.
José Antonio Alarcon | Secretary of the Functional Barrier Consortium, CEO, IGBS, Petcore Europe
Digital compliance trends in the recent sustainability legislative framework
  • The sustainability FCM regulatory framework and the related digital requirements
  • How digitalisation could support the compliance of Food Contact Materials
  • The role of digitalisation product twin and third party physical certification

Marco Scialpi | Sales Strategic Executive, FoodChain ID
Chair's closing remarks
FoodChain ID User Meeting and end of day one
Networking drinks reception
Registration and Welcome Refreshments
Are extracts still an up-to-date method for analysing paper for food contact?
Papers and boards intended to be used in contact with food are extracted with water or solvents. The individual methods for this are sometimes quite old already. Hence there is growing demand to update the respective standards. In some cases, extraction has ceased to be a useful method: In case of multi-layer materials or materials behind barrier, the evaluation of the migration is more conclusive. Are extracts still suitable analysis methods or should we consider the standardization of new mthods for the evaluation of paper and board?
Dr. Ralph Derra | Managing Director, ISEGA GmbH
Metal cans for infant formula - food safety & regulatory comliance
This talk will focus on food safety and regulatory compliance of metal cans used as packaging for infant formula for EU and Chinese markets. Migration testing approaches as well as Danone internal policies/requirements related to these materials will be discussed.
Dennis Snelders | Senior Global Packaging Specifications Manager, Danone Nutricia Research
FCA Risk Assessment Guidelines version 4.0 - what do you need to know?
  • What are the essential updates since version 3.0?
  • How is the entire value chain reflected in the Guidelines?

Miguel Angel Prieto Arranz | Director Specialty Chemicals, European Chemical Industry Council - Cefic aisbl
Networking break
Does having a private standard accreditation guarantee compliance with Commission Regulation (EC) No 2023/2006 on Good Manufacturing Practice?
We are all being told: "Our company holds a private standard vertification, so we comply with the GMP law". Or: "The requirements of this specific private standard go above and beyond the law". Can we honestly say if this is true or not? How many of us have systematically looked into it and can answer the question? How many of us fully understand the wide implications of such a short text of law? A thought-provoking discussion and a few possible answers to these and other questions.
Marcello Pezzi | Product Safety Director, DS Smith
Food Contact Materials: food industry perspective, focusing on equipment and working tools
Practical examples and real experiences from a food products manufacturer
Antonio Nespoli | Global Quality & Food Safety Director, Barilla Group
Beyond FCM - a manufacturer's approach
  • FCM&A regulations apply to all food contact materials, including parts in contact with food of a complex appliance such as a coffee machine
  • The compliance regulatory framework applied to a coffee machine imposes on the manufacturer to set up compliance that meets FCM&A relevant regulations on materials, customised & voluntary approaches of testing for the finished product, food industry experience and best practices
  • The case of a manufacturing industry: the challenges to build up a robust approach for FCM&A compliance, increase employee awareness, enhance the product’s food safety and reinforce the company’s liability

Eleonora Furlanetto | Food Contact Materials Compliance Specialist, De'Longhi Appliances s.r.l.
Networking lunch
Making environmental claims for food packaging – how to avoid “Greenwashing”
  • The evolving EU legal landscape
  • Compostable, biodegradable, recycled content, recyclable, sustainability and climate claims
  • Regulation at Member State level
  • Points to keep in mind when making environmental claims

Hazel O'Keeffe | Partner, Keller and Heckman LLP
Role of adhesives in sustainable packaging
FEICA activities to support recyclability of packaging materials - adhesives’ compatibility in the recycling process of packaging materials depends on various parameters such as the characteristic of the packaging material, the way of application, and the intended recycling process. FEICA has developed different guidance papers and is cooperating with various industry groups to ensure that the right wording and comparable approaches are applied, thus providing a level playing field for packaging adhesives under the consideration of sustainability.
Alexandra Ross | Chair of Technical Working Group “Paper and Packaging" / Product Regulatory Manager EIMEA, FEICA / H.B. Fuller Deutschland GmbH
Next generation barriers in fibre-based packaging
This presentation will offer insights into food contact-approved next generation barriers, including polymer and fibre-based innovations.
Jalliina Järvinen | Vice President, Barrier Development, Stora Enso
Chair's closing remarks
End of conference

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