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Registration and welcome refreshments
Chair’s opening remarks
Session 1 - Regulation Roundup
European Commission Keynote - evaluation and revision of the EU rules on food contact materials
New challenges to submission of dossiers on food contact plastics: the EU transparency regulation meets the EFSA E-Submission Food Chain Platform
This presentation will provide an overview of the impacts of the EU Transparency Regulation (EU) 2019/1381 on the development of data used to support filings for positive listings under the Plastics Regulation (and other Regulations pertaining to food-contact plastics) and the notification of such data to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).  It will cover the aspects of timing and confidentiality, as well as what data are covered under the Transparency Regulation requirements.  The presentation will then address practical aspects of navigating the new EFSA E-Submission Food Chain Platform with special attention to aspects relating to the Transparency Regulation, notification requirements, and confidentiality claims.
Joan Baughan | Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Printing ink regulation in Europe: The recent German Ordinance and changes to Swiss rules
  • Brief history of printing ink regulations in Europe
  • Details of the recent ‘German Printing Ink Ordinance’
  • Changes to the Swiss Printing Ink Ordinance
  • Analytical challenges in printing ink migration analysis

Dr Malcolm Driffield | Managing Scientist, Chemical Regulation & Food Safety, Exponent International
Networking Break
Overview of regulatory landscape for food contact paper and board, and new CEPI GMP guidelines
Understanding the implications of the new Recycled Plastics Regulation
  • Expanded scope of the New Regulation
  • New concepts and requirements : Suitable Recycling Technology, Novel Recycling Technology and Recycling Scheme
  • Focus on the obligations of recyclers

Rachida Semail | Partner, Keller & Heckman
Industry perspective on the new Regulation (EU) 2022/1616 on recycled plastics for food contact
Networking Lunch
The regulation of food contact materials in an independent UK: implementation, divergence and early lessons from the market of Great Britain
This presentation will provide an overview of the legal framework for, and practical implementation of, the regulation of food contact materials within the market of Great Britain (GB).  It will cover the legal mechanisms to ensure a functioning regulatory regime for plastics and paper in contact with foodstuffs, the areas of actual and potential divergence from the EU, the UK approach to enforcement and legal remedies, and our practical experience of engagement with the GB authorities, including the GB’s fledgling IT systems.
Tom Gillett | Associate, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Analysis and assessment of FCM from the perspective of an official control laboratory
Lydia Richter, Laboratory Manager, Department of Consumer Products, Chemical and Veterinary Official Control Laboratory in Stuttgart (CVUA Stuttgart)
Natalie Stark, Laboratory Manager, Department of Consumer Products, Chemical and Veterinary Official Control Laboratory in Stuttgart (CVUA Stuttgart)
Networking Break
Session 2 - Toxicology & Risk Assessment
The reality of investigating a known NIAS – a case study with Cyclo-di-BADGE
In this presentation we will share the experiences of a Joint Industry Group (epoxy manufactures, coatings manufacturers and can makers) in investigating a known NIAS substance. Cyclo-di-(bisphenol-A-glycidylether) or Cyclo-di-BADGE (CdB) is a by-product formed during the manufacture of epoxy resin based coatings applied to the internal surfaces of food cans. It has been found at low concentrations in various canned food stuffs raising concerns from some regulatory authorities. No toxicological information was available limiting the ability to make an assessment using the industry developed NIAS guidance based on the Threshold of Toxicological Concern approach.  Therefore, we undertook a programme of work to synthesize sufficient quantities of the NIAS material to carry out a series of toxicological studies.  We will present the results of the testing as well as a review of the cost and technical challenges we faced and what this means for NIAS investigations in the future.
Linda Lea | Global Product Safety Manager, AkzoNobel
Untargeted screening of perfluoroalkyl substances in food contact materials and total oxidizable precursor assay: hidden PFAS in paper and board items
PFAS testing is a real challenge. Often, a sample pre-treatment in needed, referring to total oxidizable precursor assay (TOP). An untargeted approach is fundamental.
Dr. Marinella Vitulli | Director , Food Contact Center
PFAS regulation – the US way
In the past 2-3 years, the US situation for the PFAS chemical group has dramatically changed – US FDA, EPA and numerous US States first expanded the definition, then introduced numerous bills or regulations restricting or banning use of substances from the PFAS class, in worst cases purporting to completely ban any presence in FCM. We will review the current complex legal situation and also potential impacts on the supply chain.
Kevin C. Kenny | SVP Compliance Content, FoodChain ID
Chair’s closing remarks
FoodChain ID User Meeting
Networking drinks reception
Registration and welcome refreshments
Chair’s opening remarks
Session 1 - Sustainability
The regulation of packaging and packaging waste in the EU – what is on the horizon?
  • The revision of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive
  • The challenges of dealing with divergent Member State packaging waste regimes
  • Emerging plastic taxes in the EU Member States and the UK plastics tax.

Hazel O'Keeffe | Partner, Keller and Heckman LLP
Implementation of the Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR) in the packaging sector – implications for FCM
  • From SSbD towards ESPR
  • Requirements for meeting ESPR
  • Digital Product Passport
  • Opportunities to communicate food contact and other product safety information to downstream user
  • Best practice examples from other value chains

Dr Martin Klatt | Executive Specialist Regulatory Affairs, Head of Product Stewardship Dispersions and Resins Europe, BASF
The potential impacts of European sustainability initiatives on food contact legislation
Networking Break
Session 2 - Food Contact Compliance along the Supply Chain
Tracking and measuring sustainable packaging: tools and trends
To improve the sustainability and safety of food contact materials globally, stakeholder efforts need to be coordinated and the latest scientific information must be easily accessible and actionable. However, with this plethora of information, it can be very challenging for industry actors across the supply chain, to keep track of new initiatives, gain recognition for their progress, and stay on top of the thousands of new scientific studies published each year that point towards emerging issues. To help companies set and meet commendable targets recognized by their customers and consumers, a set of free tools and resources have been recently developed including the Brand and Retailer Initiatives Database, the Understanding Packaging (UP) Scorecard, and the FCCmigex Database. In this presentation, we will introduce these tools, explain how they can be used to support internal decision-making and goal setting, and highlight the ongoing development of a few more resources that will provide additional support towards making food packaging truly safe and sustainable
Justin Boucher | Operations Director, Food Packaging Forum
FCM compliance documentation for the end product
Mark Penton, Machines Regulatory Manager, Lavazza Group
Harmonized questionnaire and Stacksdata - modern platform for paper compliance work
The Pulp and Paper Harmonized Questionnaire enables recognition, interpretation and solutions to paper/board product regulatory requirements, including food contact material specific questions and general market needs
  • PPVIS working group – mission & history – how has it advance since 2019?
  • Challenges we all face along the supply chain
  • Solutions: PP VIS Harmonized Questionnaire and Stacksdata
  • Future opportunities and roadmap
Kaisa Herranen, Director, Product Stewardship, UPM-Kymmene Corporation
Scott Kaufman,
Founder & CEO, Stacks Data
Networking Lunch
Plastics recycling equipment manufacturer perspectives – ensuring equipment complies with FCM regulations
  • How does a challenge test on the equipment work
  • Whats the logic behind a challenge test: Migration of substances- super cleaning technology- maximum allowed daily intake of substances into the human body
  • Food safety relevant process parameters on the equipment
  • Automatic monitoring of food safety relevant process parameters and automatic rejection of non-compliant material
  • Recycled plastic: FCM compliance vs. physical appearance of the plastic: Marketing vs. Science
  • Overview of different Starlinger super cleaning equipment technologies

Devavnshi Kapadia | Food-Contact Manager, Recycling Technology Division, Starlinger & Co Gesellschaft m.b.H
Supply chain communication and transparency: requirements now and in the future
•Technical Data Sheet (TDS)/Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
        o    Document of Compliance (DoC)
        o    Requirements (what- when- how)
        o    Format (now-future)
        o    Information of non-intentionally added substances (NIAS)
        o    Disclaimer(s)/ language/style
•Supporting documentation (SD)
Marcel Bosma | Independent Expert, Plastics Europe
MOSH & MOAH migrating from food packaging (FCM) into foods – current regulatory landscape in the EU, and future impact
  • Migration of MOSH & MOAH from food packaging into food – current regulatory overview in the EU
  • MOSH & MOAH requirements as by German Printing Ink Ordinance (GIO)
  • Final draft of the 22nd Ordinance to Amend the Commodities Ordinance (German Mineral Oil Ordinance)
  • Guidelines for assessment of MOSH & MOAH migrating from food packaging into foods
  • Analytical challenges on identifying MOSH & MOAH – a few case studies
  • Impact of Mineral Oils onto the recyclability of packaging (French Environmental Decree)

Dr. Ioan Paraschiv | Group Leader – Global FFCM Division, Food & Food Contact Materials (FFCM) Division, Knoell NL B.V
Chair's closing remarks
Conference ends

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