Food Contact Materials Regulation

06 - 07 February 2023 - Berlin und online

Monday, 6th February 2023

Opening Remarks
Dr Bernard Hegarty, Director of Enforcement Policy, Food Safety Authority of Ireland

The Development of FCM Legislation
  • Risk-based official control programs for FCM in EU context
  • Complying with the new rules for official controls
  • Evolution of EU FCM legislation

– the new EU Regulation on recycled plastics and the authorisation of new plastics recycling processes
– the likely developments in the specific measures of the EU’s FCM laws
– the ongoing evaluation by the Commission of its FCM legislation generally, including the links to the chemical’s legislation, focus on sustainability and circular economy

Dr Bernard Hegarty, see above

Global Developments and Challenges of the Markets on Food Contact Materials

  • The updated and new Framework FCM Regulation in the EU
  • The new EU Regulation on the recycled plastic FCM
  • The new German Ink Ordinance (GIO) on printed FCM
  • The updated Mercosur Resolutions on FCM
  • Current 21 CFR Regulations on FCM in the US
  • Risk assessment of NIAS originating from FCM

Dr Ioan Paraschiv, Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager Food Contact Materials & REACH, Food & Food Contact Materials (FFCM) Division, knoell NL B.V., The Netherlands

10.30     Coffee Break and Networking

Regulations on Food Contact Materials in China and Japan

  • General overview
  • General safety requirements for Food Contact Materials and articles
  • Specifications and Standards for food contact materials
  • Establishing Compliance in Food Contact Materials

Dr Martin Klatt, Executive Specialist Regulatory Affairs, Head of Product Stewardship Dispersions and Resins Europe, BASF SE, Germany

Nestlé Systems and the FCM Regulatory Landscape

  • What is a system?

– A factory at home
– Food Contact Materials in systems, and beyond

  • Facing regulatory challenges and supply chain complexity
  • Systems and the role of FCM in sustainability

Carlos de la Cruz Garcia, Head of Regulatory & Scientific Affairs, Nestlé System Technology Center, Switzerland

12.30     Lunch Break

Requirements for Food Contact Materials

  • GMP – Legal requirements in Europe
  • GMP – implementation in adhesives
  • GMP – worldwide

Dr Monika Tönnießen, Head of Food Safety Compliance – Global Food Safety, Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs, Henkel AG & Co., Germany

​​​​​​​GMP from the Perspective of a Supplier of Sealing Parts for Food Contact Processing

  • How we implement GMP in manufacturing of rubber and plastic sealing articles
  • Specific challenges
  • Shared responsibility in the supply chain

Dr Petra Hilt, Global Manager Compliance Food Contact Materials, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Germany GmbH, Germany

15.15     Coffee Break and Networking

Conformity of Printed Food Contact Materials in Germany

I. Legal situation of printed Food Contact Materials – Today

  • FCM: European Framework Regulation (EC) No. 1935/2004
  • FCM Inks: Industry Guidance: EuPIA concepts and commitments
  • hubergroup FCM policy

II. German “Printing Ink Ordinance” (GIO) - expectations (Critical aspects) and challenges

  • The provisions of the GIO (definitions, positive list, DFC/non-DFC inks, NIAS, migration limits)
  • Comparison with Swiss Ordinance
  • Status Positive List III. NIAS Evaluation with regards to printing inks
  • Strategies for the hazard assessment
  • Exposure and final risk assessment

Dr David Doenning, Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs Europe
Scientific Specialist for Toxicology, hubergroup Germany GmbH,

The Challenges in Compliance Work for Printed Food Packaging

  • Declaration of compliance: Managing adequate information along the supply chain
  • How to evaluate the risk of migration by worst-case calculation, migration modeling and migration testing
  • Alternatives to plastic and how to determine their compliance as food contact materials

Dr Sarah-Lisa Theisen, Lab Manager and Business Development Manager, TÜV Rheinland LGA Products GmbH, Germany

17.15     Chairman’s Closing Remarks 

17.20     End of Day One

18.00     Evening Event



Tuesday, 7th February 2023

Chairman’s Opening Remarks
Dr Bernard Hegarty, Director of Enforcement Policy, Food Safety Authority of Ireland

Non-Intentionally Added Substances (NIAS): Importance, Approach, and Recent Advances

  • What are NIAS and why should we evaluate them?
  • Chemical and toxicological methods for determination of NIAS
  • Review of recent developments in NIAS assessment

Malcolm Driffield, PhD, Managing Scientist - Food Safety and Food Contact Materials, Exponent International Ltd, UK

10.00     Coffee Break and Networking

Biocides in the Food Production

  • Legal framework and recent developments regarding Biocides in food production
  • Establishment of maximum residue limits for active substances contained in a biocidal product
  • National measures

Zanda Romata, Competition and EU Regulatory Law Senior Associate, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Brussel, Belgium

Plastic Packaging - Protecting Valuables

  • Save resources and energy
  • Reuse instead of throwing away
  • Legal requirements for plastics in contact with foodstuffs

Dr Sabine Lindner, Business Unit Climate Protection and Circular Economy, PlasticsEurope Germany e.V., Germany

12.00     Lunch Break

Investigation of Post-Consumer Recycling Polymers for DNA-Reactive Genotoxicity

  • Implications of the new recycling regulation (EU) 2022/1616 on the safety assessment of recycled polymers for direct food contact
  • Detection of DNA-reactive, genotoxic compounds in recycled polymers using the Ames test
  • Degradation products of printing inks as potential risk factor for DNA-reactivity

Elisa Mayrhofer, Scientist and Project Coordinator, Austrian Research Institute for Chemistry and Technology, Austria

Moving to Safe and Sustainable Food Packaging in Europe - Reusable Solutions in the Spotlight

  • Opportunities and challenges for packaging manufacturers - where we are with 'reuse' of food packaging now?
  • Compliance with hygiene standards
  • Expectations for the future

Dorota Napierska, PhD, Policy Officer on Toxic-Free Consumption & Production, WeWork c/o Zero Waste Europe, Belgium

15.00     Coffee Break

FCM: from risk assessment to essential use

  • How does the chemicals strategy for sustainability impact the food contact materials legislation?
  • What could be the new paradigm for evaluation of FCM and what is “generic risk assessment”?
  • Is there a place of the essential use concept in FCM evaluation?

Pavlina Chopova-Leprêtre, Counsel, Mayer Brown Europe-Brussels LLP

An NGO’s View of the Safety of Food Contact Materials

  • What does society expect of food contact materials safety?
  • How can EU legislation address these societal demands?
  • What challenges does the circular economy pose to food contact materials?

Antonia Reihlen, Chemical Policy Expert, CHEM Trust Europe e.V., Germany


17.00     Chairman’s Closing Remarks

17.15     End of the Conference