Food Contact Materials Regulation

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February 18th and 19th, 2019 - Conference
Berlin, Germany

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Monday, 18th February 2019

8.30 Registration and Coffee

Chairman’s Opening Remarks
Prof. Christer Hogstrand, Chair of the Scientific Committee Working Group, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

Setting the Scene - The Legal Frame for Food Contact Materials
• Basic requirements of the framework regulation
• Plastics Implementation Measure (PIM) and other specific provisions
• The declaration of compliance
• National provisions on FCMs
Andreas Meisterernst, Partner Meisterernst Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB, Lecturer on Food Law, TU Munich, Germany

EFSA Guidance Document for Harmonisation of Risk Assessment
Methodologies for Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment of Combined Exposure to Multiple Chemicals

• Review of the key terms and existing frameworks for these risk assessments
• Definition of the risk assessment steps:
   - problem formulation
   - exposure assessment
   - hazard identification and characterisation
   - risk characterisation including uncertainty analysis
• How to manage a harmonised, consistent approach for performing mixture risk assessments    across different regulatory sectors
• Reflections about food contact materials as mixtures
Prof. Christer Hogstrand, Chair of the Scientific Committee Working Group, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Italy

10.30 Networking and Coffee Break

Risk Assessment in the Supply Chain
• Food contact materials of transport containers
   - handling and testability for foodstuff
• Hazards of cross-contamination during transportation with allergens and noxious substances
• Identification of previous products and allergens
• Food defense: challenges and risk management
• Global traceability in the supply chain
Hans-Dieter Philipowski, President, ENFIT - International Association - Supply Chain Safety, Belgium

Managing Risks from FCM in Official Controls
• Development of risk-based official control programmes for FCM
• Managing incidents of FCM contamination for harmonised and non-harmonised FCM
• Managing non-compliances with FCM legislation
Dr Bernard Hegarty, Director of Enforcement Policy, Food Safety Authority of Ireland, Ireland

12.30 Networking and Lunch

EU vs US Regulations in Food Packaging
• Technical requirements for establishing EU and US compliance for packaging materials
• Overview of EU national laws applicable to non-harmonised food-contact materials
• EU developments on printed food contact materials regulation
• US developments relating to GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status
• Trends in FDA’s Inventory of Effective FCS Notifications
Dr Martin Klatt, Head of Product Stewardship Regional Business Unit Dispersions and Resins Europe, BASF SE, Germany

Plastics Recycling for Food Contact Materials and the Amendment of Regulation (EU) No. 282/2008
• Current regulatory framework for recycling of plastic food contact materials
• Proposed amendments in the new version of Reg. (EU) No. 282/2008
• Challenges for recyclers and converters
• Ensuring compliance and audits by local authorities
Martin Policar, Regulatory Compliance, Polymer Comply Europe, Belgium

15.30 Networking and Coffee Break

Paper Industry Approach to Risk Assessment and Management
• How to align methodologies of creating and manufacturing different products by FCM
• How the regulatory environment will evolve in the EU (including, after Brexit) and what the paper    industry would wish for
   - how to ensure that companies have equal access to the market
   - managing to reduce compliance and testing costs
• Revision process of the European Union food contact legislation
• Safeguarding consumer safety: the issues and priorities
Eugenio Cavallini, Technical Manager, Confederation of European Paper Industry (CEPI), Belgium

Recycled Paper and Board Food Packaging Materials – Are they Safe?
• What are the hazards of recycled paper for food packaging?
• Proper risk assessment methods: how to ensure that increasing the recycled content of    packaging will also guarantee safety and quality
• How is paper and board food packaging material regulated?
Prof. Anne Marie Vinggaard, Division of Diet, Disease Prevention and Toxicology, National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

17.30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks

17.45 End of Day 1

18.15 Evening Reception
Following the official part of the conference, Chem-Academy invites you to an evening reception at an atmospheric local restaurant. Benefit from the informal surrounding to intensify business contacts and extend your network.

Tuesday, 19th February 2019

Chairman’s Opening Remarks
Prof. Christer Hogstrand, Chair of the Scientific Committee Working Group, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

Food Contact Materials Legislation: Current Evalution Process after the 29th of September 2018
• Status of the evaluation and organisation
   - Current approach for plastic FCMs and differences over materials other than plastic
   - Challenges with verification of compliance
• Strengthened evaluation process – possible outcome
• View of the plastics industry
• Proposal from PlasticsEurope on future steps
• What to expect until 2020?
Michel Cassart, Senior Consumer Protection Manager, PlasticsEurope, Belgium

The Need for Harmonisation: FCMs & Materials in Contact with Drinking Water
• State of play and requirements at EU and global level
• The journey to harmonisation: outlook and recommendations
• Risk Assessment approaches for ensuring the safety of additives in FCMs and materials in contact    with drinking water
Miguel Angel Prieto Arranz, FCA Group Sector Manager, Food Contact Additives, a Sector Group of Cefic (FCA), Belgium

10.00 Networking and Coffee Break

Food Industry Role in between FCM Manufacturers and Consumers
• Perspective looking to the past
• Current situation and trends
• Expectations for the future
Carlos de la Cruz Garcia, Head of Regulatory & Scientific Affairs, Nestlé Nespresso S.A., Switzerland

Printing Ink Industry's Contribution to the Compliance of Printed Food Contact Materials
• European Printing Ink Association (EuPIA): how to help ensure that printed food contact materials    are compliant
• Selection of raw materials for the manufacture of inks for food contact materials
• Good Manufacturing Practice: What needs to be followed in the production of inks?
• Relevant information along the value chain
• The position of the Packaging Ink Joint Industry Task Force (PIJITF) on the planned EU regulation    on printed food contact materials
Dr Martin Kanert, Executive Manager, European Printing Ink Association (EuPIA), Belgium

12.00 Networking and Lunch

Food Packaging in the Circular Economy: Chemical Safety Aspects for Commonly Used Materials
• Reduction, reuse, and recycling of food packaging in the circular economy
• Regulatory requirements for recycled food packaging materials
• Properties of food packaging materials affecting recycling
• How are commonly used FCMs recycled?
• Typical chemicals of concern appearing in recycled materials
• Current initiatives aiming at the transition to a circular economy
Dr Birgit Geueke, Scientific Officer, Food Packaging Forum, Switzerland

Chinese Food Contact Materials (FCM) Regulations: similarities and differences with EU Regulation
- Structure of FCM Regulations in China
- Overview of Chinese FCM Regulations (focus on plastics and coatings), and how they compare to EU and national legislations
- Guidance on how to establish FCM compliance in China
- Additional topics:
   - FCM Regulatory framework in India, and
   - Outlook on FCM Asian Regulations
Dr. Ioan Paraschiv, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Knoell NL B.V., Netherlands

15.00 Networking and Coffee Break

Endocrine and Genotoxic Activity of Food Contact Materials: Characterisation by In-vitro Bioassays
• Optimisation and validation of in-vitro test methods for the analysis of food contact materials    (FCM)
• Safety and risk assessment of non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) in food packaging
• Application of the Threshold of Toxicological Concern to unknown substances
• Update on new test results of different FCM samples for genotoxicity and endocrine activity
Dr Christian Kirchnawy, Team Leader, Austrian Research Institute for Chemistry and Technology (OFI), Austria

16.15 Chairman’s Closing Remarks

16.30 End of Conference


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