Workshop

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

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Wednesday, 20th February 2019

8.30 Reception and Coffee

9.00 to 16.30
Nanomaterials – Regulatory Requirements and Practical Challenges for Food Contact
(Breaks will be arranged flexibly.)

Your Course Facilitator
Beate Kettlitz, Director Food Policy, Science and R&D, FoodDrinkEurope

Beate Kettlitz is a food chemist by training and has worked for German authorities, the European consumer organisation and the European food industry. From April 2005 until December 2018 she served as a Director for Food Policy, Science and R&D, dealing with food safety and food science related issues as well as relevant R&D projects to FoodDrinkEurope. She is also responsible for the support of the European Technology Platform (ETP) 'Food for Life'.

1
Definition(s) and the Regulatory Framework

The workshop will cover both definitions and the regulatory background as a starting point. Whereas the EU Commission’s proposal is aiming at a standard, stakeholders will also have to keep food legislation and related regulatory frameworks in mind. For those acting on an international level there is a variety of frameworks to be taken into consideration, making the lack of harmonisation even more challenging. The delegates will work out the common ground the various frameworks are based on, and will gain a deeper understanding of what these gaps mean for achieving and maintaining compliance.
• The EU Commission’s definition of nanomaterials
• Differences to the definition provided in food legislation
• Regional regulatory requirements and how they deviate
• Regulatory requirements for current applications of classical and new nanomaterials
• Dealing with the lack of harmonisation

2
Nanomaterials: Identifying and Mitigating Risks

Risk management is key to dealing successfully with nanomaterials in the chemicals and the FCM sector. This part of the workshop will be based on the EFSA guidelines. Still there will be different perceptions of risks which stakeholders have to cope with. The workshop aims at defining a set of measures that will mitigate risks significantly.
• Benefits and risks of nanomaterials: industry and consumer perspective
• Potential risks: health and environment
• Which uncertainties might exist?
• Opportunities and limitations of migration testing
• Working out a set of adequate risk management measures

3
Practical Implications

Having defined risk management measures the workshop will turn to practical implications in an interactive session. The delegates will connect the dots of the risk management picture to the real life challenges they face related to nanomaterials. This includes the effects of lacking harmonisation, challenges with test methods and, getting back to the roots, implications on food safety that need to be anticipated.
• Differences in regulatory sectors: food contact materials vs food
• Engineered Nanomaterials (ENMs): state of play on the application of standard test methods
• Migration testing as a means for detecting safety risks
• How to deal with safety concerns of nanoparticles that are insoluble, indigestible and persistent    in the body
• Identifying potential food safety implications associated with nano technologies in the food    sector

4
Methodological Aspects in Increasing Food Safety

Based on the insights of the lessons above the participants will close the loop by looking at remaining uncertainties and trying to create a set of ideas for constant review. One of the main aspects is how to document measures.
• Reducing existing uncertainties
• Review of risk assessment methodologies to evaluate the safety of nanomaterials in the food    chain
• Establishing standard protocols for risk assessment in terms of characterisation and tests

 

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