Food Contact Regulations Europe 2020 (11-12 February, Brussels) – Highlights

This year’s Food Contact Regulations Europe conference took place in Brussels on 11-12 February and gave professionals the chance to get the latest updates and developments on global food contact regulations. 

The two-day conference brought together a panel of distinguished speakers from the European Commission, Coop Danmark, CEPI, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, Anthesis and Henkelto to share their expertise on: 

  • the most recent results from the EU rules on food contact materials (FCMs) and what it means for those working in the world of food contact
  • how FCMs have been affected by sustainability initiatives across the world
  • updates on regulations in plastics, paper and cardboard
  • recycling and the circular economy
  • risk assessments of FCMs
  • what’s happening now, as well as expectations for the future
  • global perspectives from Europe, the US, China and Mercosur

View the 2020 programme


Anna Gergely

Director, EHS Regulatory, Steptoe & Johnson

Dario Dainelli

Director of Quality & Regulatory Affairs, SIT 

Lei Zhu

Deputy Director, China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment

Sarah Saminadin Peter

Manager Strategic Development, Intertek

Michael Warhurst

Executive Director, CHEM Trust

Jomarie Garcia

Regulatory Research Analyst, Verisk 3E

Aline Lemos

Packaging Researcher, Packaging Technology Center of Food Technology Institute

Bettina Ørsnes Larsen

Head of Food Safety, Coop Danmark

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Key takeaways from our editorial director 

Reflecting on this year’s event, Chemical Watch’s editorial director, Geraint Roberts, has reported on the key takeaways, which include:

  • DG Sante pressing ahead with its evaluation of EU food contact regulations.
  • Agreement from various FCM sector representatives that there are significant problems with the current EU regulatory framework.
  • The public backlash against plastics and the Commission’s desire to boost the recycling of materials will increasingly impact policy on the recycling of plastic FCMs.
  • The different approach to regulating FCMs in the US compared to the EU. 

Read the full review here

News articles from the conference:

Businesses failing to inform Commission of FCM safety updates
Business operators are failing to take responsibility for reporting information to the European Commission that could affect the safety assessment of substances approved for use under the food contact materials (FCMs) Regulation. Read more

EU Commission may delay FCM report by nearly two years
The European Commission may push back publication of a keenly anticipated report on food contact materials (FCM) by nearly two years, because it is considering a parallel impact assessment process. Read more


“High level of expertise of speakers, very well organized, easy-going technical support, nice venue, and a good place for networking”

"Well organised, interesting themes, people with knowledge!"

"Good presentations, friendly environment, excellent organisation" 

“Good overview, interesting networking in breaks, high-level audience” 

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