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- Session 4: Risk Assessment
Chair:Geraint RobertsEditorial Director, Chemical Watch, UK
An overview of risk assessments for FCMsDario DainelliManaging Director, Dario Dainelli Policy & Regulatory Affairs, and TUV Rheinland Regulatory Advisor, Italy
Risk assessment of non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) migrating from food contact articles
Ioan ParaschivRegulatory Affairs Manager FCM & REACh, Knoell, Netherlands
- Non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) in the context of Food Contact Material (FCM) Regulations in EU
- Migration of NIAS from FCM or Food Contact Articles (FCA)
- Identification and quantification of NIAS – challenges aspects
- Risk assessment of NIAS migrating from FCM/ FCA
- Key regulatory aspects on using available tox data/ information, and establish safety levels
- Session 5: Recycling and circular economy
Chair: Ioan Paraschiv, Regulatory Affairs Manager – REACH & Food Contact Materials, Knoell, Netherlands
Food contact regulations in the context of circular economyJuergen TowaraPartner Food Contact Compliance, ERM, Belgium
Challenges and opportunities for safe food packaging in the circular economy
Birgit GeuekeScientific Officer, Food Packaging Forum, Switzerland
- Circular economy is more than recycling: Solutions are holistic and adapted to local situation; recycling is a transition step.
- Materials in a circular economy need to be free from toxic chemicals and hazardous mixtures.
- Integration of waste and chemical regulation to ensure safe food packaging in a circular economy.
Recycling plastics into FCMsEdward KosiorManaging Director, Nextek, United Kingdom
- Session 6: Updates from the rest of the World
An overview of US vs EU regulations in food packaging
Martin KlattHead of Product Stewardship Regional Business Unit Dispersions and Resins Europe, BASF SE, E-EDE/QP, Germany
- Basics about EU and FDA
- Similarities and major differences
- FDA specific approaches and notification process
‘Forever Chemicals’ in Food Packaging: A View from the U.S.
Jomarie GarciaRegulatory Research Analyst, Verisk 3E, United States
- How per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) exposure became a national priority in the U.S.
- Current legislative action on PFAS in food packaging taken by the states
- Case studies: Washington State and Maine
China: Food contact update
- Current FCM National Standards system in China; challenges and trends
- Updates of key standards including:
- GB 21604.1
- Printing inks
via video presentationLei ZhuDeputy Director, China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment, China
Japan and the positive list for plastic food packaging: a video presentation
Mitsuhiko ShigekuraExecutive Director, JHOSPA - Japan Hygienic Olefin and Styrene Plastics Association
- Japan introduced legal Positive List System to manage materials of apparatus, containers and packaging for food by amending the Food Sanitation Act.
- Some industrial hygienic associations including JHOSPA have operated and maintained the Positive List style Voluntary Standard for more than 45 years.
- The achievements and experiences of these associations are the background of this new regulation.
- This presentation will offer a brief introduction of this new regulation as well as a comment on the role of industrial hygienic associations.
Updates on MERCOSUR food contact regulations
Aline LemosPackaging Researcher, Packaging Technology Center (CETEA) of Food Technology Institute (ITAL), Brazil
- General concepts of Mercosur legislation
- Main changes with the updated Mercosur regulation related to additives for plastic materials for food contact
- Upcoming Mercosur regulations that will be updated
- Session 7: Global developments
How to modernise Europe’s regulations on chemicals in food contact materials
Michael WarhurstExecutive Director, CHEM Trust, United Kingdom
- EU regulations on chemicals in FCM have not been substantially revised for decades, and are no longer fit for purpose. For example, there is a shift away from plastic to paper and card, yet there are no harmonised rules on acceptable chemicals in these materials - this issue should have been resolved years ago.
- A new approach is needed, covering all materials, interfacing effectively with REACH and taking a more protective approach to the most hazardous chemicals.
- The Commission has started a review of these laws and this should lead to the development of new legislation, developed in an open way with all stakeholders.
Conference conclusion and what are the challenges and opportunities for the industry?
Geraint Roberts, Editorial Director, Chemical Watch, UK
Close of conference