EU Food Contact Legislation – Where Are We and Where are We Going?

EU Food Contact Legislation – Where Are We and Where are We Going?

The European Commission started harmonizing food contact legislation in the mid-1970’s. Over the following years up to 2011 steady, if unspectacular, progress was made with the development of legislation covering the general framework and GMP for all materials and the specific cases of plastics, recycled plastics, active and intelligent packaging, regenerated cellulose film, ceramics, certain epoxy derivatives (BADGE, BFDGE and NOGE), the release of n-nitrosamines and n-nitrosatable substances from rubber teats and soothers and the import of polyamide and melamine kitchenware from China and Hong Kong.

From 2011 to 2017 progress slowed further and was limited to plastics despite the legislation on recycled plastics and active and intelligent packaging remaining unfinished. However, the pace of change looks set to increase significantly. Two regulations have already been issued in 2018 and progress promised on completing the unfinished legislation, introducing a new approach for legislating printed food contact materials and reviewing the efficacy of The Framework Regulation (EU) 1935/2004. Additionally, a proposed EU regulation on transparency in the food chain may also impact on food contact. Finally, there is additional uncertainty added by Britain’s exit from the EU, commonly known as Brexit.

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Why you should not miss this training?

This training covers where we currently are, why we cannot continue with the approach used for plastics for the many remaining unharmonized materials and the radical new idea for future legislation.  It will also look at recent developments which might lead to significant changes in the Framework Regulation which underpins all the other food contact legislation.

The European Commission has made steady, if unspectacular, progress with the development of harmonized food contact legislation.  However, it has recently come under pressure from some of the member states and the European Parliament to introduce future legislation far quicker.  This has led the Commission to develop a radical new approach for the future, starting with finished printed food packaging.

Who should attend this training?

This a must have training for food packaging material producers, R&D chemist and formulators involved in food packaging. Also suitable for anyone responsible for showing that the food contact materials or articles produced by their company are compliant with the requirements of EU law, in particular:

  1. Regulatory affairs professionals;
  2. Quality managers and quality department employees;
  3. Technical directors; 
  4. Other technical managers and executives and production line supervisors and sales and marketing professionals who wish to understand the legal requirements that their company’s products must comply with industry.
Training Outline

During this training following topics will be covered:

  1. The current general legislation applying to all food contact articles and materials.
  2. The specific legislation applying to plastics, recycled plastics, active and intelligent packaging, regenerated cellulose film, ceramics, certain epoxy derivatives, the release of n-nitrosamines and n-nitrosatable substances from rubber teats and soothers and the import of polyamide and melamine kitchenware from China and Hong Kong.
  3. Where gaps exist in the specific legislation and when these might be filled.
  4. The new regulations introduced this year.
  5. The proposed new approach for legislation of printed food contact materials.
  6. Possible effects of the review of the Framework Regulation.
  7. Possible effects of the proposed EU regulation on transparency in the food chain.
  8. Possible effects of Brexit.
  9. Q&A session to clear doubts

Areas of discussion: EU Food Contact Legislation, EU food contact compliance, EU Framework Regulation, GMP, food contact materials database, declaration of compliance food contact template, food contact certificate, eu food packaging regulations, FCM regulations, FCMs legislation

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Training Details

Instructor: Nick KERNOGHAN

Date: Thu Oct 18 , 2018

Time: 2:30 PM GMT (Check local time)

Duration: 90 min

Industry: Core Chemical Industry

Training level: Regulations

Registration: Open

Training Fee: $149.00

Registration Includes

  • 90 days access to the live recording
  • Training material in PDF
  • Transcript of Q&A
  • Contact details of instructor for any further project consultation needs

About Instructor

Nick KERNOGHAN
Consultant

After graduating from university in 1977 with an honours degree in chemistry Nick worked for British Petroleum for 19 years as an analytical chemist and manager. Then in 1996 he moved to Pira International, which became Smithers Pira in 2010, and lead the food contact testing and consultancy business until leaving to start his own independent consultancy business in 2015. Since 1996 he has helped companies achieve compliance with food contact regulations, in particular: - Compliance with global legislation in Europe, USA, Canada, the Mercosur countries, Japan, China, the ASEAN countries, Australia, New Zealand, India, Russia and Israel. - Notifications of new food contact substances to the FDA in the USA, EFSA in Europe and Health Canada; - Writing declarations of compliance; Helping companies get the information needed from their suppliers to enable them to comply with their regulatory responsibilities. - Producing QA, QC and supporting documentation systems for compliance with the GMP Regulation (EC) No 2023/2006 - Evaluating NIAS in products for compliance with Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 - Training employees to understand their corporate responsibilities thereby ensuring compliance; and, - Responding to food packaging scares.