Global Food Contact 2017

15th - 17th May 2017

Crowne Plaza Rome, ITALY

Over 180 food contact professionals will gather in Rome, Italy from 15 - 17 May to hear the latest insights into worldwide food contact regulations.

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The Key Meeting Hub For The Latest Food Contact Information And Knowledge Exchange

Global Food Contact is the only place to receive the latest information on regulatory requirements in all the key markets you export to including Canada, China, Japan, Africa, India and more.

After a resounding success in the US in 2016 and in Europe for 2015, Smithers Pira’s unique global forum returns to Europe for 2017 - to the beautiful and historic area of Rome, Italy on the 15-17 May 2017.

With over 180 food contact professionals expected to meet in Rome, Italy, next May, this is the must-attend event to ensure that you don’t miss out on high level discussions of the key issues facing the global food contact industry.


Join us on Monday 15th May for the food contact workshop taking place prior to Global Food Contact's two day conference.

Title: Product Stewardship for Food Contact Materials Best Practices & Special Issues in the EU and US

This workshop will be a lively and timely exploration of what you need to be thinking about as a food contact professional who must contend with EU or US requirements.   Eric Greenberg and Alistair Irvine will examine a range of current topics that will help sharpen your practices and keep you alert for future developments.

A brief introduction to the legislation and why information transfer is important
Documentation requirements and best practices under the EU and FDA systems
How to handle non-food contact issues such as proposition 65
How to cope with the ever moving landscape arising from scientific developments and public health concerns in the media.

There will also be plenty of time for discussion, so please bring along any hot topics you would like to discuss.

Tickets to the workshop are priced at €499 + VAT. Book your place here.

N.B. Only delegates to the conference are eligible to attend the workshop. 


The 2017 agenda will see high-level speakers provide expert advice and comprehensive industry insights  into the latest trends and regulatory advancements across the globe.

Sessions include:

  • Jim Huang from Coca Cola USA discussing harmonizing global food contact regulations from an industry perspective
  • Miguel Angel Prieto Arranz from Cefic-FCA highlighting the FCA guidelines on risk assessment of non-listed substances (NLS) and non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) under the requirements of Article 3 of the Framework Regulation (EC) 1935/2004
  • Lionel Spack from Nestlé  providing a global brand owners approach to packaging safety  and compliance
  • Ningjia Zheng from Chevron Philips Chemical Company LP speaking about China's food contact regulations related to plastics

View the full agenda here.

Venue & Info

Crowne Plaza Rome - St. Peter's

Via Aurelia Antica 415 P.O Box 9076, Rome - 00165, Italy

Crowne Plaza Rome - St. Peter's hotel offers guests easy access to the city centre via our scheduled shuttle service or public transport just outside the hotel. If you're travelling to or from Fiumicino Airport (FCO), reserve your seat on our shuttle bus or book a private transfer. Closest metro station Cornelia is just over 1km from the hotel.

World-famous attractions such as Rome’sVatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel – home to Michelangelo’s spectacular frescoes – are all within reach. The hotel is just steps away from Villa Pamphili city park and a few minutes from the old neighbourhood of Trastevere.

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Delegates are responsible for organising their own travel and accommodation. A limited number of rooms have been reserved for conference delegates wishing to stay at the Crowne Plaza Rome St Peter’s Hotel at a special rate per night of €165 per double room for single occupancy, inclusive of American buffet breakfast, 10% VAT and service. To take advantage of this special rate, delegates must reserve their room no later than 14 March 2017 after which, rooms and rates will be subject to availability.

To book your accommodation, please click here.

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Warning! It has come to our attention that a number of accommodation service providers have contacted companies supporting the Global Food Contact conference regarding hotel reservations. When delegates say they have already booked they are told that they need to finalise their booking by completing a form with credit card details. This generates a new booking and a 25% deposit is immediately charged to the card - this is non-refundable and any cancellation incurs a heavy penalty.

These companies DO NOT represent Smithers and should NOT be given any credit card information. We encourage using the event booking details above. 

If you have any questions please contact Jenny Fehrenbach on or on +44 (0) 1372 802166


Conference ticket prices for Global Food Contact Europe 2017 is phased, so take advantage of the opportunity to secure your place for the lowest price by registering early. 

Conference Ticket Prices:

  Standard Rate
Expires 28/04/17
Final Rate
Until event date
Global Food Contact
2 day conference ticket
€1399* €1499*



*Prices exclude Italian VAT @ 22%

Any questions regarding academic & government rates, group bookings or the registration process, please contact Jenny Fehrenbach on

*Please contact us if you need to know the price in GBP/USD, which will vary based on the daily exchange rate.