Food Contact Training 2018 (North America)

13th - 14th November 2018

Cleveland, OHIO

After last year's success, Smithers Food Contact Training North America is back for 2018!


The training you need to succeed

Organized by Smithers Pira, a worldwide authority on packaging, paper, and print industry supply chains.

The legislation for food contact materials is constantly evolving. It is critical that suppliers understand and monitor food packaging regulation requirements, and have the resources and know-how to forecast the industry landscape. With the 2018 edition of Food Contact Training North America, Smithers Pira brings knowledgeable advisors face-to-face with attendees in a specialized, close-knit training course.

Attendees will gain invaluable insight from our speakers: Alistair Irvine, Business Manager for Food Contact Compliance at Smithers Pira, and Eric Greenberg, who concentrates his practice in food and drug law, packaging law, and commercial litigation.

Dont miss out on this opportunity!


2018 Session Highlights Include:

  • A special Q&A between Mars Wrigley Confectionery's Ron Osborn, Principal Scientist of Packaging Compliance, and speakers Eric Greenberg  and Alistair Irvine.
  • Information on the compliance of food contact packaging materials in the United States, and in the European Union's complex mixture of harmonized and non-harmonized legislation - allowing attendees to master their understanding of these complex regulations
  • The use of practical examples to guide participants on regulatory changes
  • Overview of harmonized legislation and how it applies to plastic packaging materials
  • Paper and Board Industry guidelines and how they can be used to demonstrate compliance with the Framework Regulation on food contact materials and articles
  • Legislation on chemicals, biocides, and nanomaterials, and an explanation of how they impact food contact materials


Day One: Tuesday, November 13

Introduction to Food Contact

08:00 AM          Coffee and Registration                     
09:00 AM          
Introduction to EU and US legislation: similarities and differences
09:30 AM          Why do we regulate food contact and an overview of the pathways to clearance 
10:00 AM          US Regulatory Framework – Intro to Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, food additives 
10:30 AM          EU Regulatory  Framework and GMP
11:00 AM          Refreshments and networking break
11:30 AM          GRAS and other FDA exemptions/pathways
12:00 AM          Understanding NIAS and their role in EU food contact
12:30 AM          Lunch

Considerations for Food Contact Approval

01:30 PM          Other EU materials: Paper/Coatings and the relationship with national regulations
02:00 PM          EU Regulation 10/2011 the Plastics in Contact with Foods Legislation
02:30 PM          Approval routes for plastics in Europe
03:00 PM          Refreshments and networking break
03:30 PM          FCN’s in the US: Why do they get all the attention?
04:00 PM          The role of the US’s CFR – a big part of the story but not the whole story
04:30 PM          Food Contact in the rest of the world (Asia, Latin America and other notable regions)
05:30 PM          Networking reception   (Details to come) 


Day Two: Wednesday, November 14

Supply Chain Considerations for Food Contact

08:00 AM          Morning refreshments
08:30 AM          The role of supply chain communication in compliance        
09:00 AM          EU considerations for supply chain compliance (testing programs and GMP), US in light of FSMA and its FSVP
09:30 AM          Q&A with Ron Osborn, Mars Wrigley Confectionery, Principal Scientist - Packaging Compliance
10:00 AM          Refreshments and networking break
10:30 AM          Not intended / transmitted chemicals from packaging to food – FSMA  
11:00 AM          Fundamentals of product stewardship
11:30 AM          Overcoming supply chain challenges, and more!
12:00 AM          Lunch

Future outlook for food contact regulations

01:00 PM          Current EU projects under consideration and future regulatory landscape
01:30 PM          Current FDA plans and future regulatory landscape
02:00 PM          Regulatory concerns with international markets and new regulations under the Trump administration
02:30 PM          What we can expect from other regions
03:00 PM          Wrap Up – Preparing yourself for current and future food contact regulations
03:30 PM          Dessert and networking

Venue & Info

This year's Food Contact Training will be held at the Cuyahoga Community College.

180 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Where to stay:

Hyatt Regency at the Arcade

420 Superior Avenue East, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA

Click here to book a room!

Room rate: $119.00/night

Experience stunning historic architecture and newly renovated guestrooms at Hyatt Regency Cleveland at The Arcade. Located adjacent to the East Fourth Street Entertainment District and just two blocks from Quicken Loans Arena, this iconic hotel in the heart of downtown Cleveland is the perfect starting point to experience the best the city has to offer.

What Makes a Seamless Stay:

  • Newly renovated guestrooms: 293 beautifully updated guestrooms with all new modern furnishings, many offering views of the city or Arcade.

  • Central downtown location: Walking distance from Quicken Loans Arena, Progressive Field, FirstEnergy Stadium, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Playhouse Square, and Jack Casino.

  • Dining with a view: Savor a memorable meal at 1890 Restaurant or enjoy a local craft beer and appetizer at 1890 Lounge, both overlooking The Arcade.

  • Memorable gatherings: The spectacular setting of Hyatt Regency Cleveland at The Arcade makes it one of the most sought after venues for area meetings, social events, and weddings.


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Early Bird pricing expires on September 21, 2018. 

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  Price Date
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Standard $1099.00 September 21 - Conference


Eric Greenberg, Principal Attorney - Eric F. Greenberg P.C.

Eric F. Greenberg is Principal Attorney of the law firm Eric F. Greenberg, P. C., with a practice  concentrated in food and drug  law, packaging law, and commercial litigation.  His  food and drug work has included regulatory counseling, label and claims review, new product development, GRAS and food contact materials evaluations and clearances, negotiations with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and state agencies, handling recalls, and defending enforcement actions. 

He and his Chicago-based firm counsel a wide range of consumer product companies, packaging manufacturers and others from around the world. As well, Eric has served as General Counsel of the Contract Packaging Association for over 15 years.

In addition to his law practice, Eric is a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he teaches Food and Drug Law and Administrative Law, and California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly), where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Packaging Laws and Regulations. 


Alistair Irvine, Food Compliance - Smithers Pira

Alistair manages the Food Packaging Safety Section within Smithers Pira. This involves advising clients on the safety legislation which applies to food packaging in a wide range of different countries throughout the world and coordinating work programmes to ensure that clients' products meet these requirements. His expertise spans all the EU countries, USA, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Israel, Russia and all the South American countries.

Alistair graduated with a degree and PhD in Chemistry from Birmingham University. After working for BP and the Department of Health, he joined Pira in 1994, taking up his current position in 1995.