Food Contact Training UK (September) 2019

17th - 18th September 2019

London Gatwick, UK

Following the resounding success of  Food Contact Training  - Smithers Pira has confirmed the next instalment of the training course:

Venue: Sandman Signature London Gatwick Hotel, UK

Date: 17-18th September 2019

Course Duration: 2 Days


Standard fee - £999 + VAT

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Training that gives you the knowledge and tools to run your business better

Smithers Pira is the worldwide authority on packaging, paper and print industry supply chains and alongside our globally renowned conferences and webinar schedules, we deliver that expertise in a small number of specialist training courses.

Get regulatory guidance and training from industry experts

  • Learn about food contact regulations in Europe and the US
  • Find out how to comply
  • Understand the regulations for a variety of different materials
  • See what to expect in the future and how to stay compliant

Regulations matter and regulations change, so how can you as a business stay compliant? Smithers Pira's specialist course is designed to give a comprehensive overview of all the key food contact regulatory areas for those working in chemicals, plastics, materials and packaging companies.

You'll get a detailed guide to the relevant legislation in your market, what you can expect in the future and how to prepare for it now. This, plus the opportunity to tailor course contents specifically to your requirements, ensures you'll get the knowledge you need to succeed as a business and as an individual.

Smithers Pira's experts can help your organisation:

  • Comply with food contact legislation in all the jurisdictions where it exists, namely the EU, individual European counties, the USA, Canada, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, China, South East Asia, India and Israel.
  • Notify new food contact substances to enable their legal use in Europe and the USA.
  • Produce and use recycled materials for food contact applications.
  • Identify the identity and source of the chemicals responsible for packaging taints and odours to enable you to eliminate them.

About the course

Insight from Barry Podd, Independent Consultant and former Global Regulatory Affairs Manager, Kimberly Clark, on what you will learn through attending Smithers Pira’s Food Contact Training course

The legislation on food contact materials  in the European Union is not only evolving but is also being impacted by the legislation on chemicals, biocides and nanomaterials and keeping on top of developments is one of the biggest challenges facing companies today. The overall objective of the two day training course is to help participants understand what has changed, what is going to change and, through the use of a number of well-chosen examples,  provide some practical advice on how to ensure the compliance of their food contact packaging materials in the European Union and the United States of America.  

The regulatory requirements in Europe can often appear daunting to people new to the field as it is a complex mixture of harmonised legislation and non-harmonised legislation. Much of the time will be spent on explaining the harmonised legislation developed by the European Commission and how it applies to plastic packaging materials. Harmonised legislation is often the preferred option for packaging suppliers because, even though the requirements may be extensive, the legislation applies equally in all of the Member States of the European Union.

Where harmonised legislation doesn’t exist then the national legislation takes precedence and compliance has to be determined for each and every individual country where the packaging material is sold. The obvious example is the packaging materials manufactured from Paper and Board where regulatory requirements have existed in a number of countries including Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and The Netherlands, for a number of decades and were used before the harmonised legislation from the European Commission was published.

There are similarities and there are differences in the requirements that need to be taken into account and these will be explained in some detail. In addition, the Paper and Board Industry has developed its own guideline for those countries which don’t currently have national legislation and we will also explain how this can be used this to demonstrate compliance with the Framework Regulation on food contact materials and articles.

Finally we will look at the legislation on chemicals, biocides and nanomaterials and explain how they impact food contact materials and articles because, in some cases, mandate that the products used have to be included on the label and in others the choice of chemical substances available for use in food contact materials can be limited.

Barry has a wealth of experience in working with food contact materials and is a member of the ETS Food Contact Working Group and represents the European Tissue Industry on a number of Cross Industry Working Groups. He will be joined by Smithers Pira experts Ian Cooper and Alistair Irvine to lead this year’s Introduction to Food Contact Regulations.


Day 1

08.30  Registration and refreshments

09.00  Introduction

09.15  The Framework Regulation and General Philosophy for Food Contact Legislation in the EU

09.50  The Plastics Implementing Measure

11.10  Morning refreshments

11.30  The Plastics Implementing Measure continued

12.40  Lunch

13.40  Morning session continued

14.10  GMP and Compliance Strategies

14.50  Comfort Break

15.00  Colorants, Coatings, Inks and Adhesives

16.00  Afternoon refreshments

16.20  Specific topics in EU Legislation

  • Future Legislation
  • NIAS
  • Recycling
  • Active and intelligent materials and articles
  • Q&A session

17.10  Food Contact Health Scares

17.45  Close of Day 1

17.50  Optional confidential discussions on your food contact issues

18.00  Networking drinks reception

Day 2

08.00  Registration and refreshments

08.30  Nanotechnology

09.00  European National Legislation

09.45  Current and Future Paper Legislation

10.30  Morning Refreshments

10.50  Case Study on Compliance for Multi-Material Multi-Layer Laminates

11.30  EU Summary

11.45  FDA Regulation of Food Contact Materials

12.30  Lunch

13.30  Complying with FDA Regulations - 21 CFR

14.15  The Food Contact Notification Programme

15.05  What the FDA Does Not Regulate

15.45  FDA Summary

16:00  Afternoon refreshments and close of course

Who will benefit

Who should attend:

  • Newcomers to industry looking to quickly gain an understanding of key food contact legislation
  • Anyone needing to refresh their knowledge and gain an understanding of how changes in the regulations will impact their business

Over 100 companies have previously attended this training course including:  

  • Akzo Nobel
  • Alcan Packaging
  • Amcor
  • Bart Spices Ltd
  • Basell
  • Boots Company plc
  • British American Tobacco
  • Campina NL
  • Clariant
  • DSM Engineering Plastics
  • DuPont de Nemours International SA
  • Elopak AS
  • Henkel Limited
  • Hotel Chocolat
  • Iceland Foods
  • Imerys Minerals Limited
  • Innovia Films Limited
  • Kellogg
  • Kraft Foods R & D IncMcCain Foods GB Ltd
  • Metsa Tissue
  • Nestec Ltd
  • Pepsico Foods and Beverages International
  • Philip Morris Products
  • Princes Group Ltd
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Robinson Plastic Packaging
  • Smith & Nephew Extruded Films
  • Solvay
  • Stora Enso
  • Sun Chemical
  • Tesco Stores Limited
  • Tetley Group Limited
  • Tetra Pak International
  • Total Petrochemicals

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Dr Barry Podd, Independent Contributor, UK (formerly Associate Director Global Regulatory Affairs, Kimberly-Clark Europe)

Academic Achievements: Gained a BA (Hons) and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Essex. Post Doctoral Research Fellow for three years at the University of Surrey.

Industrial Experience: Spent 26 years in the Chemical Industry in various positions in Research and Development, Marketing, Sales and the Regulatory Affairs Departments. Barry joined Kimberly Clark in 2005 and was Associate Director Global Regulatory Affairs responsible for regulatory management issues related to chemicals, biocides and food contact around the world until he retired at the beginning of 2013.

Trade Associations: Before he retired, Barry was active in the EDANA and European Tissue Symposium [ETS] Trade Associations. Barry chaired the EDANA Industrial Wipes Group and the EDANA REACH Core Group. He was also a member of the ETS Food Contact Working Group and represented the European Tissue Industry on a number of Cross Industry Working Groups. 

Dr. Alistair Irvine, Manager of Food Contact Testing, Smithers Pira, UK

Alistair manages the Food Contact Testing Business 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 co-ordinating work programmes to ensure that clients’ products meet these requirements.  The group also helps clients register their food contact materials with regulatory authorities such as the FDA.   His expertise spans all the EU countries, USA, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Israel and the South American countries.  He also worked closely with CEPI in the development of the Industry Guideline for Food Contact Paper and Cardboard which was published in 2010.

Alistair graduated with a degree and PhD in Chemistry from Birmingham University. After working for BP and the Department of Health, he joined Smithers Pira in 1994.

Tony Lord, Principal Analytical Chemist, Smithers Pira

Tony Lord is a Principal Consultant at Smithers Pira. His work is concerned with non routine chemical analysis and technical consultancy in support of client investigations, problem solving, bespoke research and litigation. Tony also specialises in the investigation of taint transfer from packaging into foods. He is familiar with EU legislation relevant to food packaging.

Tony has more than 28 years of experience as an analytical chemist with 23 years of experience in the specialised area of migration measurement of substances from packaging into food. He has experience of managing EU and UK government projects such as the EU measurement and testing program “Certified Reference Plastics for Overall Migration Testing” and a Food Standards Agency project “Screening Tests for Visible and Non-Visible Set Off” From printing inks. Other publications include Report EUR 18289 EN, “Migration from Shrink Sleeves”, FSA Report A03048, “Packaging Materials as a Source of Taint”, Taints and Off Flavours in Food, Woodhead Publishing Ltd, “Food and Nutritional Analysis Packaging Materials”, Elsevier Reference Module in Chemistry Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering (20014) and “Non-visible print set off of photoinitiators in food packaging: detection by ambient ionization mass spectrometry”, Food Additives & Contaminants: Part A February 2013. Tony has also managed single and multi client sponsored research projects in Smithers Pira.

Raquel Gonzalez, Principal Analytical Chemist, SMITHERS PIRA, UK

Raquel joined Smithers Pira in 2011 and has over 7 years’ experience in chemical analysis of migration testing. Prior to this, Raquel worked for GSK and LGC where she gained experience in the pharmaceutical and purity testing fields.

Raquel’s work mainly involves non-routine trace organic analysis and investigation work into packaging for the food industry comprising migration testing according to EFSA/FDA regulations and guidelines.

Raquel graduated with a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Valladolid (Spain) and a MSc in Analytical Chemistry from Kingston University (London).