Food Contact Training US 2019

Food Contact Training US 2019

12th - 13th November 2019



Smithers Food Contact Training US is coming to Chicago, IL this November 12-13, 2019 for a fourth successful year.

This training provides the necessary foundation needed to be successful and stay compliant in the food contact industry, and brings knowledgeable advisors face-to-face with attendees in a specialized, close-knit training course. Organized by Smithers Pira, a worldwide authority on packaging, paper, and print industry supply chains.

The legislation for food contact materials is constantly evolving. For consumer safety, it's critical that every person involved in food packaging and production understands and monitors food packaging regulation requirements, and has the resources and know-how to forecast the industry landscape. 

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

Don't miss out on this opportunity!


2018 Session Highlights Included:

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.


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  |   Manager, Food Contact 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.

2018 Agenda

Take a look at the beneficial content presented in the 2018 agenda.

Day One:

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 PM          Understanding NIAS and their role in EU food contact
12:30 PM          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:

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 PM          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 University Club of Chicago

The University Club of Chicago  |  76 East Monroe Street | Chicago, IL 60603

Room rate:
Monroe Street rooms - $239.00 + 18% surcharge per night
Court (Queen) - $219.00 + 18% surcharge per night
Court (Full size) - $209.00 + 18% surcharge per night

Cut-off date for hotel reservations: October 14, 2019

Book your room online:
To book your room online, click here to be re-directed to the hotel website.
At the top of the page, select 'Group Code' and input code: 6858. Select your dates of arrival and departure and your room choice. Continue the booking process to finalize.

Book your room by phone:
To book by phone call the Club at (312) 726 -2840, ask for Guest Room Reservations and mention you are coming in for the Smithers Food Contact Training. If needed, mention group code 6858.



2019 Training Pricing 

Registration is now open. For assitance with event registration, please contact Starla Ford  +1 (330) 762 7441. 

5/9/19 - 9/20/19 Early Bird Price $999.00
9/21/19 - 11/13/19 Standard Price $1,099.00


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