Understanding the Compliance Requirements for Global Food Contact Materials

Food contact regulations are designed to ensure the safe use of packaging and other materials or surfaces that come into contact with food during production, processing, storage, preparation and serving. These are also known as food contact materials (FCMs).

Global regulatory compliance for FCMs is complex and constantly evolving with important differences between notification and compliance requirements across different geographical regions.

If you are a stakeholder in the food contact materials supply chain (chemicals or packaging sectors, material suppliers or a brand owner), then staying up to date on FCM legislation is key to gaining market access.

Our 7-part complimentary webinar series will provide guidance on:

  • European Guidelines for Materials and Articles Food Contact Testing
  • EU: Materials and Articles Food Contact Testing
  • EU Regulation 10/2011
  • US and Emerging Markets Food Contact Regulations
  • Readiness to enter the Mercosur Market
  • China Food Contact Requirements
  • An Overview of the European Compliance for Material in Contact with Drinking Water



Recorded: Sept 18, 2018

The European testing requirements summarised for a broad range of materials and articles intended to contact foodstuffs. The webinar shall provide an introduction to testing and testing responsibilities in the supply chain, how to comply with food contact regulations and how to provide a declaration of compliance (DoC) for food contact materials and articles.


Recorded: Sept 25, 2018

With Regulation 10/2011, plastic food contact materials are subject to the most detailed food contact legislation available on a harmonized level within the EU. The industry must keep aiming at a moving target, having seen no less than 3 amendments to the Regulation in the first half of 2018, and a number of transitional periods on previous amendments ending in the second half of 2018 and the first half of 2019. This webinar will provide a recap of the basic requirements of the Regulation and an update on recent amendments as well as the status of the transitional periods of previous amendments.


Recorded: October 2, 2018

This webinar will cover US and emerging markets food contact regulations such as South America, Japan, India, and will briefly discuss China.


Recorded: October 17, 2018

The regulations that indicate food contact compliance for inks vary by countries and regions, and do not exist at all for some areas.  It is difficult for regulators to assess the safety of inks, since a large number of technologies are employed and they are complex mixtures.  We will outline best practice review procedures to ensure compliance with the regulations that do exist as well as techniques to assure food safety and no organoleptic impact to foods.


Recorded: November 6, 2018

This webinar will provide an overview of the current regulatory scenario applicable to the different food contact materials and how you can ensure compliance.


Recorded: November 13, 2018

This webinar will discuss product compliance solutions access China market and updates about China national standards on different materials. The topic will cover framework regulations as well as practical assurance strategies.


Recorded January 30, 2019

This webinar will provide a description of the main approval schemes in EU, provide an update on the new legislative development in EU and provide examples of the German KTW and UK WRAS certification system.


Non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) represent a major issue for the food packaging industry. NIAS are chemical compounds that are present in a plastic food contact material (FCM) but have not been added for a technical purpose during production. Potential health risks associated with NIAS should be assessed as a requirement of the European Food Contact Regulation 10/2011 however this can be a challenging process.

This webinar, from our expert David Eaves, Regulatory Consultant, covers key elements of the regulations and the latest thought leadership on suitable approaches to identification and quantification of NIAS, applying the correct procedures to identify unknown substances and what steps should be covered in a toxicology risk assessment in order to assess potential health risk associated with the final material or article in accordance with internationally recognised scientific principles.

Date: Mar 5, 2019 | 10am EST, 3pm GMT, 4pm CET


Food comes into contact with a variety of materials before it is consumed. The materials in contact with food for example can be plastic, rubber, metal, glass, wood, ceramics, coatings, paper and paperboard. The products can include for example: transport containers, machinery, packaging and kitchenware and table ware. This webinar presentation by our expert, David Eaves, Regulatory Consultant, shall provide a road map and responsibilities in the food contact compliance chain in Europe.

Date: April 16, 2019 | 10am EST, 3pm GMT, 4pm CET


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