The two-day conference focused on the assessment and management of food contact plastics materials. Practical tools such as the Matrix Web application, Council of Europe Food Contact Materials Database and FACET were presented to the audience, accompanied by live demonstrations of their usage. Methods in approaching substances whose safety assessment and management are of the self-responsibility of business operators in the supply chain were presented, supported by several case studies.
The European Commission gave insight into upcoming legislative work and how enforcement is done in practice at the Commission. “The industry has launched a strategic revision of the legislative framework and how it may be adapted to take into account the latest scientific developments – especially in the field of exposure assessment – and will engage all stakeholders to come to concrete and shared proposals” said Dario Dainelli, Chairman of the EuPC Food Contact Regulatory Experts Panel (FREP).
The seminar also disclosed the concepts that were developed to make authorizations for the food contact plastics recycling processes, which is expected to be enforced by the end of 2016. The participants were also introduced to the “Compliance Monitoring Summary Sheet”.
Finally, the seminar explored the legislation in export markets, which are growing at the scale of subcontinents such as Mercosur, ASEAN and the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Such growth will necessitate future developments to be monitored but also represents opportunities due to the increased market size.
Commenting at the end of the meeting, Geoffroy Tillieux, Director of the Technical Department at EuPC concluded: “Developing ever safer food contact materials is challenging. We develop tools to support our members and try to contribute to the training of the industry with events like these. Having a sound strategy for regulatory compliance is not only a must, it will also enable to seize opportunities within EU and abroad in more and more demanding markets.”
Speakers: D. Dainelli Cryovac Sealed Air, R. Eisert FCA/PlasticsEurope, E. Hell Starlinger, E. Hendriks FREP, E. Constanza Laurenza FratiniVergano, J.P. Le Breton LINPAC Packaging, M. Neal CPME, H. O’Keeffe Keller and Heckman LLP, B. Schupp EC DG SANTE, M. Syčová EFSA Representative Slovakia, G. Tillieux EuPC, P. Troisfontaines Belgian Institute for Public Health, C. van den Dungen Poly Recycling.
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