Before food is consumed, it has often been in contact with many different materials and articles, for example with packaging, kitchenware and household goods, food electrical appliances and food and packaging processing lines. Those materials and articles need to be developed and manufactured in a responsible way so that they do not release hazardous substances into the final food. Newly developed sustainable materials are more and more used in food contact materials (FCM) with a limited understanding of their compliance status and safety behavior with regards to migration into the food.
The respective industry needs to comply with food contact legislation and is facing a wide range of challenges – both nationally and internationally. This concerns, for example, restaurants and retailers as well as food, transportation and food contact material industries together with raw material and product developers. Complex, constantly updating legislation must be observed, and implemented in product design rules and in migration and hygienic testing of the product requirements that must be met. Local authorities use more and more sophisticated analytical untargeted screening methods to measure compliance when monitoring products at borders and through market surveillance.
TÜV Rheinland webinars: Key to understanding FCMs
TÜV Rheinland is a leading global provider of recognized FCM regulatory and compliance services and testing in 11 state-of-the-art laboratories worldwide. The company is now offering webinars that address topics and regulations of great importance to food contact materials professionals. With targeted insights, FCM webinars help ensure safety and regulatory compliance. TÜV Rheinland experts explain facts clearly “in the virtual classroom” and answer individual questions from seminar participants.
NEW: Webinars on FCM Compliance for Sustainable Materials / Packaging
In the webinar on March 25, 2021 (10 a.m. and 4 p.m. CET), TÜV Rheinland experts Mr. Marco Scialpi, Dr. Dario Dainelli, Dr. Enrico Miceli and Mr. Nick Cheng will provide a general overview of the current worldwide and European legislation for food contact materials and the certification schemes for sustainable materials and packaging. The experts will guide through the regulatory landscape of applicable legislation related to FCM and also provide an overview into certification schemes on bio-based, compostable and biodegradable materials. Participants will be able to gain an in-depth knowledge of current materials legislation and find solutions to ensure their products are compliant from design to final product manufacturing.
Additional webinar events will be held on the following topics:
- April 29, 2021: Food Contact Material - FCM Recall Cases & Statistics.
- May 27, 2021: Food Contact Material - Overview of New Indian and UAE Food Contact Legislation and route to compliance
- June 24, 2021: Food Contact Material - Overview of Mercosur Food Contact Regulations and route to compliance
All webinars are free of charge and take place in English.
For further information on the webinar and for registration, please visit www.tuv.com/fcm-webinar-series
Further information on TÜV Rheinland’s services for safety of bio-based, compostable and recycled FCMs is available at www.tuv.com/fcm-bio-based-compostable