Our new newsletter replaces the former FEDES/FPE Monitor and will update readers regularly on the latest developments about food contact legislation and sustainability.

FlexAffairs: Vol.9 (March 2016)
FlexAffairs: Vol.8 (January 2015)
FlexAffairs: Vol.7 (March 2014)
FlexAffairs: Vol.6 (January 2013)
FlexAffairs: Vol.5 (January 2012)
FlexAffairs: Vol.4 (August 2011)
FlexAffairs: Vol.3 (January 2011)
FlexAffairs: Vol.2 (August 2010)
FlexAffairs: Vol.1 (January 2010)

The former FPE/FEDES newsletter "Monitor" is available here:

FPE-FEDES Monitor 01 (Jun 2006)
FPE-FEDES Monitor 02 (Nov 2006)
FPE-FEDES Monitor 03 (May 2007)
FPE-FEDES Monitor 04 (Dec 2007)
FPE-FEDES Monitor 05 (Jun 2008)
FPE-FEDES Monitor 06 (Nov 2008)

External Conferences



Date Location   Title Organisation URL Notes
21 Feb-18 Online Webinar Beginner's Guide to EU Food Contact Legislation Smithers Pira Web Link Free
27-28 Feb-18 Valencia Spain okPlast - II Plastics and Legislation Forum Aimplas Web Link  
28-Feb - 1-Mar-18 Gatwick United Kingdom Food Contact Training Smithers Pira Web Link  
6-7 Mar-18 Brussels Belgium Food Packaging Law Seminar Keller & Heckman Web Link  
14-15 Mar-18 Cologne Germany Plastics Regulations 2018 AMI Web Link  
28-29 Mar-18 Munich Germany NIAS and Mineral Oils in FCM:  Regulatory and Analytical Affairs Packaging Meeting Web Link  
12-13 Apr-18 Dusseldorf Germany FPE Technical Committee FPE    
19-20 Apr-18 Brussels Belgium Food Contact Plastics Seminar  EuPC Web Link  
22-25 Apr-18 Charlotte, NC USA International Flexible Packaging and Extrusion Division Conference TAPPI Web Link  
7-8 May-18 Brussels Belgium Food Contact Regulations Europe Chemical Watch Web Link Note change of date
9-11 May-18 Bethesda, MD USA Global Food Contact 2018 Smithers Pira Web Link  
20-21 Jun-18 Cologne Germany Residues of Food Contact Materials in Food Fresenius Web Link  
21-22 Jun-18 Naples Italy Summer Conference/ General Assembly FPE    
11-12 Sep-18 Berlin Germany 6th European Stand-up Pouch Conference Innoform Web Link  
18-19 Sep-18 TBC   Food Contact Training Smithers Pira Web Link  
25-27 Sep-18 Baveno Italy Food Contact Compliance Packaging Meeting Web Link  
18-19 Oct-18 Barcelona Spain FPE Technical Committee FPE   Date and place to be confirmed.
23-Nov-18 Barcelona Spain Conference FPE    

PIRA Plastics and Paper in Contact with Foodstuffs 2014

PIRA Plastics and Paper in Contact with Foodstuffs 2014 (35MB):

  • Nick Kernoghan of PIRA – European regulatory update
  • Dr Eric Barthelemy of EFSA – Developing new EFSA guidance for the safety assessment of food contact materials
  • Dr Sebastian Gierisch of Huber – Current developments in food contact regulation of inks
  • John Dixon of FPE – Best practice for the use of multi-material multi-layer materials in food contact packaging
  • Eva Manova of Food Packaging Forum – A scientific review of the TTC    •    
  • Joan Sylvain Baughan of Keller & Heckman – Food Contact Regulatory Developments in the USA, mainly about infant formula
  • Dr Mitchell Cheeseman of Steptoe & Johnson, presented by Dr Barry Podd – Application of the Basic Resin Doctrine in the 21st Century
  • Luigi Rossi of Keller & Heckman – Different regulatory approaches of EU, USA, Japan and China
  • Kevin Kenny of Decernis – Food contact regulations in the Middle East
  • Dr Koen Weel of TNO – Dutch draft guidance on risk assessment of NIAS
  • Dr Beate Brauer of the Chemische und Veterinäruntersuchungsamt Münsterland – Emscher – Lippe – The  German Enforcement perspective - case studies from working in enforcement
  • Dr Elly Spies of Friesland Campina – Declarations of Compliance from a food industry perspective
  • Paul Earnshaw of Tesco – Implementing safe packaging in a complex world - a retailers view
  • Dr Roland Franz of Fraunhofer IVV – Migration of nanoparticles from food contact plastics - experimental data and migration modelling
  • Anna Gergely of Steptoe & Johnson – Latest developments in the regulation of nanomaterials; the definition of nanomaterials and changes in the REACH registration dossiers for the nanoforms of substances registered in their bulk form
  • Sebastien Louvion of Mayer Brown – Impact  of Biocidal Products Regulation on Packaging: Update on Requirements for Treated Articles
  • Dr Alistair Irvine of PIRA – Recent developments in coatings legislation and the role of testing in showing compliance of food contact papers
  • Joan Sylvain Baughan of Keller & Heckman – Specialty papers in contact with food
  • Eugenio Cavallini of CEPI – Update on developing a systemic approach to food safety issues for paper-based packaging

Please note that papers from Smithers Pira conferences are copyright and should not be shared externally. Any replication of material should be clearly referenced to the speaker and the conference. You can find out more about Smithers Pira at and the food contact event website