(01/07/2022 / sbr)

Paper & Board for Food Contact: Product Trends & New Regulations in Germany and Europe

On 02nd and 03rd March, the PTS Conference “Paper & Board for Food Contact” will give an overview of new regulations and trends for fibre-based food packaging with an interesting program, recognized experts and speakers. The conference will start with a keynote regarding current trends in fibre-based food packaging of the company pacoon and their CEOs Peter Désilets and Volker Muche. Based on current trends, the first session “Regulatory Trends” will provide answers and an overview of new regulations.

The German Printing Ink Regulation was finally adopted at the end of 2021. What future impact does this have on Paper & Board Food Contact Materials? This topic is one of many presented by Katharina Adler from Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) [Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft (BMEL)] as well as Matthias Henker representing the European Printing Ink Association EUPIA.

Does the Council of Europe Resolution on Paper and Board (2021) fill the gap of missing EU legislation? Christa Hametner from AGES; the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety [Österreichische Agentur für Gesundheit und Ernährungssicherheit GmbH] will give an overview in detail.

What influence does the European Single Use Plastics Directive and German Regulations have on paper and board product developments? Regulatory background and Challenges will be introduced by Nina Tavakkoli from Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) [Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit (BMU)] whereas Martina Lindner and Frank Welle (Fraunhofer-Institut für Verfahrenstechnik und Verpackung IVV) will talk about applications of (bioabased) barriers for food packaging in the session “Converting”.

Beside Germany the conference intends to watch other states and the functioning of existing FCM rules. Insights into French FCM legislation for paper and board will be presented by Mathieux Schelcher, Centre Technique du Papier (CTP).

Microplastics, Chloropropanoles, Adhesives, Biozides - which substances do we have to deal with? These topics will be covered in the session “Substances and Analytics” by Dieter Fischer (Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e. V.), Robin Korte (Chemisches und Veterinäruntersuchungsamt Münsterland-Emscher-Lippe CVUA-MEL), Martin Lommatzsch (Labor Lommatzsch/Säger), FEICA - The Association of the European Adhesive & Sealant Industry and Dominik Stumm, Wöllner.

In the session “Microbiology Topics” viruses and bacteria will be in focus of the speakers. Justus Hermannsdörfer (Nanoinitiative Bayern GmbH) will talk about Antimicrobial and Antiviral surfaces and its relevance for FCM, whereas Elisa Mayrhofer (OFI Technologie & Innovation GmbH) knows how to make sense of bacteria for bioassays.

Beside this mentioned speakers and experts more interesting topics and speakers are available in the conference program. The PTS Team is looking forward to an international audience, repeating the successful combination of English as conference language and implementation as an online event. The event is aimed at participants, who are working as R&D Manager, production managers, QM representatives, regulatory affairs manager, buyers, sales representatives, or engineers.

On the day before the conference, PTS offers the workshop “Introduction to compliance work and quality assurance for paper and board in contact with food (FCM)” (01. March 2022) providing the fundamental Know-How for working in daily routine with the topics of food compliance. By individual and team working practices the participants learn how to calculate the worst case migration into foodstuff on the base of analytical results and how to prepare the necessary analytical inspection scope for a food safety declaration.

PTS Conference „Paper & Board for Food Contact“