About the 2020 Workshop

The 2020 Food Packaging Forum (FPF) Workshop will take place online in a virtual format on October 21-23, 2020, under the theme “Improving the chemical safety of food contact articles: Linking policy-making with scientific research.” Presentations and discussions will be split into three days of 2-hour sessions beginning at 15:00 Central European Summer Time (CEST). The sessions will feature a range of high-profile speakers from different areas of expertise and provide insights into the latest science and policy-making within the field, as well as discussing how these two sides could better interface with one another.

This annual workshop is a one-of-a-kind event in the field to learn about recent developments in science, business, advocacy, and regulation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s workshop will be held in an online format that allows participants from anywhere to follow the speaker presentations, share questions live, and participate in discussions. This Food Packaging Forum event regularly brings together a diverse group of international stakeholders from government, industry, academia, civil society, and beyond to network with one another and share insights. To accommodate participation from across the globe, all of the presentations will also be recorded and made available to watch after the event.


Networking Opportunities

Just as in previous years, networking and open discussion are important aspects of the event. The 2020 workshop will continue to offer opportunities for networking and informal discussion. Using the Whova digital conference platform, the workshop will include small group discussions as well as the ability for participants to schedule and hold private video meetings with one another. All you need is a free Whova account and to set up your personal profile. The event can then be joined either via a web browser or using the Whova mobile app. More information about the Whova platform and how to join the event will be shared with registered participants a few weeks before the workshop.


Workshop Agenda

Wednesday October 21, 2020 – Session 1: "New FCM science and case studies”
15:00Welcome and Introduction
Prof. Dr. Martin Scheringer, Food Packaging Forum Foundation, Switzerland
15:05Improving the chemical safety of food contact articles: Food Packaging Forum's work in 2020
Prof. Dr. Martin Scheringer, Food Packaging Forum Foundation, Switzerland
15:25FCM safety assessment at the German BfR
Dr. Stefan Merkel, Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (BfR), Germany
15:45Recent analysis on the toxicities of bioplastics and plant-based materials
Lisa Zimmermann, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
16:10Hazardous chemicals in recycled plastics
Prof. Dr. Andrew Turner, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom

Thursday October 22, 2020 – Session 2: "Values and policy in FCM science”
15:00Welcome and Introduction
Food Packaging Forum Foundation, Switzerland
15:05Identifying carcinogens: The essential role of independent scientific experts
Dr. Kate Guyton, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), France
15:30Values and transparency in science: A view from the philosophy of science
Prof. Dr. Kevin Elliott, Michigan State University, United States
16:05Lessons learned from CLARITY-BPA
Prof. Dr. Laura Vandenberg, University of Massachusetts Amherst, United States

Friday October 23, 2020 – Session 3: "Advancing scientific research and policy making to improve FCM safety”
15:00Welcome and Introduction
Food Packaging Forum Foundation, Switzerland
15:05Development of a single-use material scorecard
Jonathan Kaplan, Compass Group, United States
15:15The essential use concept: Practical application for phasing out hazardous substances
Prof. Dr. Ian Cousins, Stockholm University, Sweden
15:25State-level action on hazardous chemicals in FCMs in the United States
Lisa Cox, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, United States
15:35Advancing FCM research and risk assessment: A perspective from the European Food Safety Authority
Claudia Roncancio Peña, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Italy
15:45Advancing FCM research and policy-making: A food industry view*
To Be Confirmed
16:05Revising European FCM regulations: Efforts from an NGO coalition
Natacha Cingotti, Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), Belgium

*Final title to be confirmed.


How to Register

Registration can be completed using the form below. It includes participation in all workshop sessions and full access to the online networking and discussion platform. A single registration costs 50 Swiss Francs (equivalent to approximately $52 USD or 47 Euro), and all major international cards are accepted for payment.

All payments are processed securely by our payments provider Stripe. A payment window will open as a pop-up on this page, and a confirmation email of the registration will immediately be sent to you. For any questions regarding registration or other aspects of the workshop, please email events(at)fp-forum.org.


Already registered?

Within two working days after you register on this page, you will receive a second email with information about how to login to and use the virtual workshop platform. You can access it by downloading the Whova app for your phone or logging in to the web application on your computer. For any questions about the online platform, please just send us an email: events(at)fp-forum.org.


Oct 21, 2020 - Oct 23, 2020
15:00 - 17:00


Includes participation in all sessions as well as access to the event's online networking and discussion platform.




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