On March 18, 2021, from 17:00 to 18:00 CEST, the Food Packaging Forum (FPF) will hold the first webinar within its Spring 2021 series titled “Putting the EU Chemical Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) into action: Challenges and opportunities for Food Contact Materials (FCMs).” This first webinar will set the scene for understanding how the CSS provides opportunities for improving FCMs as well as the challenges that might need to be overcome.

It will feature two presentations from Prof. Terry Collins of Carnegie Mellon University and Prof. Martin Scheringer of ETH Zürich and Masaryk University. Prof. Collins will present on “Safe and Sustainable Chemistry – A history and recommendations for implementing the CSS” and Prof. Scheringer’s talk will address “Hazardous Chemicals – An overview and focus on how the CSS addresses the issue.” The presentations will be followed by an open discussion session with the audience, including the opportunity to ask questions. Registration is free and can be completed on the event’s page.

The European Commission recently launched its Chemical Strategy for Sustainability (CSS), which is part of the EU’s overarching Green Deal action plan. The CSS provides the framework for development in the right direction, but ultimately, its effectiveness will depend on implementation in new or revised EU regulations. The EU food contact materials (FCMs) regulation that is currently being revised will be a first testing ground for putting the CSS into action (FPF reported). Therefore, FPF is holding a webinar series in the Spring of 2021 to discuss what is most important when implementing the CSS into the revised FCM regulation. Diverse issues will be highlighted, and related topics will be discussed by experts in more detail and draw on current scientific knowledge, including green chemistry, hazardous chemicals, endocrine disruption, mixture toxicity, simplifying chemicals, and substituting hazardous chemicals – with a focus on FCMs and the ongoing regulatory revision in Europe.

The dates and topics of the other webinars within the series are shown below, and more information will be announced soon:

  • April 15, 2021 – Using the CSS to address endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and mixtures
  • May 20, 2021 – Responding to hazardous chemicals in plastic FCMs: substitution and simplification
  • June 10, 2021 – Looking forward: simplifying chemicals, improving the regulation of FCMs

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Food Packaging Forum (March 2021). “Putting the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability into action: Setting the scene.”