Packaging 360 one–day training programme on REACH,ROHS & global food contact materials: Report

Excerpt: Packaging360 had organized a One Day Training Programme on REACH, ROHS & Global Food Safety & Packaging Standards & Regulations, on 24th May 2019 at Holiday Inn, Mumbai.

THE evolving global & FSSAI Food Packaging Regulations will have a far-reaching effect on the F&B industry. Packaging Material Suppliers and Food Business Operators will have to acknowledge the implications of REACH & ROHS & Emerging EU & other emerging food contact materials regulations in different geographies in their packaging solutions, to enter into business in those markets. The programme was of interest to professionals working in the following industries, who are engaged in exports to the EU.

It is against this background that Packaging360 had organized a One Day Training Programme on REACH, ROHS & Global Food Safety & Packaging Standards & Regulations, on 24th May 2019 at Holiday Inn, Mumbai.

The faculty comprised of Dr.R.Rangaprasad, Business Head, Packaging 360 & Ms. Sunanda Kadam, Business Unit Manager, Health, Environmental & Regulatory Services, Intertek.

The objective of the workshop to provide insights into salient aspects of emerging Indian & Global Regulations to ensure safety & sustainability.

The highlight of the Training programme was the participation of over 25+ professionals from leading organizations, including Reliance Industries Ltd, Indian Oil Corporation Limited, ITC Limited, HUL, Essel Propack Ltd, Cosmo Films Ltd, Chiripal Films Ltd, Pidilite Industries Ltd, DIC India Ltd, HuberGroup Ltd, Fine Organics, HINDALCO Ltd, Adeka India Pvt Ltd, Plastiblends India Limited, Garden Vareli, Garware Beststretch Ltd, Avery Dennison, Max Speciality Films India Ltd, Morchem India Pvt Ltd etc.

Dr. Rangaprasad, began the day with an opening presentation on “Emerging Landscape on FCM Standards & Regulations”. He explained the difference between a standard & regulation & went on to elaborate the key trends that went into continuous evolution of FCM Regulations world over. He also briefly alluded to the evolution of the upcoming FSSAI Regulations, which will come into effect from July 2019.

The Key trends summarized by him were:

Future food packaging laws and regulations will be globally driven by the continual need for food safety. Future laws and regulations will be governed by the core trends of:

  • Protecting sensitive populations
  • Establishing novel material guidelines
  • Maintaining an awareness of chemicals of concern, and
  • Encouraging environmentally responsible recycling
  • Ms. Sunanda Kadam gave three presentations during the session.

The first session on REACH covered the following points

Introduction to REACH Understanding an organization's liability under REACH REACH Registration of Substances MSDS, CLP/ GHS requirements Articles and REACH Substances of Very High Concerns (SVHC) Supply chain communication Compliance enforcement Case studies

The session on ROHS Covered the following points

Basics of RoHS Background and content of RoHS Company's responsibility under RoHS International requirements of RoHS such as China RoHS, Material testing methods, review of BOM Homogenous material under RoHS RoHS 1 and 2 Compliance Exemptions under RoHS Case studies Reviewing supplier's declarations

The session on Global FCM covered the following

Food contact regulation in EU EU Framework Regulation for Food Contact EU Plastics Regulation 10/2011 Various materials coming food contact such as plastic, rubber, inks etc. Requirements for polymeric base materials, additives, monomers Migration studies (global migration / specific migration) Selection of test conditions, simulants etc. Analytical methodology, Instrumentation and sample preparation associated with both specific and overall migration Other tests important in accessing food contact materials (e.g. organoleptic and heavy metal tests) how to comply & what to expect in the future and how to stay compliant.

The programme was marked by very high level of interactive engagement between the participants & the faculty involving pointed questions & interesting pointers on various aspects of the subjects covered.

Participants took a quiz at the end of the session to assess their grasp of the various intricacies of REACH, ROHS & FCM Regulations, following which the “ Certificate of Participation” was presented to all the delegates.