Do you fulfill the requirements to introduce your food contact materials and products to the market?

This course is designed to provide you with the framework legislation for Food Contact Materials in the EU and the US. We will also introduce the specificities of the US legislation and terms of compliance in a comparative fashion.

The course will cover the EU framework legislation on Food Contact Materials (FCM), specific measures and requirements to fulfill to place your product on the market. In addition to the legal requirements, there will be a presentation of the state-of-the-art norms that help to define compliance where legal standards are insufficient or do not exist. Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) specified for FCM aspects will be introduced.
The US approach for proving compliance with the requirements differs quite a bit from the EU. The different options for proving compliance and the key differences between the EU and US will be outlined.

Topics covered in this online course

  • EU Framework Regulation 1935/2004
  • EU Plastics Regulation 10/2011
  • German BfR recommendations as national state-of-the-art norms
  • Further relevant EU legislation [Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Packaging Waste Directive]
  • US 21 CFR Code requirements
  • Clearance methods [Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS), Food Contact Notifications, Prior Sanction, No Migration Barrier]
  • General Packaging requirements (CONEG = Coalition Of North Eastern Governors)


Here is a summary of what you can expect from this online course.

  • 2 Course Modules

  • Instant access to 1.5 hours of course recordings

  • Summary handouts & additional resources

  • Test your learning with module quizzes

  • Complete the course in approximately 3 hours

  • Completion certificate

  • All for EUR 395 including applicable sales taxes

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course

    • Welcome

    • How to use this course

    • Before we begin ...

    • Introduction to Food Contact Material Requirements in the EU and the US

    • Introduction to Food Contact Material Requirements in the EU and the US - Handout

  • 2

    Module 1: Food Contact Material and Packaging: Requirements in the EU

    • Introduction to Module 1

    • Part 1 - EU Legal Framework for Food Contact Materials

    • Part 2 - EU Food Contact Legislation: Specific Measures

    • Part 3 - Additional National Requirements: The Example of the German BfR Recommendations

    • Part 4 - Testing of the Plastic Materials

    • Part 5 - EU Packaging Directive 94/62/EC

    • Part 6 - Further Requirements

    • Module 1 - Test your knowledge

    • Module 1 Handout

  • 3

    Module 2 - Food Contact Material and Packaging: Requirements in the US

    • Introduction to Module 2

    • Part 1 - Food Packaging: The US Framework

    • Part 2 - Ways of Proving Compliance

    • Part 3 - Various Alternatives for Substance Clearance

    • Part 4 - General Packaging: CONEG

    • Part 5 - EU vs US Similarities and Differences

    • Module 2 - Test your knowledge

    • Module 2 Handout

  • 4

    Congratulations! Here's what's next

    • You're almost done!

    • Before you go

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the main principles of food contact requirements in the EU and the US, and know the relevant texts
  • Apply the correct requirements to your product
  • Analyse and choose the applicable and most suitable clearance options
  • Identify how to establish and evaluate testing parameters

Who should attend this course

This course will be most relevant to:

  • Importers of articles for food contact

  • Manufacturers of food contact materials

  • Manufacturers and companies processing raw materials for food contact materials

How will you benefit from this course

  • Knowledge

    Unlock valuable knowledge to help you meet your FCM requirements.

  • Cost-effective

    Access the course content immediately upon purchase and complete it at your own pace, in the comfort of your office or home.

  • Stay ahead of the curve

    Access the latest regulatory and scientific information delivered by leading experts in the field.


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Senior Regulatory Consultant

Ines Zitterbart

Ines works in the Global Notifications team and completes project work for Product Stewardship. Having extensive work experience in an analytical lab, as well as in the Automotive Industry Ines brings a good understanding of the implementation of legal requirements and standards. Ines is a state certified food chemist with a degree from the Friedrich Wilhelms University of Bonn.