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Food contact materials are materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs, including packaging, cutlery, dishes, processing machines and containers. They should not transfer their components into foodstuffs in unacceptable quantities. To protect consumer and avoid contamination of foodstuffs, migration limits have been established for plastic materials.
Recent reports have concluded that migration of plasticisers often exceeds the specified limits. Training has been identified as a key tool for improving the effectiveness of official controls verifying compliance with these limits.
Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 and its implementing measures require manufacturers to provide declarations of compliance with migration limits along with supporting documentation. This documentation must be checked by official inspectors for which appropriate training is necessary.

How many events are taking place?

Six workshops are to be held, of which, four are three-day workshops, and two are four-day workshops.

Who is the training aimed at?

The three-day workshops are for both staff of competent authorities responsible for setting up control plans, and inspectors of food and food contact materials premises. The four-day workshops are aimed at laboratory personnel responsible for chemical analysis. Participants should mainly come from EU Member States and candidate countries. Each workshop caters for about 40 participants.

What activities are planned?

For workshops intended for competent authority staff responsible for setting up control plans, and inspectors of food and food contact materials premises:

  • Each day consists of presentations and a range of topics followed by discussion sessions, and in some cases, plenary exercises.
For workshops aimed at laboratory personnel responsible for chemical analysis:
  • The first morning is taken up by plenary sessions on EU regulations and networks.
  • The next three days are spent in parallel sessions on a range of subjects, some of which involve practical exercises.
  • A final plenary session is held on the fourth day for exchange of information and discussion of required further actions.

What topics are covered?

  • EU provisions on food contact materials;
  • Setting up of national control plans on food contact materials based on a control campaign on migration of plasticisers;
  • Analysis of plasticisers;
  • Inspection of declarations of compliance and supporting documentation;
  • Inspections of food contact materials premises.

When and where are the events taking place?

All workshops are held at Groningen (Netherlands).

The workshops for competent authority staff responsible for setting up control plans and inspectors of food and food contact materials premises take place on:

  • 18-20 June;
  • 9-11 July;
  • 10-12 September;
  • 9-11 October.
The workshops for laboratory personnel responsible for chemical analysis take place on:
  • 27-30 August;
  • 18-21 September.

How do I participate?

Anyone interested in taking part in training should contact their relevant national competent authority. The national competent authority proposes participants to the Better Training for Safer Food National Contact Point, who sends the list of participants to the contractor. The contractor submits the list to the Commission for approval. The list of Better Training for Safer Food National Contact Points can be found at: http://ec.europa.eu/food/training/ms_contact_points.pdf

Who has been awarded the contract for arranging the workshops?

The European Training Platform for Safer Food (TrainSaferFood)

Further information on training can be found at: http://www.trainsaferfood.eu/index.php

 
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