Chairman: Pactiv Corporation
SPI Staff Liaison: Kyra M. Mumbauer
The SPI Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Packaging Materials Committee (FDCPMC) is a public policy committee made up of company representatives from all segments of the plastics industry.
The FDCPMC brings together company representatives to:
The Committee hosts a biennial International Symposium on Worldwide Regulation of Food Packaging that brings together global regulators, technical experts and industry leaders for focused and intimate discussion on overcoming regulatory obstacles to global marketing of food packaging materials.
Committee members include:
Current Board Members: See Below
Committee Chair: Pactiv Corporation
Vice Chair: Bayer MaterialScience LLC
Project Passport has as its mission to develop a framework to facilitate the efficient conveyance of relevant information through the food contact supply chain for product compliance assessment. Comprised of representatives from the producers of resin and additives to the owners of major food brands, this work group aims to reduce the inefficiency of product regulatory information conveyance within the food packaging supply chain by developing a set of communication tools and educational offerings.
The China Work Group is implementing a Memorandum of Understanding signed by SPI and the Chinese Ministry of Health in June 2011. The group is currently collaborating with China’s Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment to collect data on the poundage of different resins used in food packaging throughout China. The goal is to ensure that the safety evaluation of food contact substances in China implements toxicological testing requirements that are commensurate with potential dietary exposure to these substances by Chinese consumers.
The Canada Work Group, in collaboration with the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA), has proposed to Health Canada’s Health Products and Food Branch (HPFB) an expedited system for review of food packaging materials whereby substances that have a suitable regulatory status in the U.S. or EU would be eligible to be considered through a notification program. The program would allow many food contact substances to be notified and reviewed by HPFB on an expedited basis if the agency does not object to their use within a set time frame of a company’s notification. SPI and CPIA hope that the proposed notification system would facilitate more efficient introduction of novel packaging technologies into the Canadian marketplace in a timeframe that is more realistic for business.
Kyra M. Mumbauer