For more information, contact:

Kyra Douglas
Senior Director, Global Regulatory Affairs
kdouglas@plasticsindustry.org
202.974.5214

All plastic packaging is tested to ensure that it effectively protects both the product it contains and the health and safety of the end user. The regulatory environment that governs plastic packaging used to protect food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics is particularly thorough, and rightfully so. 

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) 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 works to support this regulatory environment, facilitating meetings between officials and members of the industry, and working to harmonize policies to support economic growth and global trade; while ensuring the safety of the world’s food and drug supply.

The FDCPMC brings together company representatives to:

  • Discuss and exchange knowledge on international regulatory developments, compliance and customer assurance. This is done through regular web and teleconferences, e-mail dialogues, as well as semi-annual technical conferences.
  • Work directly with officials at U.S. FDA and counterpart regulatory agencies around the world, that regularly call on the FDCPMC as a primary source of industry expertise and data to support the refinement of global food packaging regulations.
  • Formulate advocacy strategies that promote the use of sound science and good public policy toward fair regulation of packaging and non-packaging components of food, drugs, personal care products, toys and medical devices.
  • Host 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.

 

Current Projects:

The Food Packaging Coalition unites trade associations and companies that represent the full supply chain for food packaging in the U.S. The coalition advocates for effective science-based policy that protects public health and the environment and promotes innovation of packaging technologies to preserve and protect the global food supply. PLASTICS serves as the secretariat for this coalition.

Project Passport is a collection of resources, available free as a service to the industry, that provide companies with a more effective way to communicate product safety and compliance information about packaging raw materials, components and articles moving through the food supply chain.  It creates a recognizable and adaptable system whereby regulatory information can be transmitted to buyers, processors, brand owners and officials. 

The China Work Group assists in developing guidance for industry and recommendations to the Chinese government on food packaging safety standards currently undergoing revision. The work group is also implementing a Memorandum of Understanding signed by PLASTICS and the Chinese Ministry of Health in June 2011 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.

 

Publications and Event Proceedings

PLASTICS members may access all FDCPMC work products and event proceedings and provide contributions to documents under development by contacting Kyra Douglas to request a login for the FDCPMC SmartSheet account.

FDCPMC Committee Members

Chair: Covestro LLC
Vice Chair: Graham Packaging

Executive Board Members

Alcoa Corporation
BASF Corporation
The Coca-Cola Company
Covestro LLC
Dart Container
DuPont
Graham Packaging
LyondellBasell Industries
NOVA Chemicals
PolyOne
PolyQuest
Royce Associates
Sabic Innovative Plastics
Sealed Air Corp
Valspar Corporation

Material/Resin Suppliers:

A. Schulman
Alcoa Corporation
Americas Styrenics LLC
BASF
Braskem
The Chemours Company, LLC
The Dow Chemical Company
DuPont
Eastman Chemical Co.
Ecolab, Inc.
ExxonMobil Chemical
Geo-Tech Polymers
INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA
Kureha America Inc.
LyondellBasell Industries
Nalco Company
NatureWorks LLC
NOVA Chemicals
PolyQuest
Sabic Innovative Plastics
Teknor Apex
Valspar
Watson Standard
Westlake Chemical

Color/Additive Suppliers

Arkema
Chroma Corporation
Colortech
Milliken & Co.
O’Neil Color
Penn Color
PolyOne
Royce Associates
Techmer PM

Packaging Converters and Users:

Amcor
Bemis Company
Bennett Plastics
Berry Plastics
Caucuspack LLC
The Clorox Company
The Coca-Cola Company
Crown
Dart/Solo Cup
Fabri-Kal
Graham Packaging 
Impact Plastics
Jarden Home Brands
Klockner Pentaplast
Mitsubishi Polyester Film, Inc.
Momentive
Nypro
Pactiv Corp.
PepsiCo
Plastic Ingenuity
Printpack Inc.
Reynolds
SC Johnson
Sealed Air Corp.
Silgan Containers

FDCPMC Subcommittees
  • Project Passport
  • Technical Work Group on Packaging Safety
  • Government Affairs Subcommittee
    Canada Work Group
  • International Subcommittee
    China Work Group (special dues assessment)
    India Work Group
    South America Work Group
  • Technical Subcommittee
  • Medical and Personal Care Products Subcommittee
  • Program Subcommittee