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