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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 Government Affairs Subcommittee is compiling recommendations for U.S. FDA to update and strengthen the Food Contact Notification (FCN) program through revisions to implementing guidance, enhanced communication among FCN reviewers and notifiers, and knowledge exchange on packaging materials innovations.

    The International Subcommittee promotes the development of science-based regulations for food-contact materials that are aligned across global jurisdictions. The Subcommittee currently has work groups participating in regulatory consultations in China, India, Japan, and MERCOSUR.

    FDCPMC Highlights 2018

  • Publications and Event Proceedings

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

    FDCPMC Committee Members

    Chair: Covestro LLC
    Vice Chair: PolyQuest

    Executive Board Members

    BASF Corporation
    Colortech Inc.
    Covestro LLC
    Dart Container
    Graham Packaging
    LyondellBasell Industries
    Milliken & Co.
    Royce Associates
    Sabic Innovative Plastics
    Sealed Air Corp
    Teknor Apex Co.

    Material/Resin Suppliers:

    A. Schulman
    Akzo Nobel
    Alac International
    Alcoa Corporation
    Americas Styrenics LLC
    The Chemours Company, LLC
    Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
    DaniMer Scientific
    Daikin America, Inc.
    Eastman Chemical Co.
    Ecolab, Inc.
    ExxonMobil Chemical Company
    Geo-Tech Polymers
    INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA
    Kureha America Inc.
    LyondellBasell Industries
    Nalco Company
    NatureWorks LLC
    NOVA Chemicals
    Sabic Innovative Plastics
    Teknor Apex
    Watson Standard
    Westlake Chemical

    Color/Additive Suppliers

    Chroma Corporation
    Holland Colours Americas, Inc.
    Milliken & Co.
    O’Neil Color
    Penn Color
    Royce Associates
    Techmer PM

    Packaging Converters and Users:

    Bemis Company
    Berry Global
    Bway Corporation
    The Clorox Company
    The Coca-Cola Company
    Dart/Solo Cup
    Graham Packaging 
    Intralox LLC
    Jarden Home Brands
    Klockner Pentaplast
    Mitsubishi Polyester Film, Inc.
    Pactiv Corp.
    Plastic Ingenuity
    Printpack Inc.
    SC Johnson
    Sealed Air Corp.
    Silgan Containers

    Service Providers:

    Eric F. Greenberg, P.C.
    OFW Law
    REACH 24H USA Inc.
    Steptoe & Johnson LLP
    The Catcher Consulting LLC

    FDCPMC Subcommittees

    Technical Subcommittees

    • Project Passport
    • GFSI Work Group
    • Government Affairs Subcommittee
      Canada Work Group
    • International Subcommittee
      China Work Group (special dues assessment)
      India Work Group
      South America Work Group
    • Medical and Personal Care Products Subcommittee
    • Program Subcommittee