Date and venue

18-19 September 2024

AESAN-CNA Majadahonda Campus, Carretera de Majadahonda-Pozuelo, Majadahonda (Spain)

Working language: English

Programme overview

As part of its consumer health protection role, the EDQM helps ensure the safety of FCMs in Europe, providing the Secretariat for the European Committee for Food Contact Materials and Articles (CD-P-MCA). The CD-P-MCA has issued numerous resolutions related to the safety and quality of food contact materials, and technical guides for business operators along the supply chain, inspectors and regulators.

This symposium will provide updates on European regulations and recommendations that apply to food packaging, appliances and utensils on the market, as well as national perspectives on best practices related to product safety and testing for compliance.

It will provide an opportunity to learn about how national and European institutions work together, the complementarity of regulations and recommendations, relevant publications in the area and the role of the EDQM as Secretary of intergovernmental committees such as the CD-P-MCA.

Key topics covered in the programme include:

  • an overview of the work, guiding principles and achievements of the CD-P-MCA;
  • an update on the harmonisation of rules for FCMs in Europe;
  • essential updates on release testing, compliance and enforcement activities;
  • presentation of the prospects for innovative safe and sustainable materials, together with related challenges;
  • different views from industry associations, health ministries, authorities and consumers.

The programme includes THREE parallel workshops which will allow in-person participants to ‘deep-dive’ into a topic and provide them with an opportunity to raise questions and share their experiences.

WORKSHOP 1: Compliance

WORKSHOP 2: Paper & Board

WORKSHOP 3: Metals & Alloys

Draft guidance on compliance documentation

Scope and practical application, questions, proposals

Technical guide on paper and board for food contact, 1st edition, EDQM

Scope and practical application, questions, proposals

Technical guide on metals and alloys for food contact, 2nd edition, EDQM

New sections added, scope and practical application, updates, questions, proposals

Unique opportunity to visit the AESAN-CNA Laboratory

This symposium is hosted by the Centro Nacional de Alimentación (CNA) laboratory, which belongs to the Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN) and this year is celebrating its 50th anniversary. For this occasion, all participants are invited to visit this laboratory during the symposium, where guided tours will be given by CNA staff and participants will have the opportunity to step inside their state-of-the-art facilities to learn more about the National Reference Laboratory for Food Contact Materials and other reference areas in the food safety domain.

The symposium will be a unique opportunity to meet and interact with experts who have practical experience and knowledge in the field of FCMs. The presentations will be followed by several Q&A sessions.

Who should attend?

Professionals in the FCM industry and product control, official control laboratories, European and national authorities as well as national policy makers.

REGISTER TODAY - Stay on top of what is happening in this field, meet and network with representatives from key European authorities and industries.


In-person participation is free of charge (subject to registration and availability) for staff from national competent authorities, European authorities (e.g. EC, EC-JRC, EFSA) and representatives from official control laboratories.

The registration fee for in-person attendees from the private sector is 400 Euros per delegate. This fee includes all the documentation and lunch, refreshments and a social gathering on the first meeting day. It does not include accommodation and travel expenses.

Deadline for registrations: 8 September.


About Agencia Española de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutrición (AESAN)

The Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (or AESAN) is a regulatory agency that is part of the Spanish Ministry of Social Rights, Consumer Affairs and 2030 Agenda. The Centro Nacional de Alimentación (National Centre for Food, CNA) belongs to the AESAN and provides technical and scientific support and laboratory testing for the detection of chemical and biological contaminants, acting as a national reference laboratory in the fields where it has been designated according to the law.

Further information is available HERE.



The symposium will take place in the main conference room in Building 51 “Aula” on the AESAN-CNA Majadahonda campus, situated 27 km from Madrid city centre.

Bus transfer: AESAN will provide a bus transfer service from the city centre (Atocha area) to and from the venue. Participants who wish to use this service must indicate this in the online registration form before 8 September. Participants will receive an email with all the information regarding pick-up points and times.

Public transport: There is also public transport available (train, bus).


Places are limited, so sign up today!


If you have any queries or experience any difficulties registering online, please email us via the EDQM HelpDesk. Before registering, please read the: Terms of Supply for EDQM Events.


The hotels listed are within easy access to the venue and public transportation, and some offer promotion booking codes.

Majadahonda (in the vicinity of the venue)

Hotel Majadahonda

Madrid City Centre (in the Atocha area)
Important: Bus transfer to and from the venue will be arranged for participants staying in this area.


Hotel Agumar

Hotel NH Madrid Atocha

Hotel Mediodia

Further information will be sent to all registered participants.


If you have any queries about registering or require further information, please contact the EDQM's Events Section via the EDQM HelpDesk.