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Open courseware on responsible food packaging

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Training session: Recycling Food Packaging: Technologies, Safety and Quality for Food Contact and the New Plastics Recycling Regulation
7th and 8th March 2023 - Porto (Portugal) or online
Organised by the FitNESS 2.0 project

Find here the presentations of the seminar and download it

Introduction to the FitNESS Project

  1. Introduction to the FitNESS Project and Platform - ACTIA, Gemma Cornuau

  2. Overview of new features/modules in FitNESS 2.0 - Agroparistech,

Steward Ouadi & Olivier Vitrac

Regulatory Overview and Recent Changes

  1. Environmental and human health impacts of packaging: towards more recycling - Institut Agro Dijon, Thomas Karbowiak

  2. Shifting approaches: Recent, ongoing, and future changes to FCM-related policy in Europe - Food Packaging Forum, Justin Boucher

Industry Technical Updates and Perspective

  1. Glass packaging – BAGlass, Nuno Vieira

  2. Metal packaging – Colep Packaging, Raquel Miranda

  3. Paper and board packaging - PPI, Igor Karlovits

  • Developments in de-inking, sorting, etc.

   4. Plastics recycling overview of processes (mechanical, dissolution and chemical)

Safety and Quality Food Contact Processes

  1. Design for Circularity and Safety Aspects of Recycled Plastic Packaging - Fraunhofer Institute, H-C Langowski

  2. Safety Assessment of Circular PET Packaging - Fraunhofer Institute, Diana Kemmer

  3. Safety of recycled paper and board materials - UCP, Fátima Poças

Overview of the new plastics Recycling Regulation and stakeholder dialogue
Plastics Europe, Michel Cassart
UCP, Fátima Poças
Fraunhofer Institute, Diana Kemmer
Zero Waste Europe, Dorota Napierska
Styrenics Circular Solutions, Jens Kathmann

2nd webinar: Ensuring packaging practitioners are fit for the future: Recent scientific and policy developments on plastic food packaging
9 February 2023 - 10:30 - 12:00 (CET time) - online
Organised by the FitNESS 2.0 project

For no other packaging material type are changes happening faster than for plastics. The European Union introduced a restriction on single-use plastic items and revised its plastics recycling regulation, individual countries are passing additional requirements, and negotiations for a new UN plastics treaty with potentially very wide-ranging impacts have started. Scientific research to ensure the safety of new and recycled packaging materials has also advanced. Join us for a webinar that will put these developments into perspective and share how the free training materials being developed by the FitNESS 2.0 project will help packaging current and future practitioners stay on top of the changes.


  1. Introduction to the FitNESS 2.0 project (Gemma Cornuau, Actia)

  2. Global policy initiatives on plastics: EU single-use plastics directive and the UN plastics treaty (Joan-Marc Simon, Zero Waste Europe)

  3. Evolution and impact of the new EU Regulation 2022/1616 on recycled plastics and industrial practices (Jean-Mario Julien, LNE)

  4. Safety Issues for New and recycled Packaging Materials (Olivier Vitrac, AgroParisTech/INRAE)

  5. Presentation of the FitNESS platform (Thomas Karbowiak, Institut Agro Dijon)

  6. Exchange with participants

You can download the presentations by clicking on the titles.

1st webinar: Safe and sustainable food packaging

The contribution of a free platform Fitness 2.0 for life-long training of responsible professionals all along the value chain

28 June 2022 - online
Organised by the FitNESS 2.0 project

The European Green Deal and the new circular economy action plan are game-changers for food production and retailing. The food and drink industry is the largest manufacturing industry in the EU (EU Food Drink Industry Data and Trends 2019) and, therefore, a top contributor to Europe´s economy. Despite these bright results, the sector faces numerous challenges associated with insufficient preparedness and the lack of harmonized regulations and standards. Education programs should be reshaped to accelerate the transition to sustainable production and stimulate innovation, especially in new recovery infrastructures, open and closed-loop recycling, composting, biodegradability, food quality preservation, food loss minimization, supply chain optimization, new materials, new processing, and packaging strategies.

The free and interactive online content developed during the Erasmus+ project FitNESS offers a comprehensive curriculum on the conventional aspects of food packaging. The open-source platform FitNESS is the largest e-learning platform on food packaging globally (3 months of lectures are online). It is accessible without authentication, and anyone can duplicate it.


The ambition of the new FitNESS 2.0 project is to reach a broader audience in the food packaging value chain, from the chemical industry to recyclers, and to offer certified courses validated by online tests. In our experience, the non-centralized architecture of the FitNESS platform shared between universities and technical laboratories contributes to accelerating the digital transformation of education and training systems in the EU by (i) bridging education, research, and innovation, (ii) creating a global community on a particular topic instead of disciplines, (iii) offering new training paths for current and future professionals.


  1. Food packaging: from past to new challenges, a rapid evolution (Prof. Horst-Christian Langowski – Fraunhofer IVV, Germany)

  2. The FitNESS platform and its ongoing evolution (Dr. Olivier Vitrac, Eng. Steward Ouadi – AgroParisTech, INRAE, France)

  3. Use of the FitNESS platform in the context of food engineering programs (Prof. Fátima Poças – UCP, Portugal)

  4. Exchange with participants

You can download the presentations by clicking on the titles.

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