One of the Food Contact Center goals is the growth of activities at an international level.

The Center has established an important collaboration with the Department of Packaging and Materials Technology, Faculty of Agro-Industry, Kasetsart University of Bangkok Thailand.

In 2017, Dr. Vitulli held a “Compliance testing on Food Contact Materials and Laboratory Management” workshop, organized by the University of Bangkok.

During the collaboration, a Thai researcher was hosted at the Pistoia office for six months in 2019 and Dr. Vitulli gave a speech in the workshop “Seminar and Panel Discussion Program on Food Contact Materials Testing and Consulting Services” – Situation in Thailand organized by the Department of Packaging and Materials Technology, Kasetsart University, on September 20, 2019.

During this period a challenge-test protocol study on R-PET is being carried out, in collaboration with the Faculty of Agro-Industry, Kasetsart University.

In 2019, Dr. Marinella Vitulli joined the “ArabPlast 2019”, the International Fair of plastics, petrochemicals, packaging and rubber, held in Dubai.

For over 28 years ArabPlast has been an exclusive event for industry specialists dedicated to innovations and technologies used all over the world.


The collaboration with AMI international, which deals with the collection of market information and global events for the plastics industry, has allowed the participation of Dr. Vitulli in the fourth edition of the Plastic Regulations conference on 2-4 November 2020, Cologne (Germany).

The conference program provided information on the latest technical developments and the latest trends in the plastics market. Companies and bodies interested in the sector were able to discuss the news regarding regulations and regulations relating to the sector to ensure the continuation of activities in safety.

Dr. Vitulli focused her presentation on the sustainability and safety of plastics. Considering that in sustainable materials we can find unintentionally added substances (NIAS) in the production process, companies, laboratories and researchers must focus attention on valid test methods to confirm their safety. For this reason, the implementation of the databases used for NIAS tests is essential.

On 23-24 February 2021 the Food Contact Center was part of one of the first meetings of the technical commission that joined the online workshop “Best practice to identify and quantify unknown migrant substances from materials in contact with food”, organized by ILSI Europe (Life Science Institute).

Food Contact Center joined the expert group as the only Italian laboratory.