Rachida Semail: Lawyer with Keller and Heckman LLP

Rachida Semail

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.
Phone32 (0) 2 645 5094

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Practice Areas

  • Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR)
  • Biotechnology
  • Food & Drug
  • International Regulatory Affairs
  • Nanotechnology Strategy
  • Regulation and Defense
  • Product Safety
  • Tobacco and Electronic Cigarettes
Law SchoolUniversité des Sciences Sociales de Toulouse, J.D., 1992
Admitted1994, Paris

Rachida Semail joined Keller and Heckman in 1999. She is a Partner in the Brussels, Belgium office, affiliated with the Paris bar (France).

Ms. Semail assists clients with food packaging matters, particularly with the establishment of suitable EU status for articles and materials intended for food contact. Ms. Semail has extensive experience on subject matters not harmonized at the EU level, as is the case in much of the food contact sector, where mutual recognition is of paramount importance. Ms. Semail also has extensive expertise on matters of food law, including in the area of enzymes, flavorings, and food additive clearances, of particular relevance to active packaging. Ms. Semail has also advised clients on product recall and other related issues. She regularly assists clients on clearance, compliance and packaging issues relating to cosmetics, drugs and medical devices.

Prior to joining Keller and Heckman, Ms. Semail worked for a French law firm specializing in EU and French food law. She was an intern with the legal service of the European Commission in Brussels.


Sep 23, 2015 Keller and Heckman Attorneys and Scientist to Speak at International Food Contact Compliance Conference
May 19, 2015 Global Food Contact 2015 Conference
Dec 11, 2013 Rachida Semail to Speak at Food Ingredients - Europe's Packaging Day
Dec 10, 2013 Joan Sylvain Baughan, Rachida Semail and Luigi Rossi to Speak at the Pira Plastics and Paper in Contact with Foodstuffs Conference
Dec 05, 2013 Rachida Semail and Luigi Rossi to Present at MCAS: Materiaux pour Contact Alimentaire et Sante
Nov 28, 2013 Rachida Semail to Speak at LAMY Formation Food Contact Training
Nov 04, 2013 Joan Sylvain Baughan and Rachida Semail to Speak at the Plastics Caps and Closures Conference


Sep 24, 2014 Keller and Heckman Attorneys and Scientist to Speak at the Food Contact Compliance Conference
Jun 03, 2014 Rachida Semail to Speak at ELIPSO's Food Contact Day
Sep 11, 2012 Registration is Closed: The New EU Biocidal Product Regulation (BPR) Changes the Regulatory Landscape Webinar - September 11, 2012
Mar 14, 2012 Registration is Closed : 14-15 March 2012 - Keller and Heckman LLP's Food Packaging Law Seminar, Brussels, Belgium
May 19, 2011 Keller and Heckman LLP's Brussels Office Presents: Conference on the New EU Regulation on Food Contact Plastics
Mar 08, 2011 Register Today for Keller and Heckman LLP's Food Packaging Law Seminar - Brussels, Belgium
Feb 28, 2011 Register Today: The EU Plastics Implementing Measure is Now Adopted: Its Changes and Challenges Webinar


Aug 13, 2014 First Report for Denmark Nano Product Register is due August 30th, 2015
Apr 14, 2011 Packaging Law Alert: China Publishes Procedure for Clearing New Food-Contact Substances
Dec 07, 2010 Keller and Heckman Provides Comments on European Commission's Proposed Definition of Nanotechnology
Aug 06, 2010 Nanotechnology Defined
Dec 08, 2009 Newly Adopted EU Cosmetics Regulation Establishes Certain Requirements for Nanomaterials
Jul 26, 2006 The Revised EU General Product Safety Directive ( GPSD ) and the EU Product Liability Directive: Considerations for Global Consumer Product Manufacturers
Feb 05, 2004 Judgments of the European Court of Justice in cases C-24/00 and C-95/01 (Resident, Brussels, Belgium Office)

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Rachida Semail

Suite 500 West, 1001 G Street, N.W.
WashingtonDC 20001


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