Rachida Semail

Rachida Semail: Attorney with Keller and Heckman LLP


Rachida Semail 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. She 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’s food law expertise includes enzymes, flavorings, and food additive clearances, of particular relevance to active packaging. She has also advised clients on product recalls and other related issues. In addition, 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.


•Aug 17, 2016 FDA Issues Final GRAS Rule; Formally Adopts Voluntary Notification Process
•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


•Dec 13, 2017 Rachida Semail to Present Evolutions reglementaires mondiales de l'annee 2017
•Dec 04, 2017 Jeff Keithline and Rachida Semail to Present at Plastics and Paper in Contact with Foodstuffs
•Nov 13, 2017 Rachida Semail Will Present Focus on Ongoing Developments at the Japan Hygienic PVC Association (JHPA) International Seminar on Food-Contact Materials 2017
•Aug 18, 2017 International Conference: Food Contact Compliance
•May 12, 2017 Keller and Heckman LLP Announces Publication of The Use of Nanomaterials in Food Contact Materials: Design, Applications, Safety
•Mar 28, 2017 Rachida Semail to Present Legal responsibilities in the food packaging supply chain at the Xeikon Cafe conference
•Dec 08, 2016 Plastics and Paper in Contact with Foodstuffs 2016


•Oct 25, 2016 Webinar: Brexit from the Perspective of Business Operators in the Food Contact Field
•Oct 14, 2015 Training sessions in our Keller and Heckman Paris office
•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

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR)
  • Biotechnology
  • Food & Drug
  • International Regulatory Affairs
  • Nanotechnology Strategy, Regulation and Defense
  • Product Safety
  • Tobacco and E-Vapor

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
+32 (0) 2 645 5094  Phone
+32 (0) 2 645 5050  Fax
Law School Attended:
Université des Sciences Sociales de Toulouse, J.D., 1992
Year of First admission:
1994, Paris. (Not admitted in Belgium)


•American Bar Association

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