Joan Sylvain Baughan

Joan Sylvain Baughan: Attorney with Keller and Heckman LLP
  • Partner at Keller and Heckman LLP (109 Attorneys)
  • Suite 500 West, 1001 G Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20001
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Joan Sylvain Baughan practices food and drug law, focusing on U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and comparable international regulation of food contact materials, drugs, cosmetics, and medical devices.

In addition to practicing in the firm's Washington office, Ms. Baughan spent three years counseling foreign and domestic clients from the firm's Brussels, Belgium office. While there, she developed an expertise in the regulation of food packaging materials and medicinal products under European Union and Member State legislation.

Ms. Baughan has a scientific background in microbiology and medical technology. She has served as general counsel for The Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc.'s Food, Drug and Cosmetics Packaging Materials Committee, representing the committee before U.S. agencies and their international counterparts.

Ms. Baughan frequently speaks at international conferences on various FDA and related regulatory topics and is an accomplished writer within the food and drug arena. She was a contributing author and the sole editor of the comprehensive food packaging book “Global Legislation for Food Contact Materials.”


•May 12, 2017 Keller and Heckman LLP Announces Publication of The Use of Nanomaterials in Food Contact Materials: Design, Applications, Safety
•Feb 02, 2017 Joan Sylvain Baughan Featured as a Thought Leader in the February 2017 Edition of Lawyer Monthly
•Dec 08, 2016 Plastics and Paper in Contact with Foodstuffs 2016
•Nov 16, 2016 Food and Drug Team to attend the 6th International Symposium on Food Packaging - Scientific Developments Supporting Safety and Innovation
•Oct 27, 2016 Joan Baughan to Present at SABIT Program
•Aug 10, 2016 Joan Baughan Quoted in Article Good importer status gives route to navigate Korean food safety act
•Jun 15, 2016 Partner Joan Baughan to Attend the FDA-sponsored event International Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulation (ICCR) - Preparation for ICCR-10 Meeting


•Sep 24, 2014 Keller and Heckman Attorneys and Scientist to Speak at the Food Contact Compliance Conference
•Apr 17, 2014 Joan Baughan to Speak at 2014 Flex Pack Tech Tour


•Apr 07, 2017 FDA Extends Deadline Requiring Drug Master Files in Electronic Format
•Nov 01, 2016 The Latest on Drug Master Files for Packaging Materials in the United States-and a Little History
•Aug 17, 2016 FDA Issues Final GRAS Rule; Formally Adopts Voluntary Notification Process
•Nov 01, 2014 Responsibilities of Food Packaging Manufacturers Under the Lacey Act
•Sep 10, 2014 One Size Does Not Fit All: Safety Assessments For Special Types of Food Packages
•May 30, 2012 Update on the Regulation of Nanomaterials in Food Packaging Available
•Apr 14, 2011 Packaging Law Alert: China Publishes Procedure for Clearing New Food-Contact Substances

Areas of Practice (7)

  • California's Proposition 65
  • Food & Drug
  • Health and Safety Compliance Audit
  • International Regulatory Affairs
  • Nanotechnology Strategy
  • Regulation and Defense
  • Trade and Professional Associations

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202.434.4147  Phone
202.434.4646  Fax
University Attended:
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, B.S., 1984; University of Massachusetts at Amherst, B.S.M.T., 1985
Law School Attended:
Catholic University of America, J.D., 1991
Year of First admission:
1991, Massachusetts; 1994, District of Columbia


•American Bar Association
International Bar Association
Editorial Board of Euro Watch

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