Joan Sylvain Baughan

Joan Sylvain Baughan: Attorney with Keller and Heckman LLP
  • Partner at Keller and Heckman LLP (107 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. She assists clients in establishing regulatory compliance for their products globally, performs compliance audits and training seminars, and represents companies and trade associations before U.S. agencies and their international counterparts.

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, cosmetics, and medicinal products under European Union and Member State legislation.

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, and has written chapters-such as “Regulation of Nanotechnology in Food-Contact Applications in the United States and in Canada,” and “U.S. Legislation on Food-Contact Materials,”-for other publications. Ms. Baughan also has written about drug packaging, including an article titled, “The Latest on Drug Master Files for Packaging Materials in the United States-and a Little History,” for Packaging Digest.

Ms. Baughan has a scientific background in microbiology and medical technology.


•Nov 07, 2018 Keller and Heckman Partner Joan Sylvain Baughan Authors Food Packaging Chapter for Elsevier Reference Module
•Sep 25, 2018 International Conference: Food Contact Compliance
•Jul 11, 2018 Joan Baughan Will Present Nanotechnology in Food Packaging: Regulations in the United States, Canada and the European Union
•May 09, 2018 Joan Baughan to Present Customer Assurance in the United States
•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


•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


•Nov 07, 2018 Keller and Heckman Partner Joan Sylvain Baughan Authors Food Packaging Chapter for Elsevier Reference Module
•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

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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