Rachida Semail

Rachida Semail: 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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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.


•Apr 11, 2019 Rachida Semail to Present Mutual Recognition Principle in Marketing of FCM’s
•Dec 03, 2018 Plastics & Paper in Contact with Foodstuffs Conference
•Nov 14, 2018 Rachida Semail to Present Legislative developments related to FCLs including transparency and mutual recognition
•Sep 25, 2018 International Conference: Food Contact Compliance
•Jun 20, 2018 Rachida Semail Will Present Chinese Food Contact Regulation and Its Requirements for EU Converters
•Apr 24, 2018 Rachida Semail Will Speak at the 2018 Trends in the Field of European Food Packaging Lecture
•Apr 19, 2018 Rachida Semail Will Present Chinese Food-Contact Regulation and its Requirements for EU Converters


•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


•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

(Resident, Brussels, Belgium Office)

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


•American Bar Association


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