What is Turk Reach?

In June 2017, the Government of Turkey published in the Official Gazette the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals regulation, also called KKDIK (Turk REACH), which is the Turkish abbreviation of REACH. The Ministry of Environment and Urbanization (MoEU) is the responsible body for enforcement and implementation of KKDIK (Turk REACH).

Turk REACH requires companies importing into or manufacturing in Turkey to register all chemical substances whether pure or in mixture with an annual production or importation volume of more than one ton. The KKDIK (Turk REACH) regulation includes foreign chemical exporters to Turkey as well as Turkish exporters who use chemicals in their formulations and/or products, with some exceptions. KKDIK (Turk REACH) is very similar to the EU REACH regulation, with some differences. For example, KKDIK (Turk REACH) does not separate pre-registration and registration deadlines depending on the classification of the substance or the annual tonnage band and the Chemical Safety Report that is to be submitted during the registration period should be prepared and signed by a local Certified Chemical Safety Expert.

Exporters of chemical products to Turkey can register their products in Turkish through their subsidiary, distributor, or appointed representative (“only representative”) to fulfill KKDIK (Turk REACH) obligations. This regulation came into force in January 2021. It is possible to pre-register chemical substances until February 31, 2020. All chemical substances should be registered by December 2023. After December 31, 2023, chemical substances, both pure and in mixtures or in articles that are equal to, or above, one metric ton per year, cannot be manufactured or placed on the market if they are not registered in accordance with the relevant KKDIK (Turk REACH) provisions.

The Turkish Chemical Manufacturers Association recommend that companies register in theTurk REACH pre-registration phase. Pre-registration will enable the regulators as well as other manufacturers and importers to see the list of companies that will register the same product in the system. Companies that pre-register the same product can contact each other and share the registration fee.

KKDIK applies to all chemical substances on their own or in preparations as well as in articles. However, the regulation does not cover the following substances and mixtures.

Radioactive substances and mixtures;

Goods, mixtures or articles in transit and goods in free-zone for re-export;

Non-isolated intermediates;

Transport of dangerous substances and mixtures by various modes;

Substances manufactured or imported for defense purpose;

Medicinal products;

Veterinary products;

Medical devices;

Cosmetic products;

Food and feeds;


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