Turkey’s REACH-like chemical regulations, known as KKDIK, have been published and will go into force before the end of the year.

KKDIK deadlines

According to ChemSafetyPro, the regulations will take effect on December 23, 2017. The new regulations have been known as “Turkey REACH.: The official name, KKDIK, is an acronym for “Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals” in Turkish.
Under KKDIK, substances manufactured in Turkey or imported into Turkey in quantities of at least one metric tonne per year will have to be registered. December 31 of 2023 is the deadline for registration of substances already on the market at that time. December 31 of 2020 will be the deadline for preregistration.

REACH had a series of deadlines based on the volume of substances used. This brought the largest companies with the highest volumes of substances imported or manufactured in first, followed by smaller companies, with the largest number of companies, many of them SMEs, working to meet the REACH 2018 deadline. KKDIK has the same deadline for all quantities of substances. Larger and smaller companies will need to meet the same deadlines.

KKDIK will replace the following chemical regulations regimes in Turkey:

  • Inventory and Control of Chemicals
  • Preparation and Distribution of Safety Datasheets for Hazardous Materials and Products
  • Restrictions Relating to the Production, Supply to the Market and Use of Certain Hazardous Materials, Products and Goods

As under REACH, preregistered substances will be able to continue to enter the Turkish market while they work on their dossiers.

REACH and KKDIK data-sharing

The Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanization published the new regulations on June, 23, 2017. REACH Global Services describes KKDIK as “almost a copy-paste” of the EU REACH regulations.

There is some concern, however, that a shortage of qualified translators and Certified Risk Assessors could slow down the compliance process for companies outside of Turkey. All documentation must be submitted in Turkish, and Chemical Safety Reports must be signed by a Turkish local Certified Risk Assessor. Safety Data Sheets also must be signed by Turkish experts.

Because of the similarity between REACH and KKDIK, many companies hope to be able to use the same data for KKDIK. However, all data files will have to be translated into Turkish for submission and many documents will require local certification.

There may still be plenty of discussion about how data-sharing can be accomplished. Having all of your REACH data in order and easily accessible will doubtless improve the compliance process for Turkey’s new regulations.

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