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Turkey Extends KKDIK Registration Deadlines: Relief for Industry on the Horizon

As the deadline for registering under KKDIK (Turkey REACH) approaches on December 31, 2023, the Turkish Ministry of Environment, Urbanisation and Climate Change (MoEUCC) has intervened to offer much-needed respite to the sector.

 On December 23, 2023, the MoEUCC updated the KKDIK regulations in response to industry concerns and recognition of the low registration levels. The revised regulations included a flexible schedule for compliance based on tonnage.

Prior to December 31, 2023, KKDIK required registration for every substance manufactured or imported in excess of one tonne per year. 

However, slower-than-expected compliance was caused by a number of problems, such as high data costs, reluctance to accept lead registrant responsibilities, and restricted consortium development.

What’s changed?

The revised deadlines introduce a tiered approach based on tonnage and hazard classifications, offering companies more breathing room:

  • December 31, 2026: This extended deadline applies to substances exceeding specific tonnage and hazard thresholds, including:
  • Substances exceeding 1,000 tonnes per year
  • Substances exceeding 100 tonnes per year with high aquatic toxicity (H400, H410)
  • Substances exceeding 1 tonne per year with Carcinogenic, Mutagenic, or Reprotoxic (CMR) category 1A/1B hazards
  • December 31, 2028: Substances exceeding 100 tonnes per year will have until this date to register.
  • December 31, 2030: The registration deadline for substances exceeding 1 tonne per year is extended to this date.

What does this signify for businesses?

For businesses who were having trouble meeting the original deadline, this revised schedule offers much-needed flexibility. By prioritising registration according to tonnage and possible risk, they are able to allocate resources and efforts more efficiently. The longer deadlines should also promote more involvement, which would improve environmental protection in Turkey and result in a more comprehensive KKDIK database.

Towards more seamless compliance:

The MoEUCC’s decision shows that it is committed to collaborating with business to put KKDIK laws into effect. With a more reasonable and balanced approach, the updated deadlines will facilitate easier compliance and further advancements in Turkey’s chemical safety.

It’s crucial to remember that businesses must use this longer period of time carefully. It is imperative that you carefully go over the updated laws, consult an expert if necessary, and start the registration process right away in order to guarantee full compliance with the deadlines.

The extension of the KKDIK deadline is a good step forward for Turkey’s environmental and industrial sectors. By enhancing cooperation and effectively using the prolonged period, all parties involved can strive to achieve the KKDIK goals and make a positive impact on a safer chemical environment.


Turkey reduces the burden of KKDIK chemical registration:

Most enterprises’ deadlines were extended in accordance with their tonnage and hazard levels, providing relief and promoting wider compliance. Environmental protection is bolstered and industry is given breathing room.

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