KKDIK – The Turkish REACH

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In a previous blog we talked about the REACH Regulation, a European Union regulation that deals with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical Substances and Mixtures. There are some countries such as Korea, Japan, China, and Turkey that have regulations like REACH, with the same purpose, but with a different procedure. In this case we will talk about KKDIK, the regulation that is currently in vigour in Turkey and is responsible for ensuring the safety of chemical substances and products. In essence, it seeks to achieve the same objectives as the well-known REACH Regulation and follows a very similar set of processes. It came into force in 2017 and, since then, has been a referent in this field.

Ensuring compliance with the KKDIK (Turkish REACH) regulation is mandatory for companies wishing to sell chemical substances or mixtures in the Turkish market. Companies based outside Turkey can appoint an Only Representative (OR) in Turkey to register their substances.

At Sun Chemicals Services, we offer KKDIK Only Representative (OR) and regulatory monitoring services for entities exporting chemical substances to Turkey. Our experienced staff assists non-Turkish companies in participating in the KKDIK registration process, acting as their representative, and ensuring compliance with the KKDIK regulations.

The acronym KKDIK has the same meaning as the acronym REACH.:

  • Kimyasalların: Chemicals.
  • Kayit: Registration
  • Değerlendirme: Evaluation.
  • Izni: Authorization
  • Kısıtlanması: Restriction.

This regulation establishes a legal framework for the control of all chemicals in Turkey and aims to ensure the protection of human health and the environment, as well as to promote the free trade of chemicals in line with international standards.

As with REACH, the KKDIK applies to all manufacturers, importers, distributors, and users of chemicals in Turkey. This includes all companies, both domestic and foreign, operating in the country and handling chemicals subject to this regulation.

Why are both REACH and KKDIK important? Because both regulations promote safety and security in the handling of chemicals, which benefits both public health and the environment. In addition, it should be emphasized that it helps to ensure compliance with international standards, which facilitates the trade of chemicals between Turkey and other countries.

Considering all this, we can state that KKDIK is a crucial legislative measure for the control and safe management of chemicals in the country, following a similar approach to the REACH system. This is why its implementation is essential to ensure the protection of health and the environment, as well as to promote the safe trade of chemicals in the Turkish market.

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About Sun Chemicals Services Turkey:

Our subsidiary in Turkey, Sun Chemicals Services Turkey Danışmanlık Ltd. Şti, offers the following services:

  1. KKDIK registration: Ensuring compliance with Turkey’s REACH-like regulations, we guide businesses through the intricate process of KKDIK registration, safeguarding their chemical substances within legal frameworks.
  2. Pesticide Registration: Facilitating the approval and registration of pesticides, under the law of plant protection products registration, we follow all the steps from beginning to the certification with all related laboratories and official studies.
  3. Organic and chemical fertilizer registrations: Dedicated to sustainable agriculture, we assist in the registration of organic and chemical fertilizers, promoting eco-friendly practices and adherence to regulatory standards.
  4. Trademark registration: Safeguarding intellectual property, we specialize in Trademark registration, providing legal protection for brands and ensuring their distinctiveness in the market.
  5. Commercial distributorship organizations: Facilitating strategic partnerships, we assist in establishing commercial distributorship organizations, enhancing market reach, and fostering mutually beneficial collaborations.
  6. Market research and study: Leveraging insightful analysis, we conduct comprehensive market research and studies, empowering businesses with data-driven decision-making for informed market entry and expansion strategies.
  7. International buyer and seller network: Building global connections, we cultivate an extensive international buyer and seller network, facilitating trade opportunities and creating pathways for businesses to thrive in the global marketplace.

The amendment to registration deadlines for substances manufactured or imported into Turkey has been updated as follows:

By December 31, 2026:

  • Substances with a production or import quantity equal to or exceeding 1,000 tonnes per annum (t/a)
  • Substances classified as Aquatic Acute 1 and Aquatic Chronic 1 (H400, H410) with a production or import quantity equal to or exceeding 100 t/a
  • CMR (Carcinogenic, Mutagenic, or Toxic to Reproduction) substances categorized as Category 1A and 1B with a production or import quantity equal to or exceeding 1 t/a

By December 31, 2028:

  • Substances with a production or import quantity ranging from 100 to 1,000 t/a

By December 31, 2030:

  • Substances with a production or import quantity ranging from 1 to 100 t/a

At Sun Chemicals Services, our commitment is to empower businesses with regulatory compliance, strategic partnerships, and market intelligence, ensuring their success in a competitive business environment.

The responsible and expertise in KKDIK regulation is Seyfullah Sari:

Seyfullah Sari – Chemical Assessment Specialist

Sun Chemicals Services Turkey Danismanlık Ltd Sti

M: +905335994536


April 2024

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