The Ministry of Environment and Urbanization of Turkey has published a draft document this year in order to align its chemical classification and labeling requirements with the EU Classification, Labeling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation. The new CLP Regulation for Turkey is expected to be published by the end of 2013.
The current Turkish regulation on classification, labeling and packaging of hazardous substances is in line with the former EU requirements for Dangerous Substances & Preparation Directive published on December 26, 2008. The harmonized CLP regulation will repeal the existing regulation, in full, by June 1, 2016.
According to the draft CLP harmonized regulation, the deadline for classification, packaging and labeling for substances is December 31, 2014 and for preparations is May 31, 2016.
Substances placed on the market before January 1, 2015 are to be notified to the C&L inventory from January 1, 2014 to January 1, 2015.
Substances placed on the market, for the first time, after January 1, 2015 have to be notified to the C&L inventory within one month at the latest.
From January 1, 2015 until June 6, 2016, substances should be classified according to both CLP 2008 and the CLP harmonized regulation, but they should be labeled and packaged according to the CLP harmonized requirements.
Substances which are classified, labeled and packaged according to the CLP regulation of December 26, 2008, and placed on the market before January 1, 2015, do not require relabeling and repackaging in accordance with the CLP harmonized regulation until January 1, 2017.
Mixtures which are classified, labeled and packaged in according to the CLP regulation of December 26, 2008, and placed on the market before June 1, 2016, do not require relabeling and repackaging in accordance with the CLP harmonized regulation until June 1, 2018.
Importers and manufacturers, as well as the downstream users, may amend the classification of substances or mixtures using the conversion table in Annex 7 of the CLP harmonized regulation in the instance where a substance or mixture has been classified consistent with the CLP regulation of December 26, 2008, before January 1, 2015 and June 1, 2016 respectively.
Manufacturers and importers shall submit the following information to the C&L inventory, either individually or as groups, to the Ministry of Environment:
- Name, address, telephone/fax number or e-mail address of the notifier responsible for placing the substance on the market
- Contact person
- Place of manufacture
- Substance identity as specified in Art. 40(a)
- Classification of the substance in accordance with Article 15
- The reason, if the substance is not classified according to the regulation – either due to lack of data, inadequate data or insufficient data for classification
- Specific concentration limit values or M factors, if applicable
- Labeling data and hazard statements of the substance