Changes have been made to Turkey’s cosmetics regulations. In particular, the amendments ban use of benzylidene camphor, as well as change requirements for non-oxidant hair dyes and the relationship between local and European Union legislation with regard to vivisection. The Regulation Amending the Cosmetic Regulation was published in Official Gazette number 29506 on 26 January 2016 (“Amendment Regulation”).

The Amendment Regulation amends certain parts of the Cosmetic Regulation (published in Official Gazette number 25823 on 23 May 2005):

  • Additional Article 2 of the Regulation relates to vivisection and previously stated that updates in European Union legislation should be taken into consideration. The Amendment Regulation changes this article so that only updates in related legislation and in scientific and technologic developments should be taken into consideration.
  • Benzylidene camphor is banned from use in cosmetics. It is removed from Annex 6 (List of UV Filters that are Permitted for use with Cosmetics) and added to Annex 2(List of Materials that are Banned from Cosmetics), effective from 18 February 2016.
  • Amendments are made for hair dye substances in non-oxidant hair dyes, effective from 10 August 2016 (Annex 3 – List of Materials which Should Not Be Included into Cosmetics, Except Noted Limitations).

Any products which are not compliant with the Cosmetic Regulation must be removed from the market, effective from 16 April 2016.

Please see this link for the full text of the Amendment Regulation (only available in Turkish).

Information first published in the MA | Gazette, a fortnightly legal update newsletter produced by Moroğlu Arseven.