Recent Developments

The Turkish Medicines and Medical Devices Agency (“TİTCK”) recently announced the results of its cosmetics sector market surveillance and inspection conducted between January and March 2018.

What Do the Results Say?

The TİTCK's Cosmetics Supervision Department published the list of unsafe and non-compliant cosmetics products detected during the first quarter of 2018. Of the 186 cosmetic products inspected, 109 were non-compliant and 24 were unsafe. A total fine of TRY 923,789 (approximately USD 206,301) was levied against the responsible companies. The complete Q1 list of unsafe and non-compliant cosmetics products is available here (in Turkish).

​The cosmetic products safety results reveal that despite the decrease in the number of products inspected, the number of unsafe products increased remarkably compared to the 2017 Q4 results, thus leading to a significant increase in the administrative fines. The TİTCK’s continuous inspection of the healthcare sector has become stricter to increase the compliance of cosmetic products with the technical legislation.​

Conclusion

The TİTCK continues to demonstrate its commitment to periodical market surveillance and inspection in the cosmetics sector. All cosmetic products in circulation must fully comply with the applicable Turkish laws and regulations, and manufacturing companies must ensure they do not sell or distribute unsafe or non-compliant products.