Turkey Aligns Its Regulations with the EU Cosmetics Regulation

The Turkish health ministry has aligned its legal regulations on cosmetics with the requirements of the EU Cosmetics Regulation (only in Turkish).

The following concrete changes result:

  • Turkey prohibits 2-chloro-p-phenylenediamine along with its sulphate and dihydrochloride salts in hair, eyebrow, and eyelash-dye products.
  • Turkey limits the use of 1-(4-chlorophenoxy)-1-(1H-imidazol-1-yl)-3,3-dimethyl-2-butanone (Climbazole) in dandruff shampoos and as a preservative in hair lotions, face creams, and footcare products. Other uses in cosmetics are prohibited.
  • Turkey allows the use of Climbazole in hair lotions, face creams, and footcare products in concentrations up to 0.2%. Other uses are prohibited.
  • Turkey allows the use of preservative o-phenylphenol in leave-on products up to a maximum concentration of 0.15% and in rinse-off products up to a maximum concentration of 0.2%.
  • Turkey permits the use of UV filter phenylene bis-diphenyltriazine in sunscreens in concentrations up to 5%. It prohibits use of the chemical in products that can lead to inhalation exposure.

In the EU, Regulation 2019/681 of the EU Commission applies to 2-chloro-p-phenylenediamine. According to Annex II of Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 (the Cosmetics Regulation), hair dyes and products to dye eyebrows and eyelashes that contain 2-chloro-p-phenylenediamine along with its sulphate and dihydrochloride salts may not be marketed in the EU after November 22, 2019. After February 22, 2020, they may not be sold in the Union market.

In the EU, Regulation 2019/678 applies to Climbazole. According to Annex II of the Cosmetics Regulation, Climbazole may be used in rinse-off products only in a concentration of 2%. As of November 27, 2019, cosmetics that contain Climbazole in excess of these limits may no longer be marketed. They may not be sold in the Union market after November 27, 2020. And Annex V of the Cosmetics Regulation permits the use of Climbazole in hair lotions, face creams, and footcare products only as a preservative in a concentration up to 0.2%. Other uses are forbidden.

EU Regulation 2018/1847 applies to o-phenylphenol. The chemical may be used in leave-on products up to a maximum concentration of 0.15% and in rinse-off products only in a concentration up to 0.2%.

EU Regulation 2019/680 applies to phenylene bis-diphenyltriazine. According to Annex VI of the Cosmetics Regulation, use of phenylene bis-diphenyltriazine as a UV filter in sunscreens in a concentration up to 5% is safe and permitted. However, it is not allowed in sprayable products.

We have supported companies operating on the Turkish market for many years. If you
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