The European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) has criticized the slow pace of substance registration under Turkey REACH (KKDIK) and called for the KKDIK registration deadlines to be postponed by at least two years. The Association stated that so far, only 1,400 substances have been registered, with about 7,000 still pending. Handling the pending registrations in the six months that remain before the deadline is hardly manageable. In fact, the registration deadline for all substances ends in the current year – regardless of the tonnage range or hazard category.
CEFIC says that ideally deadlines should be staggered by tonnage band. The proposed deadlines are as follows:
December 31, 2025:
- Manufactured or imported in quantities of 1,000 tons or more per year
- CMR substances (carcinogens, mutagens, and substances toxic to reproduction) manufactured or imported in quantities of one ton or more per year
- Very toxic to aquatic organisms and are manufactured or imported in quantities of 100 tons or more per year
December 31, 2027:
- Manufactured or imported in quantities between 100 and 1,000 tons per year.
December 31, 2029:
- Manufactured or imported in quantities between 1 and 100 tons per year
The reasons for the slow registration include:
- Additional work due to translation of documents into Turkish
- Lack of a Letter of Access (LoA)
- Lack of or poor exchange of substance information in general
Officials from the Turkish Ministry of Environment, Urbanization, and Change (MoEUCC) will now develop a road map. One option is to scale down information requirements to speed up the registration process.
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