Turkey is Now the Latest Country to Regulate Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Chemicals

Turkey is Now the Latest Country to Regulate Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Chemicals

If your company manufactures, purchases or supplies materials and products to Turkey, you need to be aware of a new Turkish chemical regulation which came into force on 14th November 2018 for Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).

POPs are regulated around the world through the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants and as well as regional legislation such as the European POPs Regulation (EC) No 850/2004 and even Annex XVII of REACH. However, the most recent addition in the regulation of POPs now includes new legislation published by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization in Turkey.

The official newspaper, the Resmi Gazete number 30595 published this new regulation on 14th November 2018 which contains seven annexes on the restrictions and management of POPs which are designed to complement the existing international legislation, both in terms of scope and requirements. However, it must be noted that there are differences in acceptable limits for some chemicals between this new Turkish regulation and other regulations such as Annex XVII of REACH.

This new regulation aims to restrict the manufacture, retail and use of POPs as well as minimizing their emissions and providing guidance on the management of waste.

 

Annexes of POP Chemical Management in Turkish Regulation

  1. Prohibited substances list*
  2. Restricted on its own, in mixtures or articles*
  3. List of substances subject to emission reduction
  4. List of substances subject to waste management
  5. Waste management
  6. Notification forms
  7. Notification forms (continued)

*Regulation for chemicals listed in Annexes 1 and 2 comes into force on 14th May 2019.

 

What substances are restricted in the Turkish POPs regulation?

Some of the restricted substances within the new Turkish POPs regulation include:

Chemical

CAS Number

Use

Dicofol

CAS 115-32-2

Pesticide

Decabromodiphenyl

CAS 1163-19-5

Flame retardant in adhesives, coatings, inks, plastics, textiles and sealants;

 

Requirements of Selected POPs Chemicals in Annex 2

Chemical

Requirement

Tetrabromodiphenyl

≤ 10 mg/kg in substances, mixtures, articles or parts thereof for each of items 1 to 5

 

< 0.1% for recycled materials

 

Note: Electrical and electronic equipment under Resmi Gazete Number 28300 are exempt

Pentabromodiphenyl

Hexabromodiphenyl

Heptabromodiphenyl

Decabromodiphenyl

Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid and its derivatives (PFOS)

≤ 0.001% in substances or mixtures

 

< 0.1% in semi-finished products or articles, or parts thereof

 

< 1 μg/m² in coated textiles or materials

Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) and its main isomers (α-, β- and γ-HBCDD)

≤ 100 mg/kg in substances, mixtures, articles or parts thereof

Short chain chlorinated paraffins (C10-C13, SCCP)

< 1% in substances or mixtures

 

< 1% in substances or mixtures

 

Does your company need support with chemical testing and management of POPs?

If you company supplies products and materials to Turkey or other countries where POPs are regulated, your company is responsible for the safety of those products or materials. At Eurofins | BLC we can provide your business with verification of POPs content for chemical compliance purposes and support with managing the risk of POPs and other restricted substances in your supply chain.

For further information and to discuss your products with one of our experts, email info@blcleathertech.com, call +44 (0) 1604 679 999 or complete the contact form at the bottom of this web page.

18 December 2018

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