Turkey has published the implementation of TR-SDS (GBF) in Turkish Official Gazette with number 29204 on 13 December 2013. As with the EU SDS Regulation, there will be a transition period prior to the regulation coming into force as of 1 June 2016.
You can find the Turkish Version of TR-SDS (GBF) Regulation text as linked in here.
On December 13, 2014, the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning published its Regulation on Safety Data Sheets for Hazardous Substances and Mixtures, No. 29204.
The aim of this Regulation is to protect human health and the environment from adverse effects of hazardous substances and mixtures coming into the market and to provide the technical procedures and guidelines for preparing the required Safety Data Sheets (SDS’s).
The following are among the requirements for preparing Safety Data Sheets, according to Article 5:
- According to the text of the Regulation, manufacturers/importers have to provide buyers of a hazardous product with a Safety Data Sheet prepared in accordance with Annex 1 of the Regulation if:
- The substances and mixtures meet the hazard classification criteria according to the Regulation of Classification, Packaging and Labeling for Substances and Mixtures of December 11, 2013.
- The substances and mixtures meet the criteria for persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic or very persistent and very bioaccumulative according to Annex 2 of the Regulation.
- In the case where mixtures are in line with the Regulation of Classification, Packaging and Labeling for Substances and Mixtures of December 11, 2013 but do not meet the hazardous classification criteria, a supplier, upon request from the buyer, must supply a SDS if one of the following circumstances is met:
- For non-gaseous mixtures with an individual concentration weight of ≥1% and for gas mixtures with a volume of ≥0.2%, containing a minimum of one substance which is hazardous to human health and the environment;
- For non-gaseous mixtures with an individual concentration weight of ≥0.1%, aligned with the criteria given in Annex 2, containing a minimum of one substance, that is persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic or very persistent and very bioaccumulative;
- Includes at least one substance which is subject to occupational exposure limits.
Safety Data Sheets must be prepared in the Turkish language according to section 2 of Annex 1 and must have 16 sections. Suppliers have to provide the buyers with a Safety Data Sheet for a hazardous substance or mixture, free of charge, in a written or electronic form. Suppliers have to provide the buyers with an updated Safety Data Sheet(s) in the case where there is significant new information which affects risk management measures and/or new risk measurements, as well as the adaptation of new restriction(s) or prohibition.
Suppliers must provide the revised SDS to all buyers, within the previous 12 months, of the hazardous product.
The Safety Data Sheets must be prepared by experts who are certified through the Turk Accreditation Institute. The adequacy exam is given through the Turk Accreditation Institute and is divided into two sections. The first section consists of 15 multiple choice questions on topics such as: regulations, knowledge of Safety Data Sheets, classification and transportation. In the second part of the exam, one needs to answer a minimum of 7 questions in regards to authoring an SDS. The total duration of the exam is 120 minutes. The test is given only in the Turkish language. The certifications of adequacy are valid for a period of 3 years. One needs to retake the exam just before the expiration date in order to renew the validity of the certification for 3 more years.
The authored Safety Data Sheets for substances and mixtures also have to be uploaded into the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning’s internet portal by the supplier before placing the hazardous product on the market.
Safety Data Sheets can be prepared according to the provisions of the Regulation of Preparing and Distribution of Safety Data Sheets for Hazardous Substances and Mixtures, published on December 26, 2008 up to June 1, 2015, for substances and up to June 1, 2016 for mixtures.
For Safety Data Sheets which are prepared according to the Regulation on Safety Data Sheets on Hazardous Substances and Mixtures issued on December 13, 2014, the classification under Section 2 (Hazard(s) identification) and composition under Section 3 (Composition/information on ingredients) should be given according to the Regulation of Preparing and Distribution of Safety Data Sheets for Hazardous Substances and Mixtures, published on December 26, 2008 up to June 1, 2015, for substances and up to June 1, 2016 for mixtures.
For Section 3 of the SDS, the chemical identity of individual constituents other than the main constituent which is classified and contributes to the classification of the substance, including impurity, stabilizing additive shall be given as below:
- The product identifier according to Article 20, section 2 of the Regulation of Classification, Packaging and Labelling of substances and mixtures.
- In the case the product identifier is unavailable, one of other names (common or trade name) or identification numbers.
Other constituents, including non-classified components, may be listed by the suppliers of the substance. This section may also provide information on substances with more than one component.
Under Section 8 (Exposure controls/personal protection), valid Turkish occupational limit values and necessary risk management measurements should be stated, as well as carcinogenic and mutagenic substances limit values according to the Directive of Carcinogenic and Mutagenic substances at workplaces or biologic limit values.
Under Section 15 (Regulatory information), information on other regulations that have not been indicated, is given. Also, any available restrictions on any substances or mixtures covered under the SDS should be specified in this section.
Under Section 16 (Other information), the contact information and the certification number of the certified SDS author must appear.
The Regulation on Safety Data Sheets on Hazardous Substances and Mixtures is enforced by the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning from its date of publication, December 13, 2014, except for Article 11 which will be enforced from June 1, 2016.
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*SEA : Abbreviation for CLP in Turkish
*GBF : Abbreviation for SDS in Turkish