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Turkey Cracks Down Again on Unsafe and Non-Compliant Cosmetic Products

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Recent Development

The Turkish Medicines and Medical Devices Agency (“TİTCK”) recently announced the Q2 results of its market surveillance and inspection of the cosmetics sector between April and June 2017.

What the Results Say? 

The TİTCK’s Cosmetics Supervision Department published the list of unsafe and non-compliant cosmetics products detected during the second quarter of 2017. Of the 238 cosmetic products inspected, 165 were detected as non-compliant and six were detected as unsafe. A total fine of TRY 495,597 fine (approximately USD 140,785) was levied against the responsible companies. The complete Q2 list of unsafe and non-compliant cosmetics products is available here (in Turkish).

The cosmetic products safety results reveal that the number of unsafe products has remarkably decreased compared to the 2017 Q1 results, thus leading to a significant decrease in the administrative fines. The TİTCK’s strict inspection of the healthcare sector seems to have yielded positive results regarding the compliance of cosmetic products with the technical legislation.​


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 that they do not sell or distribute unsafe or non-compliant products.