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May 10, 2017

Turkey Adopts New Regulation on Package Information, Manuals and Tracking of Medicinal Products for Human Use

Legal Alerts
Healthcare

Recent developments To harmonize the standards of packaging and labeling of medicinal products for human use with those of the EU, the Ministry of Health recently adopted the Regulation on Package Information, Manuals and Tracking of Medicinal Products for Human Use (the “Regulation”). The Regulation is adopted based on EC Directive No. 2001/83/EC and EU […]

April 25, 2017

Turkey: IP Courts Dismiss Non-Use Cancellation Actions for Trademarks Filed Prior to January 10, 2017

Legal Alerts
Intellectual Property

Recent developments 2017 is being an unprecedented year for IP rights in Turkey. As we announced in our alert dated January 11, 2017, the long awaited Industrial Property Law entered into force and abolished the Decree No. 556 on Protection of Trademark Rights (“Trademark Decree“), which was in effect since 1995. While expected and welcomed […]

April 24, 2017

Turkish Pharmaceutical Market: What the Numbers Say

Legal Alerts
Healthcare

Recent developments The Turkish Medicines and Medical Devices Agency (the “TİTCK”) recently published its third survey report (the “Report”) on the Turkish pharmaceutical market. The Report analyzes the pharmaceutical market in Turkey in terms of sales volumes for the term of June-December 2014 (the “Term”).  The Report is available here (in Turkish). What the Report Says […]

April 17, 2017

Changes to Turkish Specifications of Food Additives

Legal Alerts
International Commercial and Trade

Recent Development To harmonize its technical criteria on food additives with those of the European Union, Turkey has repealed the following three communiqués on the purity criteria of sweeteners, colors and other food additives and adopted a new regulation reestablishing specifications for all food additives: The Communiqué No. 2002/27 on the Turkish Food Codex Purity […]

April 14, 2017

Turkey Ratifies the MEDICRIME Convention

Legal Alerts
Healthcare

Recent developments The Turkish Parliament recently ratified the Council of Europe Convention on the counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes involving threats to public health (the “MEDICRIME Convention“) through Law No. 6964 Approving the Ratification of the MEDICRIME Convention, which was published in the Official Gazette and entered into force on April 2, 2017. […]

April 13, 2017

Turkey Further Revises Toy Safety Regulation

Legal Alerts
International Commercial and Trade

Recent Development The Toy Safety Regulation entered into force on April 4, 2017 with certain revisions, as you may recall from our previous legal alerts of October 6 and March 14, 2017. Most of the amendments entered into force on April 4, 2017, whereas some revisions will enter into force on May 24 and November […]

April 12, 2017

11th Civil Chamber of the Supreme Court Hands Down Several Decisions Confirming Application of the Good Faith Principle to Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction

Legal Alerts
Dispute Resolution

Recent development In a series of recent decisions, the 11th Civil Chamber of the Supreme Court ruled that a Turkish defendant is barred from raising a motion for lack of jurisdiction on the grounds that a foreign court has jurisdiction by agreement by application of the good faith principle enshrined under Article 2 of the […]

April 3, 2017

Turkey Introduces Environmental Information System for Waste Control

Legal Alerts
International Commercial and Trade

Recent developments The Regulation on Waste Control was recently amended to introduce new waste control procedures. The amendments were published on the Official Gazette and entered into force on March 23, 2017. Background The Regulation on Waste Control is the main piece of legislation governing the control of waste, other than specific types of waste […]

March 30, 2017

Supreme Court Affirms its Historic Precedent Banning Amendments to Claims Following Reversal

Legal Alerts
Dispute Resolution

Recent Development The Supreme Court has refused to reconsider its historic precedent of 1948, prohibiting amendments to court claims following the reversal of first instance decisions, in its session dated 6 May 2016. The decision was announced in the Official Gazette on 23 March 2017. The much-criticized precedent There has been a lengthy controversy surrounding […]

March 28, 2017

TİTCK Announces New Procedures for License Applications

Legal Alerts
Healthcare

Recent developments The Turkish Medicines and Medical Devices Agency (the “TİTCK”) recently announced new procedures for the medicine licensing process depending on the payment status of the scientific analysis and assessment fees. Background Scientific analysis and assessment fees are among the mandatory fees in the medicine licensing process. In early January, the TİTCK announced an […]

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