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Recent Developments

The Turkish Medicines and Medical Devices Agency (“TİTCK”) recently announced the results of its cosmetics sector market surveillance and inspection conducted between January and March 2019.

What Do the Results Say?

The TİTCK's Cosmetics Supervision Department published the list of unsafe and non-compliant cosmetics products detected during the first quarter of 2019. Of the 146 cosmetic products inspected, 51 were non-compliant and two were unsafe. A total fine of TRY 284,578 (approximately USD 45,000) was levied against the responsible companies.

The cosmetic products safety results reveal that there is a decrease in the number of non-compliant products. However, despite this decrease, the total amount of administrative fines has remained nearly the same compared to the Q4 results of 2018. The TİTCK continues to strictly inspect the healthcare sector to increase the compliance of cosmetic products with the technical legislation.

Cosmetics Inspection Department's Q1 results of 2019 is available here (in Turkish).

Conclusion

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

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