Turkey Regulates Toys to European Standards
SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile Products NO. 167/16
Turkey has recently published new regulations for toys. The landmark legislation is adopted from the European Union and will become effective on April 4, 2017.
On October 4, 2016, Turkey published the Toy Safety Regulations (Oyuncak Güvenliği Yönetmeliği)  under Number 29847 in the Resmi Gazete, the Official Gazette of the Republic of Turkey. This landmark legislation is essentially adopted from the European Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC  (TSD).
The new law has a number of important requirements, including:
EC declaration of conformity (DOC)
New requirements for chemical, physical and mechanical, flammable and electrical properties
Obligations for economic operators
The use of chemicals that are classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic (CMRs)
The use of European (EN) standards for presumption of conformity
The new law on Toy Safety repeals the former legislation under Number 28807 of 31 October 2013.  It is enforced by the Minister of Customs and Trade and will become effective on April 4, 2017; six months after publication in Resmi Gazete.
It is important that toys are also obliged to conform to hazardous chemical requirements such as azo dyes and phthalates prescribed in Regulation Number 29263 of 14 January 2015.  Turkey at present has not published legislation to regulate formamide, certain preservatives, bisphenol (A) BPA and flame retardants for certain toys that are stipulated in Appendix C of the TSD. These substances may be regulated by amendment.
Highlights of the new law are summarized in Table 1.
New requirements such as:
|2||Chemicals classified as CMRs||
|5||European Community Declaration of conformity (EC DOC) and technical documentation||
|7||Toys that are substances or mixtures||
|9||Toy safety standard||
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