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April 15, 2019

Turkey Secures EU Funds To Support KKDIK Implementation

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

Turkey has obtained new funds from the EU to support implementation of KKDIK (Registration (Kaydı), Evaluation (Değerlendirilmesi), Authorization (İzni) and Restriction (Kısıtlanması) of Chemicals (Kimyasalların)) (Turkey REACH). Turkey has secured € 1.6 million as part of the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) program, “the means by which the EU supports reforms in the ‘enlargement countries’ with financial and technical help.” The funds obtained will be utilized by Turkey’s Ministry of Environment and Urbanization (MoEU) to upgrade the KKDIK-related IT platform in alignment with the EU system. This is an important measure for industry as we approach the KKDIK pre-registration and registration deadlines because there have been efficiency- and compatibility-related concerns regarding IT systems used under KKDIK. Turkey used an initial budget of € 2.5 million in developing KKDIK, and the recent EU funds obtained by Turkey are expected to assist MoEU in building capabilities for KKDIK activities. In addition to the IT upgrade, MoEU is expected to utilize the EU funds to provide KKDIK-related training programs for industry and its staff, and adapt into Turkish quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) models.

The KKDIK capacity building and support activities will be performed as part of a two-year project, expected to start in 2019.