Turkey Increases Reliance on Chemical Safety Assessors to Perform Regulatory Actions under KKDIK

Chemical Safety Assessors are the only persons allowed to submit notifications and registrations or author Safety Data Sheets in Turkey, under KKDIK (the acronym in the Turkish language for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals). This provision is given in Annex 18 of KKDIK, though the requirement for SDS authors to be certified predates this regulation. Annex 18 also contains the qualification requirements for these technical experts. There are two ways to become a “Chemical Safety Assessor” in Turkey: either become certified through an institute accredited through the Turkish Accreditation Administration (TURKAK) after taking training and a proficiency test or have at least 10 years’ work experience with chemical regulations at the Ministry. The training consists of at least 64 hours. The test has a multiple-choice section consisting of 25 questions and a standard section covering health and environment risk evaluation, exposure scenarios, chemical safety assessment and report, SDS authoring, preparation of registration dossier. To pass, one must obtain a score of at least 70/100. Persons who have worked in chemical regulation at the Ministry can receive the certificate without taking the proficiency exam. Certificates given this way are the sole responsibility of the certification institution. The chemical assessment proficiency certificate validity period is five years. The deadlines and transition periods in the new KKDIK regulation are intended to provide sufficient time for the Chemical Safety Assessors to acquire the training and certification required to fulfil these tasks. Further information is available at: Ministry of Environment and Urbanization (MoEU), Official Gazette 30105 (repeated) on June 23, 2017, KKDIK Regulation

ChemAdvisor, 15 August 2017 ; https://www.chemadvisor.com