Applicable legislation

Cosmetic products in Turkey are regulated by the Ministry of Health. Cosmetic products placed on the Turkish Market must comply with the Cosmetic Law and the Cosmetic Regulation. These legislations on cosmetic products are detailed in more than 50 guidelines.


What type of products are cosmetics?

According to the Turkish Cosmetic Regulation, a cosmetic product means any substance or mixture intended to be placed in contact with the external parts of the human body (epidermis, hair system, nails, lips and external genital organs) or with the teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity with a view exclusively or mainly to cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance, protecting them, keeping them in good condition or correcting body odours. It may sometimes be unclear whether a product is a cosmetic within the definition in the cosmetics legislation or whether it falls under other sectoral legislation. Ministry of Health provides a guideline about the “borderline products” to identify cosmetic products more clearly.


According to the Turkish Cosmetic Regulation, a manufacturer means any natural or legal person who manufactures a cosmetic product or has such a product designed or manufactured and markets that cosmetic product under his name or trademark. The manufacturer must register his cosmetic company on the Turkish Cosmetic Notification Portal (UTS) and must have a Responsible Person with an appropriate level of professional competence and required experience. According to Cosmetic Regulations; “Pharmacist or providing that they have worked for two years in the field of cosmetics; chemist, biochemist, chemical engineer, biologist or microbiologist may be appointed as the responsible person.

The products must be notified to the Turkish Cosmetic Notification Portal (UTS), and Product Information Files (PIF) should be ready before the products are placed in the market.

Turkish Cosmetic Regulation complies with the EU Cosmetic Regulation 1223/2009. Cosmetic products should be safe under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use. In particular, risk-benefit reasoning should not justify a risk to human health.

Cosmetic products must not contain the banned components listed in Annex II. They must comply with the restrictions specified in Annex III. Annex IV, V and VI are the lists of colourants, preservatives and UV filters allowed in cosmetic products.

The labelling must comply with all the requirement in the legislation. The name and address of the manufacturer should be written on the label as it is on the notification system. It is very important not to write any claims which are not allowed at cosmetic legislation.

Cosmetic products must be produced in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).


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  • Product classification
  • Formula review to ensure compliance with the Turkish legislation
  • Labelling review
  • Product information file preparation
  • Safety assessment
  • Product notification (UTS notification)
  • Acting as the Responsible person in Turkey (performed by a local company)
  • Label translation to Turkish

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