The Turkish Ministry of Economy recently implemented changes to the Communication of Import of Consumer Products – Product Safety and Inspections No. 2014/ 18 (communiqué at Official Gazette, d, 31.12.2013 and no. 28868). Effective immediately, test reports from accredited laboratories outside of Turkey are no longer accepted. Additionally, all parts of the footwear product, regardless of whether it comes into contact with the skin or whether it is accessible or not, must be tested.
- The restricted substances are:
‒ Di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP)
‒ Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP)
‒ Di-isononyl phthalate (DINP)
‒ Di-iso-decyl phthalate (DIDP)
‒ Di-n-octyl phthalate (DnOP)
‒ Di(ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
- The requirement is Total 0.1% by weight (1000 mg/kg) per component
- There is no recommended test method
Why It Matters
Given the latest changes where all components of the shoe need to be tested, organizations shipping footwear products into Turkey should consider amending their protocols in order to align with this new regulation.
How UL Can Help
As an accredited third-party laboratory, UL’s testing services can help ensure regulatory compliance to Turkish regulations for imported footwear.