Skip to Menu Skip to Search Contact Us Hong-Kong Websites & Languages Skip to Content
Turkey Flag

Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are chemical substances that persist in the environment, bioaccumulate through the food web, and pose a risk of causing adverse effects to human health and the environment.  In order to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of POPs, the EU incorporated the UN's Stockholm Convention on POPs into its legislation in 2004. This bans the intentional production, marketing and use of substances listed in the convention.

The Regulation on POPs – KOK in Turkish – was announced and published in the Official Gazette on 14 November and became immediately effective by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation (MoEU) announced.  With a few exemptions, the Turkish POPs regulations impose the following prohibitions and restrictions on specific persistent pollutants, and require the Turkish Ministry of Environment and relevant authorities to take appropriate measures to ensure that the prohibition and restriction requirements are properly implemented:

  • The substances listed in Appendix 1 are prohibited from being produced, sold and used in the form of the substance and its mixtures and articles
  • The substances listed must meet the relevant restrictions set out in Appendix 2 upon their production, sales and usage in the form of the substance and its mixtures and articles
  • The restrictions on items in the above provisions will come into force six months after the issuance of the Regulation (May 14th, 2019)

In addition, the Regulation requires the relevant departments to reduce emissions of substances in Appendix 3 and to manage waste containing substances in Appendix 4. Many of the provisions and substances of the regulation refer to the EU POPs Regulation (EC) No 850/2004). 

However, compared to the EU POPs regulations, the regulation requires additional control requirements for dicofol, Decabromodiphenyl ether (DecaBDE), Pentachlorophenol (PCP) and its salts and esters.

Examples of POPs requirements related to electrical and electronic products

Substance  Requirements1 Common Applications
Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) 100 mg/kg > Substance, Mixture &  Final Product  Flame Retardants 
Short-chained chlorinated paraffins (SCCP) 

1% > Substance or Mixture; 0.15% > Final Product

Leather, Flame Retardants, Plasticizers, etc 
Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS)  10 mg/kg ≥ Substance or Mixture;  0.1% > Finished / Un-Finished Product; 1 μg/m2 > Coated Textiles or Materials Circuit Boards, Coatings, Adhesives, Paper, etc 
Hexachlorobutadiene  Prohibited  Solvents, Synthetic Rubber, etc 
Polychlorinated Naphthalene (PCN) Prohibited  Capacitors, additives, cable insulation and preservatives, etc. 

1. Remarks: For related exemptions and transition period, please refer to Appendix 2


Independent and innovative, our Electrical & Electronics experts use state-of-the-art facilities and technology to deliver tailor made, value-added services that help improve your business.  Our expertise in compliance management will help you make the right choices for different national markets, while carrying out the necessary testing and certification quickly and professionally.

For more information, please contact our Customer Service Team!

To obtain a copy in PDF version, please click here.