General information can be found on our main Turkish Standards and CE Marking page.
My importer informed me that products being exported to Turkey require the CE mark. Is this true?
Generally yes, although it depends on the type of product. On April 2004, the Government of Turkey’s Undersecretariat for Foreign Trade announced the implementation of twenty-three European Union industrial directives, which would affect an estimated 70% of the manufactured products imported into Turkey. Please refer to the full list of industrial directives on our main Turkish standards page.
All products that are deemed to fall within the European Union (EU) directives would need to conform to the directives in order to be sold in Turkey.
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Do I need a certificate of conformity issued by a Notified Body/laboratory?
Yes, although a self-declaration of conformity may also be acceptable. Equipment meeting the directive’s definition of products that need to conform to EU technical regulations must have evidence of meeting the requirements, either through verified laboratory testing conducted by an EU approved Notified Body or by manufacturer’s self-declaration if the directive dictates.
Companies selling to the Turkish market must submit evidence of conformity compliance (CE Mark) either by providing a notarized/consularized conformity certificate from a Notified Body or a corporate-issued certificate of conformity, which declares compliance of all relevant standards and directive annexes. If the EU directives allow for company or self-declaration of conformity, then this would need to be accepted by the Republic of Turkey as well.
If your company is having difficulty obtaining approval for its corporate declaration from the Government of Turkey, please contact our Commercial Specialist Ozge Cirika Eksi.
I supplied a corporate certificate of conformity with my shipping documents. Why are my goods still detained at Turkish Customs?
Although Turkey has adopted the European Union New Approach directives, it is still undergoing a learning process as to what the directives and the CE mark entail. Exporters and importers are often asked for certificates of conformity prepared by EU-recognized notified bodies.
If a customs detainment takes place for your company which is allowed to self-certify conformity based on the EU directives (e.g., low voltage, electromagnetic compatibility, portions of the machinery directive), contact Commercial Specialist Ozge Cirika Eksi. The Commercial Section will notify the Undersecretariat for Foreign Trade and make a request for your shipment’s release.
Why does the Turkish Customs Authority not accept my Notified Body-issued certificate of conformity?
Turkish Customs may, on occasion, question whether the certificates are original. In such cases, your company may wish to have the Notified Body certificate of conformity or the corporate-issued certificate of conformity notarized/consularized to confirm its authenticity.
For U.S. companies encountering difficulty in obtaining approval for their documents, Commercial Attaché John Fay can assist in affixing a consular stamp to your certificate of conformity which will be accepted by the Turkish Customs service.
I have been selling to the European Union without a CE mark. Why am I required to have a CE mark for Turkey?
As stated earlier, Turkey is still undergoing a learning process regarding the New Approach directives. Given the large range of products that don’t fall under CE mark regulations, not all products are required to be CE marked or need to conform to EU standards.
If you find that the Government of Turkey is asking for a CE mark when none is required, please contact Commercial Specialist Ozge Cirika Eksi immediately. The Commercial Section will request that the Undersecretariat for Foreign Trade direct both Turkish Customs and the appropriate ministries to release the shipment.
Will my CE-marked product need to be inspected by the Turkish Standards Institute?
Normally, no. Products that are deemed to conform to the New Approach directives do not need to be inspected by the Turkish Standards Institute. But as in the EU, if Customs officers or the Government of Turkey believe that a product bearing a CE mark may not be in conformity with the EU regulations, Turkish testing could be authorized.
If your company is being asked to have its products undergo additional Turkish Standards Institute testing despite evidence of directives conformity, please contact the Commercial Service in Ankara immediately.
Why does my importer ask for an A.TR-1 Certificate in spite of my CE mark? What is the A.TR-1 Certificate?
In the early stages of EU directives implementation, the Government of Turkey exhibited a bias towards CE-marked products originating in Europe. The Government was suspicious of certificates of conformity originating outside of the European Union.
The A.TR-1 Certificate is a document establishing that goods are freely allowed to be sold to Turkey within the scope of Turkey’s Customs Union with the European Union. At first, companies were able to clear Turkish Customs easily by providing the Certificate of Conformity and the A.TR-1.
If your company has been asked to ship via the European Union or acquire an A.TR-1 Certificate, contact the U.S. Embassy’s Commercial Section to resolve this matter. Any U.S. company providing evidence of directives conformity should be able to access the Turkish market without having to transship via the European continent.
Do Turkish manufacturers have to confirm their conformity to the directives?
Not at this time. In April 2004, the adoption of the CE mark was announced for imported products only. The Government of Turkey (Ministry of Industry, the Ministry of Labor and Social Security and the Ministry of Health) will need to promulgate regulations and legislation in order to require local companies to also produce in compliance with the CE mark.
As of yet, the European Commission has not approved a Notified Body in Turkey. Therefore, Turkish companies requiring Notified Body conformity assessments must have their products tested outside of the Republic of Turkey.
Who can I call on if I have a standards problem in Turkey?
The United States Embassy’s Commercial Section has been assisting U.S. companies, which meet EU directives conformity, in getting their products cleared through Turkish Customs as quickly as possible. The Commercial Section is also working to have the Government of Turkey accept CE conformity certification from U.S. corporations or Notified Bodies to prevent additional bureaucratic delays at customs or additional testing at the Turkish Standards Institute for shipments from the United States.
Please contact our Commercial Specialist Ozge Cirika Eksi for additional assistance in navigating the CE mark regulations in Turkey.
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