Life sciences—Turkey—Q&A guide
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Last updated on 03/08/2022

The following Life Sciences practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Life sciences—Turkey—Q&A guide
  • 1. How is healthcare in your jurisdiction organised?
  • 2. How is the healthcare system financed in the outpatient and inpatient sectors?
  • 3. What are the basic structures of the provision of care to patients in statutory and private care?
  • 4. What steps are necessary to authorise the provision of health services, and what law governs this?
  • 5. Which types of legal entities can offer healthcare services?
  • 6. What further steps are necessary for foreign companies to offer health services?
  • 7. Which legislation governs advertising of medicinal products to healthcare professionals?
  • 8. What are the main rules and principles applying to advertising of medicinal products aimed at healthcare professionals?
  • 9. Is the advertising of medical devices to healthcare professionals regulated as rigorously as advertising in the pharmaceuticals sector? What are the main differences?
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Life sciences—Turkey—Q&A guide

This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to life sciences in Turkey published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: April 2022).

Authors: Gün + Partners—Özge Atılgan Karakulak; Dicle Doğan

1. How is healthcare in your jurisdiction organised?

The healthcare system is governed principally by the Fundamental Law on Healthcare Services No. 3,359, which furnishes the Ministry of Health (MoH) with the authority to issue healthcare-related regulations and establish a healthcare system enabling each and every person living in Turkey to have equal and equitable access to the healthcare system. The regulatory authority is the MoH and its subsidiaries.

The MoH is responsible for establishing hospitals and public health institutions to provide healthcare services to the public. In addition to public hospitals and healthcare institutions, universities with medical faculties may also establish hospitals under the authority granted to universities by the Higher Education Law No. 2,547, and this system is also quite common in Turkey. Private hospitals and healthcare institutions are also common in places where the purchasing power of the population is high.

There was a fundamental change in the structure of the MoH in 2011. The authorities of the General Directorate of Pharmaceuticals and Pharmacy of the MoH have been transferred to the Turkish Medicines and Medical Devices Agency (Agency). In line with the amendment, the Agency

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