The European Commission has issued a draft Regulation that would introduce a restriction on the use of nonyl phenol ethoxylates (NPEs) in textile articles.
The draft Regulation prohibits the placing on the market of textile articles which can reasonably be expected to be washed in water during their normal lifecycle, if their NPE content is at least 0.01% by weight (that is to say 100mg/kg). It allows exemptions for secondhand textile articles and new textile articles produced exclusively from recycled textiles.
The draft Regulation has a transition period of 60 months between the adoption of the restriction and its applicability, in order to give sufficient time to producers to adapt their production processes so that they comply with the restriction. Adoption is forecast for Q4 2015.
The Commission notified the draft Regulation to the World Trade Organization on 16 April. Echa’s Committees on Socio-economic Analysis (Seac) and Risk Assessment (Rac) backed the proposed restriction last year (CW 11 June 2014).