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ECHA Opens Public Comment on Proposal to Restrict NPs and NPEs in Textiles

December 18, 2013

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has opened a public comment on the proposed restrictions submitted by Sweden on the use of nonylphenols (NPs) and nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) for textile articles in the framework of the REACH regulation.

The submitted proposal claims that NPs and NPEs are still found as a detergent or as emulsifying agents in the manufacturing of their textile products. Once imported, the textile articles will be washed and residues of NPs and NPEs will be released into waste water.

The proposed restriction states that any textile clothing, fabric accessories, and interior textile articles (including their prints) that can be washed in water, should not be placed on the market 60 months after the enforcement of the law if they contain NPs and NPEs in concentrations equal of higher than 100mg/kg textile.

The restrictions will cover the following textiles: underwear, nightwear, hosiery, jackets, dresses, suits, gloves, sportswear, swimwear, scarves, shawls, ties, handkerchiefs, bags, curtains, bed linen, table linen, towels, blankets, throws, mats and rugs.