EU textile enterprises need to find early solutions to new textile regulations

reporter recently learned from the South China Sea inspection and quarantine bureau that the EU recently issued a twenty-sixth regulation in 2016 to limit the content of nonylphenol polyoxyethylene ether (NPE) in textile products. More than a hundred exports of EU clothing, indoor textiles, yarn and fabric production enterprises in the South China Sea will be affected. According to

, the regulations require that the content of nonylphenol polyoxyethylene ether (NPE) in textile products should not exceed 0.01% (100ppm). The transitional period of the regulation is 5 years. After the expiration of the transition period, products that do not meet the requirements will not be allowed to be sold or imported in the EU market.

NPE is a kind of nonionic surfactant, which has good penetration, emulsification, dispersion, in the textile production process is widely used for cleaning, washing and dyeing process. According to relevant information, NPE is the most commonly used detergent and dyeing auxiliaries in textile industry, accounting for more than 80% of China's market share. However, NPE is a worldwide recognized environmental hormone, with persistence and bioaccumulation. Once it is discharged into the environment, it can exist for a long time and can enter the food chain, which affects the normal reproduction and development of the organism, which can lead to a decrease in the number of human spermatozoa. At the same time, the textile NPE once into the environment, will be decomposed into more toxic environment -- NP hormone (Ren Jifen), the decomposition of the more toxic ingredients such as NP (Ren Jifen).

the impact of the new regulation on enterprises is mainly manifested in the following aspects: first, more than half of the products will face the risk of being eliminated. NPE is the most commonly used detergent and textile dyeing auxiliaries, the market will have more than 50% textile products will not be able to reach the EU NPE limit requirements, which is particularly prominent in the printing and dyeing, leather, chemical fiber and other enterprises. The two is that the cost of production and testing will be greatly improved. The three is that some textile enterprises will be out of advance.

to this end, the South China Sea inspection and Quarantine Department reminded the relevant enterprises: first, close attention to the implementation of the EU NPE laws and regulations, the detailed provisions of the regulations; two is to adjust the process of bleaching, cooking, dyeing, and other technologies to meet the relevant requirements; the three is to strengthen the NPE content test of raw materials and finished products, to avoid the EU The product exceeds the limit requirement.