The Environment Agency  (EA) are one of the regulatory bodies for UK REACH, this is the regime governing the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. 

We enforce this legislation for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). 

We would like to notify you and your members of a recent restriction for the placing on the market of textile articles containing Nonylphenol Ethoxylates (NPEs), this applied from 3 February 2021. 

Attached above is the restriction from entry 46a of Annex 17 of the REACH Regulation and a communication to explain the ruling. 

Please feel free to communicate, publish or share this email and its attachments with your members. 

If you or your members have any questions relating to this subject, please contact the EA’s Chemical Compliance Team.


Richard Troup
Senior Technical Officer
Environment Agency

Waste & Industry Regulatory Service (WIRS)

Chemical Compliance Team. (CCT)Environment Agency (DEFRA) - Nonylphenol chemical update for the Textile Sector - REACH Regulations​