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  1. Application step by step

Application step by step

Congratulations, this is the first step to starting the process of getting your product or service Nordic Swan Ecolabelled – an ecolabel recognized by almost everyone in Sweden.

You can Nordic Swan Ecolabel several hundred different types of goods and services. Start by checking whether there are environmental requirements for your product or service. You do this by finding the right criteria document in the list below.

About every four years, we tighten the requirements for using the Nordic Swan Ecolabel. We do this for your customers so they can be confident that only the very best goods and services are Nordic Swan Ecolabelled.

Is this the first time you will apply for a licence?

If so, an authorised signatory in your company must approve the terms and conditions for the Nordic Ecolabelling Portal. Then you will get a login to the portal and the right to assign access to other colleagues.

Please, fill in the power of attorney.

When you have filled in the power of attorney, you will receive an e-mail from us with your login credentials.

How to get a licence in three steps

    • Log in to the Nordic Ecolabelling Portal and fill in and digitally sign the application form. Ensure that you give the application a recognizable name for your own organisation and a clear description to Nordic Ecolabelling about the application. Choose the right application type:
      • New if you want to apply for a new licence with one or more products.
      • Extension if you want to add more products to an existing licence.
      • Change if you want to change anything within an existing licence, i.e., change of mateials or formulation of a product and change of which countries a product is sold. 
    • Add the products you want to apply for in the portal.
    • For some products groups you can upload all documentation to answer each requirement for your product directly in the portal. For other products groups you will have to send in the documentation by e-mail to the advicer you are / have been assigned. If the requirements for your product group are not in the portal, you need to download the criteria document, see link above.
    • If you have problems with your application, contact your advisor. Together, we ensure that your application is complete and can be processed quickly.
    • In general, you can apply for several products at the same time. But if the products are being produced at different production sites, they will usually require individual licences.
    • Ecolabelling Sweden will give you feedback no later than three weeks after you have submitted all the documentation. We will notify you if additional documentation is needed or if there is a need to change something related to the application to meet the requirements for Nordic Ecolabelling. All applications are treated confidentially.
    • When all documentation is in order, we will book an appointment with you for an on-sight audit. We will check that the production is in line with what is described in your documentation.
    • If things appear to be in order, a technical review of your application will be initiated.
    • When your application has passed the technical review and the last administrative details have been handled, you will be granted your licence.
    • Having obtained the licence means that you can start using the Nordic Swan Ecolabel on your product or in relation to your service. Here you will find the rules and regulations for the Nordic Swan Ecolabelling.
    • Usually, Ecolabelling Sweden will spend 2 to 6 months to process your application. If the processing time takes longer, this is normally because documentation is lacking. Your application is valid for one year, and after this, it will be cancelled if all relevant documentation is not received. You are always welcome to submit a new application.

Fees for the Nordic Swan Ecolabel

Ecolabelling Sweden is a state-owned company that is run without profit. But ecolabelling requires resources to be able to review applications, develop new tough environmental requirements and continue to contribute to an increasing number of consumers and purchasers choosing products with the Nordic Swan Ecolabel. Therefore, we charge an application fee when we have received an application and later a licence fee for the right to use the Nordic Swan Ecolabel.

How to register sales in several countries

You must always report which countries you market your product and the estimated annual revenue per country in the Nordic region - as well as the total revenue from countries outside the Nordic region.

You must always inform us of changes regarding the countries in which your product or service is marketed.

In the case of services, you can apply for registration of sales to other countries by making an application for a "Change". You do this by logging in to the portal and creating a new case. Select "Change", select your licence, select "Add product" and then tick the countries you want to add and how much you expect to sell in a calendar year.

Do you have questions?

Get in touch with us for a non-binding discussion about the requirements for your product, fees and the application process. That usually ends up saving all of us some time in end. You can find the contact information here.