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A Nordic Ecolabelled car or boat care product contains substances that have as little negative influence on the environment as possible. There are strict environmental and health requirements set on constituent chemicals in the products.

After use, car and boat care products are released into the aquatic environment. Properties such as biodegradability, both aerobic and anaerobic, bioaccumulation and toxicity to aquatic organisms are accordingly important environmental parameters for all constituent substances.

Another important aspect in this regard is how and where the user handles the products, and whether the products are being used by private customers or in professional car wash systems. There are therefore different requirements for professional products and products for the private market. The user must be given recommendations and instructions for use for car or boat washing, e.g. in the form of dosing recommendations and choice of wash place. There are also requirements for the type of packaging.

For calculations and for more information on chemicals, please use:

  • Fees valid from January 1st, 2019 until further notice

    Application fee:

    Application fee including one on-site inspection *) 30 000 SEK excl. VAT. Inspection of four recipes is included in the application fee.  For inspection of aditional recipes, 7 500 SEK excl. VAT per recipe will be charged.
    Renewal fee *) 15 000 SEK excl. VAT. Inspection of four recipes is included in the fee. For inspection of aditional recipes, 3 750 SEK excl. VAT per recipe will be charged.

    Annual licence fee:

    Annual Nordic licence fee**) 0,3 % of the licence's annual turnover in the Nordic countries excl. VAT
    Minimum fee for the Nordic countries 2 000 EUR annually excl. VAT
    Maximum fee for the Nordic countries 100 000 EUR annually excl. VAT
    Annual licence fee outside the Nordic countries (for licence holders with a turnover of more than 300 000 EUR of Nordic Swan ecolabelled products, sold outside the Nordic countries) 2 000 EUR annually excl. VAT

    If the Nordic Swan ecolabelled products are only sold outside the Nordic countries, a minimum fee is always charged.

    Fee for extensions/alterations of licence:

    Extension/alteration of existing licence

    Should the extension regard inspection of recipes, which are not already included in the licence, 7 500 SEK excl. VAT will be charged per recipe.

    Other types of alterations will be charged according to how long it takes to deal with the matter:
    - Less than 4 hours: 3 750 SEK excl. VAT
    - Between 4 and 8 hours: 7 500 SEK excl. VAT
    - More than 8 hours: 15 000 SEK excl. VAT

    Fees for on-site inspections:

    Extra fee for additional on-site inspection within the Nordic countries 5 000 SEK excl. VAT per visit
    On-site inspection outside the Nordic region, but within Europe***) 15 000 SEK excl. VAT per visit
    On-site inspections outside Europe***) 25 000 SEK excl. VAT per visit

    Euro rate: The exchange rate of the first day of the year is used to convert amounts in Euro to national currency:

    *) Micro enterprises are charged half the fee. A micro enterprise, according to our definition, is a company with a maximum of 10 employees and with a total turnover of €2 000 000 (including both ecolabelled and non-ecolabelled products).

    **) Corporations pay only one licence fee

    ***) There is an extra fee of 1 000 EUR per day if the inspection takes more than one day

    Fees valid from January 1st, 2018 until December 31st, 2018

    Application fee:

    Application fee including one on-site inspection *) 28 000 SEK excl. VAT. Inspection of four recipes is included in the application fee. For inspection of aditional recipes, 7 000 SEK excl. VAT per recipe will be charged.
    Renewal fee *) 14 000 SEK excl. VAT. Inspection of four recipes is included in the fee. For inspection of aditional recipes, 3 500 SEK excl. VAT per recipe will be charged.

    Annual licence fee:

    Annual Nordic licence fee**) 0,3 % of the licence's annual turnover in the Nordic countries excl. VAT
    Minimum fee for the Nordic countries 2 000 EUR annually excl. VAT
    Maximum fee for the Nordic countries 100 000 EUR annually excl. VAT
    Annual licence fee outside the Nordic countries (for licence holders with a turnover of more than 300 000 EUR of Nordic Swan ecolabelled products, sold outside the Nordic countries) 2 000 EUR annually excl. VAT

    If the Nordic Swan ecolabelled products are only sold outside the Nordic countries, a minimum fee is always charged.

    Fee for extensions/alterations of licence:

    Extension/alteration of existing licence Should the extension regard inspection of recipes, which are not already included in the licence, 7 000 SEK excl. VAT will be charged per recipe.

    Other types of alterations will be charged according to how long it takes to deal with the matter:
    - Less than 4 hours: 3 500 SEK excl. VAT
    -  Between 4 and 8 hours:   7 000 SEK excl. VAT
    - More than 8 hours: 14 000 SEK excl. VAT

    Fees for on-site inspections:

    Extra fee for additional on-site inspection within the Nordic countries 5 000 SEK excl. VAT per visit
    On-site inspection outside the Nordic region, but within Europe 14 000 SEK excl. VAT per visit
    On-site inspections outside Europe 24 000 SEK excl. VAT per visit

    Euro rate: The exchange rate of the first day of the year is used to convert amounts in Euro to national currency:

    *) Micro enterprises are charged half the fee. A micro enterprise, according to our definition, is a company with a maximum of 10 employees and with a total turnover of €2 000 000 (including both ecolabelled and non-ecolabelled products).

    **) Corporations pay only one licence fee

  • Information on the latest version of the criteria for car and boat care products

    5.8 ⇛ 5.9: Alteration and prolongation of criteria

    Appendix 9 has been altered and the criteria prolonged with 12 months. The new version, 5.8, is valid until December 31st, 2020.

    5.7 ⇛ 5.8: Alteration of criteria

    O35 Take-back system: The requirement has been removed.
    O9 Organic substances, degradability: The requirement has been adjusted.
    The new version, 5.8, is valid until December 31st, 2019.

    5.6 ⇛ 5.7: Extension of criteria's validity:

    The criteria's validity has been prolonged with 12 months. The new versionm, 5.7, is valid until December 31st 2019.

    5.5 ⇛ 5.6: Extension of criteria's validity:

    The criteria's validity has been prolonged. The new version, 5.6, is valid until December 31st 2018.

    5.4 ⇛ 5.5: Extension of criteria's validity:

    The criteria's validity has been prolonged. Also, requrement R36 has been removed. The new version, 5.5, is valid until December 31st 2016.

    5.3 ⇛ 5.4: Alteration of criteria

    R3: Professional car care products used in closed/automatic wash installations are exempted from classification Skin korr. 1A: H314 / R35 (Causes severe burns) if the classification is due to pH. Boat care products are not exempted from this classification.

  • We are so happy you decided to send in an application for the Nordic Swan Ecolabel!


    The application process starts by you downloading the application form and filling it in. You then send it to Ecolabelling Sweden.

    We will register your application and send you a confirmation. You will also be assigned an advisor who will help you through the application process.

    During this process, you will send in documentation that proves that your product can successfully meet each of Nordic Ecolabelling’s requirements for your specific product group.

    The application consists of these parts:

    • Completed application form
    • Documentation Overview
    • Documentation showing fulfilment of all requirements according to the criteria document


    Once your product has been approved – not before, you have the right to use the Nordic Swan Ecolabel in all your marketing as long as your licence is valid.

    We wish you luck with your application and, most importantly, your work towards a more sustainable world!

    For more information: "Application step by step"

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