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Car, boat and train care products 013

Products that have a cleaning effect and / or polishing function for the care of cars, buses, trucks, boats, ships, trains and other rail transport vehicles can be Nordic Swan Ecolabelled.

The requirements include:

  • Environmental properties (ecotoxicity and biodegradability) of the chemicals used in the products.
  • Health properties of the chemicals used in the products. For example, no use of CMR-classified substances and various particularly problematic substances such as SVHC substances and endocrine disruptors.
  • Efficiency tests
  • Limitation of the content of volatile organic compounds that can contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone
  • Recyclable design of the packaging
  • Increased use of sustainable renewable raw materials

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

  • Fees valid from 1 January 2021

    Application fee

    Application fee including one on-site inspection within the Nordic region*) 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 turnover + VAT from 0 – 30 million EUR 
    0.05% of turnover + VAT > 30 million EUR
    Minimum fee for the Nordic countries 2 000 EUR annually excl. VAT
    Maximum fee for the Nordic countries No maximum fee
    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.

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

    6.5 ⇛ 6.6: Adjustment of criteria

    Adjustments regarding the following requirements have been made:

    • O7 regarding solvents in cold degreasing products.

    • O16 regarding which types of plastic are allowed in the trigger for the spray bottle.

    The new version is called 6.6.

    6.4 ⇛ 6.5: Adjustment of criteria

    Adjustments in requirement O20 have been made:

    • Pigments that are added to UV blockers and that do not make up more than 10 ppm of the packaging (without closure) are exempted from the ban on pigments in PET.

    • Lubricant in spray bottle triggers is exempt from the ban on silicone in closures. 

    The new version is called 6.5.

    6.3 ⇛ 6.4: Adjustment of criteria

    Adjustments regarding the following requirements have been made:

    • O16 only applies to plastic packaging for less than 200 liters.

    • O18b only applies to spray products for interior cleaning.

    • O20 has been adjusted so that the efficiency of rinse aid, rinsing wax and combi wax that are part of a system together with other Nordic Swan Ecolabelled cleaning or that polishing products can also be documented with a function test.

    The new version is called 6.4.

    6.2 ⇛ 6.3: Adjustment of criteria

    Requirement O4 Classification of the product has been adjusted for products for professional use that can now be classified with H314 Skin Corr. 1B or 1C. Requirement O19 User information has been corrected so the word "concentrated" has been removed. The new version is called 6.3.

    6.1 ⇛ 6.2: Adjustment of criteria

    Requirement O7 Substances that may not be included in the product has been adjusted as the REACH list is no longer included in the requirement. The new version is called 6.2.

    6.0 ⇛ 6.1: Adjustment of criteria

    Requirement O16 Recycling design of plastic packaging and closures has been adjusted for wafers and seals. The new version, 6.1, is valid until on June 30, 2025.

    6.0: New generation published 

    The Nordic Ecolabelling Board has decided on a new generation where the product group has been expanded to also include train care products. The new generation 6 is valid until on June 30, 2025.

    5.9 ⇛ 5.10: Prolongation of the validity of the criteria

    The validity of the criteria has been prolonged with 9 months. The new version, 5.10, is valid until 30 September 2021.

    5.8 ⇛ 5.9: Alteration and prolongation of criteria

    Appendix 9 has been altered and the criteria prolonged with 12 months. The new version, 5.9, 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.

  • In order to use the Nordic Swan Ecolabel in your marketing, you must have a valid Nordic Swan Ecolabel licence. Please log in to The Nordic Ecolabelling Portal to apply for a licence. You are free to use the Nordic Swan Ecolabel in all of your marketing from the date of approval until your licence expires.

    Go to The Nordic Ecolabelling Portal and start your application process! If this is the first time you apply, please contact portal@svanen.se to receive login information for the Portal.

    Start by going through the requirements and fees that apply to your specific product group. These can be found above.

    In some cases, you must use our separate application form. For example, the form must be used in cases where the producer and licensee are two separate companies, or if you wish to cancel a licence. Please contact your advisor in these cases, or if you are unsure what applies to you. The form to be used in these special cases can be downloaded here.

    For more details on the application process, please head to our application guide: "Application step by step".

    Good luck with your application!

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