Care products for vehicles 013
Products that have a cleaning function (e.g. degreasers, shampoos and windscreen washer fluids) and / or polishing function (e.g. waxes or polishes) for the care of cars, buses, trucks, boats, ships, motorcycles, bicycles and equivalent and trains and other rail transport 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:
Valid from 1 January 2021 Amount excluding VAT
Application for a new licence 3 000 EUR. Inspection of four recipes is included in the application fee. For inspection of additional recipes, 750 EUR per recipe will be charged. Application for a renewed licence when the requirements have been tightened 1 500 EUR. Inspection of four recipes is included in the fee. For inspection of additional recipes, 375 EUR per recipe will be charged.
Annual licence fee
The licence fee for the Nordic Swan Ecolabelled products is based on their turnover in the Nordic countries The fee is 0,3 % of the products' turnover in the Nordic countries up to 30 million EUR.
The fee is 0,05 % of the products' turnover in the Nordic countries for the amount exceeding 30 million EUR.
Minimum fee in the Nordic countries 2 000 EUR per year. Fixed fee that is added for sales outside the Nordic countries 2 000 EUR per year if the turnover exceeds 300 000 EUR.
Fee for extension / change of licence
Should the extension regard inspection of recipes, which are not already included in the licence, 750 EUR will be charged per recipe. Other types of alterations will be charged a fixed fee according to how long the work takes.
Up to 4 hours 375 EUR. 4–8 hours 750 EUR. 8 or more hours 1 500 EUR.
Fee for on-site inspections
One on-site inspection in the Nordic countries is included when applying for a new or renewed licence.
Additional on-site inspection within the Nordic countries 500 EUR per visit. On-site inspection outside the Nordic region, but within Europe 1 500 EUR per visit. On-site inspection outside Europe 2 500 EUR per visit. Additional fee for on-site inspections lasting longer than one day 1 000 EUR per day.
Ecolabelling Sweden AB has no financial profit purpose and is financed through the fees above along with an annual government grant. The company is however liable for VAT according to article 56 of the European Council Directive 2006/112/EC.
Invoicing is made in SEK with the exchange rate from the first banking day of the year.
When both the applicant and the manufacturer are micro-enterprises, the application fee is reduced by 50%. A micro-enterprise is in this context defined as an enterprise with less than 10 employees and an annual turnover (of both ecolabelled and not ecolabelled products) below 2 million EUR.
Criteria documentNorwegian / 5.12
Writable declarations, gen. 5Norwegian / 5.12
Criteria documentSwedish / 6.9
Writable declarationsSwedish / 6.9
Folder structureSwedish / 5.12
Criteria documentEnglish / 5.12
Criteria documentEnglish / 6.9
Writable declarations, gen 5English / 5.12
Writable declarationsEnglish / 6.9
Folder structureEnglish / 5.12
Information on the latest version of the criteria for care products for vehicles
6.8 ⇛ 6.9: Adjustment of criteria
During spring 2022 Nordic Ecolabelling decided to adjust requirements by exempting H411 classified surfactants; the ban on metal in certain technical parts in spray bottles in requirement O16 was exempted; and finally, it was decided to include products for motorocycles, bicycles and equvivalent in the product group definition. Appendices 1-3, 6 and 9 are affected.
The new version is called 6.9.
6.7 ⇛ 6.8: Adjustment of criteria
The adjustment applies to bronopol and hydrocarbons, annex 2 and 3 are affected.
The new version is called 6.8.
6.6 ⇛ 6.7: Adjustment of criteria
In requirement O6, iminodisuccinate as well as rosinic acid and unsaponifiable substances in tall oil have been added to the list of compounds that are exempt from the degradability requirement.
The new version is called 6.7.
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.
5.11 ⇛ 5.12: Prolongation of the validity of the criteria
The validity of the criteria has been prolonged with 6 months. The new version, 5.12, is valid until 30 September 2022.
5.10 ⇛ 5.11: Prolongation of the validity of the criteria
The validity of the criteria has been prolonged with 6 months. The new version, 5.11, is valid until 31 March 2022.
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, 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.
When you have filled in the power of attorney, you will receive an e-mail from us with your login credentials.
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!