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Nordic Swan Ecolabelled cleaning products are among the best cleaning products in terms of environmental profile. The whole life cycle of the products is taken into account and strict requirements are set concerning the environmental and health effects of the constituent substances and with regard to packaging. The use phase and raw material extraction are also taken into account in the requirements.
Nordic Swan Ecolabelled cleaning products:
- Meet strict requirements concerning environmentally hazardous chemicals, including requirements on ecotoxicity and biodegradability
- Meet strict requirements concerning chemicals that are harmful to health, including a ban on the sensitising preservative MI
- Offer effective cleaning performance with a small amount, so the product lasts longer and conserves the planet’s resources.
- Packaging requirements contribute to a circular economy, for example by addressing packaging design and material choices.
For calculations and for more information on chemicals, please click on DID-list:
Fees valid from 1 January 2019
The criteria document for cleaning products is an overall document for the commodity groups:
- Floor- and All-purpose cleaners
- Kitchen, glass, mirrors and blank surfaces
- Outdoor and special cleaning products
- Sanitary cleaners
If you have several products within the same commodity group that are manufactured in the same production site, they are considered as one single licence. Application fees are paid per licence while the annual fee is paid across all licences in the product group.
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 additional 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 additional recipes, 3 750 SEK excl. VAT per recipe will be charged.
Annual licence fee
Annual Nordic licence fee**) 0,3% of turnover in the Nordic countries + VAT per year for 0 - 50 million EUR.
0,05% of turnover in the Nordic countries + VAT per year for > 50 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. In order for the discount to be paid, both the applicant and the production site must meet the definition of a micro-enterprise, i.e. have a maximum of ten employees and a total turnover (of both ecolabelled and non-ecolabelled products) under 2 million EUR.
**) 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 cleaning products
6.5 ⇛ 6.6: Adjustment of requirements
- Clarification of packaging requirements for concentrated products for refilling RTU bottles that are always diluted at least 10 times by the user of the finished product.
- Plastic packaging larger than 200 liters is exempt from the requirement for recycling design (O26).
The new version is called 6.6.
6.4 ⇛ 6.5: Prolongation and adjustment of requirements
The validity of the criteria document has been prolonged and requirement O26 has been adjusted. The new version is called 6.5 and is valid until 31 October 2023.
6.3 ⇛ 6.4: Adjustment of requirements
Requirement O7 has been clarified with regard to denaturants in ethanol in the VOC exemption. Furthermore, metal parts are allowed in pumps since requirement O27 har been adjusted. The new version is called 6.4.
6.2 ⇛ 6.3: Adjustment of requirements
For requirement O27, it has been decided on a transition period for monomaterial in pouches. The new version is called 6.3.
6.1 ⇛ 6.2: Adjustment of requirements
The packaging requirements O26, O27 and O28 have been harmonized with the corresponding requirements in 006 Textile detergent. Adjustment of requirements regarding super concentrates and updating of product group demarcation and overall text on ecotoxicity and biodegradability. The efficiency test has also been adjusted. The new version is called 6.2.
6.0 ⇛ 6.1: Adjustment of requirements
In requirement O7, an exception for perfumes in the subgroup VOC has been added. The new version is called 6.1.
6.0: New generation of criteria
A new generation of criteria for Celaning Products has been adopted. The new version 6.0 is valid until 31 October 2022.
5.6 ⇛ 5.7: Prolongation of criteria's validity
The criteria's validity has been prolonged with 3 months but only for film forming floor vare products. The new version 5.7 is valid until February 28th 2021.
5.5 ⇛ 5.6: Prolongation of criteria's validity
The criteria's validity has been prolonged with 6 months. The new version 5.6 is valid until November 30th 2020.
5.4 ⇛ 5.5: Prolongation of criteria's validity
The criteria's validity has been prolonged with 7 months. Also, requirement R20 Take-back system was removed. The new version 5.5 is valid until May 31st 2020.
5.3 ⇛ 5.4: Alteration and prolongation of criteria's validity
At the Nordic Ecolabelling board meeting on 8 November 2016 it was according to evaluation decided to add outdoor window cleaners, oven cleaners and wash polish/wash-and-wax care products to the product group definition. References to the outdated legislation were also removed. Nordic Swan Ecolabelling's Criteria Group decided per capsulam on 21 December 2016 to extend the criteria by 9
months. The new version is called 5.4 and is valid until 31 October 2019.
5.2 ⇛ 5.3: Prolongation of criteria's validity
The criteria's validity has been prolonged with 9 months. Also, requirement R27 Marketing was removed. The new version 5.3 is valid until December 31st 2017.
5.1 ⇛ 5.2: New definition of the product group
The definition of the product group "Cleaning products" has been changed since it is now possible to ecolabel also cleaning products for the professional market containing microorganisms. Therefor, changes has been made to requirements R5 and appendix 3, 4 and 5 and inclusion of a new requirement, R14: About microorganisms. Editiorial adjustments of requirements R12 and R19 has been done at the same time. The new version is valid until March 31st 2017.
5.0 ⇛ 5.1: Clarification of the definition of foam products
- R5: Foam products are considered Ready-to-use products, but are not considered spray products and must therefore fulfil criteria as RTUs.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!