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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:

  • 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.
     

    Valid from 1 January 2023 Amount excluding VAT

    Application fee

    Application for a new licence 3 114 EUR. Inspection of four recipes is included in the application fee. For inspection of additional recipes, 778 EUR per recipe will be charged.
    Application for a renewed licence when the requirements have been tightened 1 557 EUR. Inspection of four recipes is included in the fee. For inspection of additional recipes, 389 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 50 million EUR.
    The fee is 0,05 % of the products' turnover in the Nordic countries for the amount exceeding 50 million EUR.
    Minimum fee in the Nordic countries 2 076 EUR per year.
    Fixed fee that is added for sales outside the Nordic countries 2 076 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, 778 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 389 EUR
    4–8 hours 778 EUR
    8 or more hours 1 557 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 519 EUR per visit.
    On-site inspection outside the Nordic region, but within Europe 1 557 EUR per visit.
    On-site inspection outside Europe 2 595 EUR per visit.
    Additional fee for on-site inspections lasting longer than one day 1 038 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.

     

    Valid from 1 January 2019 Amount excluding VAT

    Application fee

    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 50 million EUR.
    The fee is 0,05 % of the products' turnover in the Nordic countries for the amount exceeding 50 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.

     

  • Information on the latest version of the criteria for cleaning products

    6.9 ⇛ 6.10: Adjustment of requirements

    On October 18, 2022, Nordic Ecolabelling decided to adjust requirement O27 and change the permitted amount of EVOH in flexible plastic bags from 2% to 5%.

    The new version is called 6.10 and is valid to 31 December 2024.

    6.8 ⇛ 6.9: Adjustment of requirements

    • Time-limited exemption from the monomaterial requirement (O27) for pouches in closed-system dosing until 31 December 2023;
    • Exemption is made for TPE-PE in fittings for pouches in closed-system automatic dosing;
    • Clarification that products containing microorganisms are only for the professional market and only for indoor use.

    The new version is called 6.9 and is valid to 31 December 2024.

    6.7 ⇛ 6.8: Adjustment of requirements

    Nordic Ecolabelling decided on 29 March 2022 to adjust requirements O11 and O21 by also exempting H411 classified suffactants from the requirement. The new version is called 6.8 and is valid until 31 December 2024.

    6.6 ⇛ 6.7: Prolongation and adjustment of requirements

    The validity of the criteria document has been prolonged with 14 months and requirement O26 has been adjusted. The new version is called 6.7 and is valid until 31 December 2024.

    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, R14About 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, 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.

    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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