Cosmetic products 090
The product group includes all the types of products that fall under the EU Cosmetics Regulation, eg. products for skin and hair care, sun protection products and decorative cosmetics. In addition, it is also possible to Nordic Ecolabel care products for animals, sex products whose composition is similar to cosmetic products (eg. lube and anal cream) and wet wipes. Products covered by the Biocides Regulation cannot be Nordic Ecolabelled.
The substances that are part of a Nordic Ecolabelled cosmetic product must live up to strict environmental and chemical requirements. This means that the use of a number of drugs is prohibited. In addition, there are requirements for the design of the packaging in order to both limit material consumption and waste of the products.
The requirements include:
* Environmental properties (degradability, bioaccumulability and toxicity to aquatic organisms) of the chemical substances used.
* No use of substances classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic, harmful to reproduction or allergenic.
* No use of substances on the EU list of substances suspected of being endocrine disruptors.
* No use of microplastics.
* No perfume in baby and baby products.
* Packaging volume and degree of emptying for different types of packaging.
For chemical calculations or for information regarding chemicals, please click on DID-list:
The cosmetic criteria document is an overall document for the commodity groups:
- Shampoos, conditioners, soaps and toothpastes
- Sun protection products
- Wet wipes
- Other types of cometic products
- Non cosmetics care products
A special fee is charged for each product group according to the following list.
Fees valid from January 1st, 2019 until further notice
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 EUR 0-50 million.
0,05% of turnover in the Nordic countries + VAT per year for EUR >50 million.
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 EUR 2 million.
**) 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.
Consulting responseSwedish / 3.9
Cosmetic 090e_3 CDV calculation Foam Soap version 7English / 3.9
Cosmetic 090e_3 CDV calculation Rinse off version 7English / 3.9
Cosmetic_090e_3_CDV_calculation_Leave On_version 12English / 3.9
Calculation sheet, WUR and emptying levelEnglish / 3.9
Information on the latest version of the criteria for cosmetic products
3.8 ⇛ 3.9: Adjustment of the criteria
Adjustment of requirement O5 Prohibited substances. The new version, 3.9, is valid until 31 December 2023.
3.7 ⇛ 3.8: Adjustment of the criteria
Adjustment of aluminum content in different product types. The new version, 3.8, is valid until 31 December 2023.
3.6 ⇛ 3.7: Adjustments and prologation of the validity of the criteria
The following requirements have been adjusted:
O4 - Sensitizing amidoamine is approved as a contaminant in Cocamidopropyl Betaine
O5 - Organic UV filters TBPT and MBBT are exempted from banning nanomaterials. Furthermore, it was stated in the background that Amorph Silica (SAS) is regarded as nanomaterial according to SCCS: opinion and is not exempted from the ban on nanoparticles.
O11 - The requirement for metals in dyes.
In addition, the period of validity of the criteria has been extended by 24 months.
The new version, 3.7, is valid until 31 December 2023.
3.5 ⇛ 3.6: Adjustment of the criteria
The pH range of the claim "mild" for toothpaste has been adjusted. At the same time, Annex 5 has been clarified. The new version, 3.6, is valid until 31 December 2021.
3.4 ⇛ 3.5: Adjustment of the criteria
Requirements O22 (Aroma and FL numbers in toothpaste and oral products), O30 (Documentation of organic raw materials) and Appendix 8 (claim mild / gentle) and background text to O20 have been changed. The new version, 3.5, is valid until 31 December 2021.
3.3 ⇛ 3.4: Adjustment of the criteria
Requirement O29 Dosability / Dosing systems end emptying level and appendices 1 och 2 have been adjusted. Some editorial errors have also been corrected in both the Swedish and the English edition of the criteria. The new version, 3.4, is valid until 31 december 2021.
3.2 ⇛ 3.3: Extension of criteria
The criteria have been extended with sex products. The new requirement can be found under the passage "Products not covered by the Cosmetic Regulation": O25b Sex products. The new version is called 3.3 and is valid until 31 December 2021.
3.1 ⇛ 3.2: Alteration of criteria
- O26 Amount of packaging: A new packaging category for plastic packaging under pressure has been added. Appendix 2 has been corrected.
- O34 The claim mild/gentle: Clarifications have been made in the requirement and in Appendix 8.
- O43 Take-back system: The requirement has been removed.
The new version is called 3.2 and is valid until 2021-12-31.
3.0 ⇛ 3.1: Alteration of criteria
- O5 Prohibited substances: Small amounts of BHT allowed in perfumes.
- Several errors in both the Swedish and the English versions were corrected.
- Appendix 2 was corrected.
The new version is called 3.1 and is valid until 2021-12-31.
3.0: New criteria generation
The new generation criteria, 3.0, was published on November 8th 2016 and is valid until December 31st 2021.
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"