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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 criteria document for cosmetic products is an overall document for the commodity groups:

    • Shampoo, conditioner, soap and toothpaste.
    • Sunscreen and after-sun products.
    • Wet wipes.
    • Other cosmetic products.
    • Products outside the scope of the Cosmetics Regulation.

    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 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 cosmetic products

    3.9 ⇛ 3.10: Adjustment to the criteria

    The following requirements have been adjusted:

    • O4 Classification of constituent substances. A time-limited exemption for titanium dioxide has been introduced.
    • O5 Substances that may not be included in the product: antibacterial, disinfectant and antimicrobial substances (excluding preservatives) were added to the list of prohibited substances for clarification (the substances were already excluded by requirement O13).
    • O13 Preservatives and antibacterial agents were adjusted for clarification.
    • O32 Information text. Specific products were adjusted so that wet wipes marked in accordance with the EU Disposable Plastics Directive are exempted from the requirement.• 

    The new version, 3.10, is valid until December 31, 2023.

    3.8 ⇛ 3.9: Adjustment to the criteria

    Adjustment of requirement O5 Prohibited substances. The new version, 3.9, is valid until 31 December 2023.

    3.7 ⇛ 3.8: Adjustment to 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 to 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 to 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 to 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 the 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: Adjustment to the 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: Adjustment to the 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.

  • 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!

Hedvig Bergqvist Advisor +46 (0)8-55 55 24 57