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Disposable bags, tubes and accessories for health care 098

Products that can be labelled are disposable products and accessories for dialysis, intravenous infusion treatment, treatment of urinary retention and incontinence, blood bags and ostomy pouches.

A Nordic Swan Ecolabelled disposable product for healthcare meets strict chemical requirements. These include adhesive used in the product and additives to the plastic, such as plasticisers, dyes and antioxidants. Quality and safety requirements are set to ensure that the products are safe to use and work as intended. The requirements include:

  • Prohibition of the materials PVC and latex
  • The siloxanes D4, D5 and D6 is not allowed in silicone, but can be in the silicone as contaminants in limited amounts
  • Adding phthalates to the plastic is prohibited
  • Chemicals classified as environmentally harmful, toxic, allergenic, endocrine disruptors and CMR (carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic for reproduction) cannot be added to the plastic or be part of the adhesive
  • Product and parts must comply with EU Medical Products Directive (2001/83 / EC) and/or Medical Devices Regulation (2017/745 / EU)
  • Fees valid from 1 January 2021

    Application fee

    Application fee including one on-site inspection within the Nordic region *) 30 000 SEK excl. VAT.
    Renewal fee *) 15 000 SEK excl. VAT.

    Annual licence fee

    Annual Nordic licence fee**) 0.3% of turnover + VAT
    from 0 – 30 million EUR 
    0.05% of turnover + VAT
    > 30 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 The fee is based on how long it takes to handle 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. A micro enterprise, according to our definition, is a company with a maximum of 10 employees and with a total turnover of 2 million EUR (including both ecolabelled and non-ecolabelled products).

    **) 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 disposable bags, tubes and accessories for health care

    2.1 ⇛ 2.2: Adjustment of criteria

    Requirement O5 has been adjusted. The new version, 2.2, is valid until 31 December 2023.

    2.0 ⇛ 2.1: Adjustment of criteria

    The criteria have been adjusted for exceptions for dyes classified as H317. The new version, 2.1, is valid until 31 December 2023.

    1.8 ⇛ 2.0: New criteria generation

    The criteria for disposable bags, tubes and accessories for health care have been revised. The new version, 2.0 is valid until 31 Decenmber 2023.

    1.7 ⇛ 1.8: Prolongation of the validity of the criteria

    The criteria for disposable bags, tubes and accessories for health care have been prolonged with 6 months. The new version, 1.8, is valid until 31 Decenmber 2020.

    1.6 ⇛ 1.7: Prolongation of the validity of the criteria

    The criteria for disposable bags, tubes and accessories for health care have been prolonged. At the same time, requirement R6 Recycling system, was removed. The new version, 1.7, is valid until June 30, 2020.

    1.5 ⇛ 1.6: Prolongation of the validity of the criteria

    The criteria for disposable bags, tubes and accessories for health care have been prolonged. At the same time, requirement R7 Marketing, was removed. The new version, 1.6, is valid until March 31, 2019.

    1.4 ⇛ 1.5: Prolongation of the validity of the criteria

    The validity of Nordic Ecolabel's criteria for disposable bags, tubes and accessories for health care has been extended. The new version, 1.5, is valid until December 31, 2017.

  • 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 portal@svanen.se 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!

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