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Floor coverings 029

A Nordic Swan Ecolabelled floor covering:

• Has a high proportion of renewable and/or recycled materials.

• Meets stringent requirements on chemicals harmful to health and the environment

• Guarantees low emissions and a good indoor environment.

• Has been manufactured energy efficiently.

• Has good durability.

  • Valid from 1 January 2021 Amount excluding VAT

    Application fee

    Application for a new licence 3 000 EUR.
    Application for a renewed licence when the requirements have been tightened 1 500 EUR.

    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 30 million EUR.
    The fee is 0,05 % of the products' turnover in the Nordic countries for the amount exceeding 30 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

    Fixed fee that is charged depending on 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 floor coverings

    6.9 ⇛ 6.10: Prolongation

    Nordic Ecolabelling decided on 5 April 2022 to prolong the validity of the criteria to the 31 December 2024. The new version is called 6.10.

    6.8 ⇛ 6.9: Adjustments of the criteria

    Requirement O19 has been adjusted for adhesives containing isocyanates. These are exempted from classification H373. The new version is called 6.9.

    6.7 ⇛ 6.8: Adjustments of the criteria

    Requirement O31 has been adjusted regarding UV-curing surface treatment products. The new version is called 6.8.

    6.6 ⇛ 6.7: Adjustments of the criteria

    Requirement O4 has been adjusted according to the new wood list over prohibited and restricted tree species and O19 has been adjusted regarding titanium dioxide. The new version is called 6.7.

    6.5 ⇛ 6.6: Prolongation

    The validity of the criteria Group has been prolonged with 18 months to the 30 June 2023. The new version is called 6.6.

    6.4 ⇛ 6.5: Adjustments of the criteria

    Requirements O19, O22, O31 and O32 have been adjusted as to halogenated sustances. The new version, 6.5, is valid until December 31st, 2021.

    6.3 ⇛ 6.4: Adjustments of the criteria

    Requirements O19 and O27 have been adjusted to harmonize with the corresponding requirements in the criteria of Nordic Ecolabelling for Textiles. The new version, 6.4, is valid until December 31st, 2021.

    6.2 ⇛ 6.3: Prolongation

    Nordic Ecolabelling’s Criteria Group decided on 14 December 2017 to prolong the criteria with 24 months to the 31 December 2021
    The new version is called 6.3.

    6.1 ⇛ 6.2: Adjustments of the criteria

    • O5: The share of raw material (wood and bamboo) from certified areas has been changed to 50 per cent.
    • O22: An exemption for polymerized vinylchloride in sealants and adhesives, in concentrations up to 2,0 weight% has been introduced.

    The new version, 6.2, is valid until December 31st, 2019.

    6.0 ⇛ 6.1: Adjustments of the criteria

    The following adjustments have been introduced:

    • For requirement O17 the limit is raised to 15% by weight.
    • And exception is introduced in O22 to clarify that epoxy acrylate in UV-varnishes are not banned or restricted.
    • Requirement O38 on durability are completed with a calculation method regarding parquet flooring.
    • An error on Appendix 9 regarding CMR-substances is corrected.

    Version 6.1 is valid until December 31st 2019.

    6.0: New criteria generation

    A new generation of Nordic Ecolabel's criteria for floor coverings has been published. Version 6.0 of the criteria is valid until December 31st 2019.

  • 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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