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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.

  • 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 floor coverings

    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, 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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