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Nordic Ecolabelled imaging equipment products (copiers, digital duplicators, facsimile machines, multifunction devices (MFD), printers, scanners) are amongst the least environmental harmful products in their category, since they meet a number of environmental requirements.

The environmental problems associated with imaging equipment derive mainly from power consumption during use and from disposal of the products as waste. Furthermore they represent a source of pollution in the working environment through the generation of heat, emissions to air and noise.

The requirements that the appliances must fulfil before a Nordic Ecolabel can be granted, focus on the following aspects:
– low energy consumption
– plastic materials and additives, e.g. flame retardants
– duplex printing and consumables during usage
– recycling of discharged products
– emissions of pollutants (also noise) in working areas
– packaging material

International cooperation

In version 6 of the criteria, the harmonization ambition between different recognized international ecolabelling schemes continued with the Blue Angel. This was because Eco Mark did not during the revision to version 6 have any new criteria since the revision to version 5, while the Blue Angel had a draft for new criteria. Also the EU Ecolabel criteria for imaging equipment had a draft which has partly been harmonized with.

  • Valid from 1 January 2021 Amount excluding VAT

    Application fee

    Application for a new licence 3 000 EUR. Inspection of 2 production series (same technology/ design/materials) is included in the application fee. For inspection of additional series, 1 500 EUR per series will be charged.
    Application for a renewed licence when the requirements have been tightened 1 500 EUR. Inspection of 2 production series is included in the fee. For inspection of additional series, 750 EUR per series 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 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

    Should the extension regard inspection of production series, which are not already included in the licence, 1 500 EUR will be charged per series. 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 imaging equipment

    6.6 ⇛ 6.7: Prolongation of criteria

    The validity of the criteria has been prolonged with 24 months. The new version, 6.7, is valid until 30 June 2023.

    6.5 ⇛ 6.6: Prolongation of criteria

    The validity of the criteria has been prolonged with 6 months. The new version, 6.6, is valid until 30 June 2021.

    6.4 ⇛ 6.5: Prolongation of criteria

    • The requirement on take-back system, O31, has been removed.
    • The validity of the criteria has been prolonged with 12 months. The new version, 6.5, is valid until 31 December 2020.

    6.3 ⇛ 6.4: Alteration of criteria

    • The criteria will continue to be harmonized with the Blue angel's revised criteria.
    • Products that use ink-jet technology are exempted from O18.

    The new version is called 6.4

    6.2 ⇛ 6.3: Prolongation of criteria

    • A minor editorial change has been introduced in requirement O12.
    • The requirement on marketing, O33, has been removed.
    • The validity of the criteria has been prolonged. The new version, 6.3, is valid until December 31st, 2019.

    6.1 ⇛ 6.2: Alteration of criteria

    • O7–O11: The requirements regarding plastics in casings and their components have been altered. The requirements have been clarified that it is for plastics in casings and their components. The new version, 6.2, is valid until June 30th 2016

    6.0 ⇛ 6.1: Alteration of criteria

    A new version of the Nordic Ecolabel criteria for imaging equipment have been published due to an alteration of the criterium for plasticizer in external electric cables. A revision has been made to adapt the criterium in relation to the production of the cable. A tolerance level for pollution is introduced as well as a definition of what is regarded as pollution.

  • 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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