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Laundry detergents and stain removers 006

Nordic Ecolabelling sets strict chemical requirements for environment and health as well as packaging for Nordic Swan Ecolabelled detergents and stain removers. In addition, the Nordic Ecolabelling promotes the use of sustainably produced renewable raw materials so that it will increase. At the same time, satisfactory performance must be documented through standardized testing.

The requirements include:

  • Environmental properties (ecotoxicity and biodegradability) of the chemicals used in the products.
  • Health properties of the chemicals used in the products. E.g., no use of CMR classified substances and various specifically problematic substances such as SVHCs and endocrine disruptors.
  • Performance testing.
  • Recyclable design of the packaging.
  • Increased use of sustainable renewable raw materials including RSPO palm oil.

For chemical calculations or for information regarding chemicals, please use:

  • Fees valid from 1 January 2021

    Application fee

    Application fee including one on-site inspection within the Nordic region *) 30 000 SEK excl. VAT. Inspection of four recipes is included in the application fee. For inspection of additional recipes, 7 500 SEK excl. VAT per recipe will be charged.
    Renewal fee *) 15 000 SEK excl. VAT. Inspection of four recipes is included in the fee. For inspection of additional recipes, 3 750 SEK excl. VAT per recipe will be charged.

    Annual licence fee

    Annual Nordic licence fee**) 0.3% of turnover + VAT from EUR 0–30 million 
    0.05% of turnover + VAT > EUR 30 million
    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 Should the extension regard inspection of recipes, which are not already included in the licence, 7 500 SEK excl. VAT will be charged per recipe.

    Other types of alterations will be charged according to how long it takes to deal with 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 €2 000 000 (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 laundry detergents and stain removers

    8.1 ⇛ 8.2: Alteration of the criteria

    Adjustment of requirement O5 for a transition period for titanium dioxide and requirement O20 on membranes for thermoplastic elastomers.

    The new version is called 8.2.

    8.0 ⇛ 8.1: Alteration of the criteria

    Requirements for cardboard packaging for liquid products have been introduced. Furthermore, a clarification regarding titanium dioxide has been decided on in requirement O5. Prohibitions on substances listed under Reach Annex XVII have been removed in requirement O6. The exception for testing secondary effects for liquid detergents without bleach has been changed (see Appendix 5A, section 4.3).

    The new version is called 8.1.

    7.12 ⇛ 8.0 Revision of criteria

    Nordic Ecolabelling decided on revising criteria for laundry detergents and stain removers on the 19 December 2019. Version 8.0 is valid until 31 December 2024.

    7.12 ⇛ 7.13: Alteration of the criteria

    An exception for TMP in self-dissolving PVA has been introduced in requirement K3. The new version, 7.13, is valid until 31 August 2021.

    7.11 ⇛ 7.12: Prolongation of validity of criteria

    The criteria's validity has been prolonged with 6 months. The new version, 7.12, is valid until August 31, 2021.

    7.10 ⇛ 7.11: Prolongation of validity of criteria

    The criteria's validity has been prolonged with 4 months. The new version, 7.11, is valid until February 28, 2021.

    7.9 ⇛ 7.10: Prolongation of validity of criteria

    The criteria's validity has been prolonged with 7 months. At the same time requirement R27 Take-back systems was removed. The new version, 7.10, is valid until October 31, 2020.

    7.8 ⇛ 7.9: Prolongation of validity of criteria

    The criteria's validity has been prolonged with 21 months. The new version, 7.9, is valid until March 31, 2020.

    7.7 ⇛ 7.8: Prolongation of validity of criteria

    The criteria's validity has been prolonged with 24 months. The new version, 7.8, is valid until June 30, 2018.

    7.6 ⇛ 7.7: Alteration of criteria

    • R10: An exemption for the enzyme protease has been made in the requirement R10. The new version, 7.7, is valid until December 31, 2017.

    7.5 ⇛ 7.6: Alteration of criteria

    • Version 7.6 of the criteria has been updated with a number of clarifications regarding reference dosage, unit based detergents like tablets and capsules, products with multiple fields of application, test machines etc.
    • The CDV calculation sheet has been updated so it is now more evident that functional unit and reference dosage is the same in the WUR calculation.
  • 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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