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:
Valid from 1 January 2021 Amount excluding VAT
Application for a new licence 3 000 EUR. Inspection of four recipes is included in the application fee. For inspection of additional recipes, 750 EUR per recipe will be charged. Application for a renewed licence when the requirements have been tightened 1 500 EUR. Inspection of four recipes is included in the fee. For inspection of additional recipes, 375 EUR per recipe 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 recipes, which are not already included in the licence, 750 EUR will be charged per recipe. 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 laundry detergents and stain removers
8.3 ⇛ 8.4: Adjustment of the criteria
On the 29 March 2022 Nordic Ecolabelling decided to adjust requirement O11 by also exempting H411 classified surfactants from the requirement.
The new version is called 8.4.
8.2 ⇛ 8.3: Adjustment of the criteria
Adjustment of requirement O11 on exemption for hydrogen peroxide, in requirement O15 the washing instructions were updated to "preferably washed with a full machine" and a spelling error was corrected in IEC-P's reference formulation in Appendix 5A.
The new version is called 8.3
8.1 ⇛ 8.2: Adjustment 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: Adjustment 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.
7.13 ⇛ 7.14: Prolongation of validity of criteria
The criteria's validity has been prolonged with 3 months. The new version, 7.14, is valid until November 30, 2021.
7.12 ⇛ 7.13: Adjustment 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: Adjustment 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: Adjustment 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, 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.
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!