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For many of the products there is a high exposure risk, especially for products used by children. The criteria therefore set stringent chemical requirements of the chemical element of the product, such as requirements of the classification of product and raw materials, and the limitation of VOC, halogenated organic solvents and aroma compounds.

Nordic Ecolabelled office- and hobby supplies make requirements of the use of resources by requiring a certain proportion of recycled or renewable raw materials, and by limiting the use of metal in products and packaging and by limiting the amount of packaging. The criteria require a high proportion of certified sustainable timber and bamboo.

The criteria make requirements of good quality, and for pens, refillable pencils and tape dispensers a refill system are required.

With the Nordic Ecolabelled hobby and office supplies you are assured that there are strict requirements for:
– Chemicals, such as endocrine disruptors, perfume and problematic organic solvents
– Use of recycled and renewable raw materials
– Minimal use of metal packaging
– Good quality

  • "Office and hobby supplies" is the collective term for the product groups:

    • Writing instruments and erasers
    • Tape and office/hobby glue
    • Hobby paints

    Fees are charged per product group according to the list below:

    Fees valid from January 1st, 2019 until further notice

    Application fee:

    Application fee including one on-site inspection *) 30 000 SEK excl. VAT.
    Renewal fee *) 15 000 SEK excl. VAT.

    Annual licence fee:

    Annual Nordic licence fee**) 0,3 % of the licence's annual turnover in the Nordic countries excl. VAT
    Minimum fee for the Nordic countries 2 000 EUR annually excl. VAT
    Maximum fee for the Nordic countries 100 000 EUR excl. VAT
    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 €2 000 000 (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

    "Office and hobby supplies" is the collective term for the product groups:

    • Writing instruments and erasers
    • Tape and office/hobby glue
    • Hobby paints

    Fees are charged per product group according to the list below:

    "Office and hobby supplies" is the collective term for the product groups:

    • Writing instruments and erasers
    • Tape and office/hobby glue
    • Hobby paints

    Fees are charged per product group according to the list below:

    Fees valid from January 1st, 2018 until December 31st, 2018

    Application fee:

    Application fee including one on-site inspection *) 28 000 SEK excl. VAT.
    Renewal fee *) 14 000 SEK excl. VAT.

    Annual licence fee:

    Annual Nordic licence fee**) 0,3 % of the licence's annual turnover in the Nordic countries excl. VAT
    Minimum fee for the Nordic countries 2 000 EUR annually excl. VAT
    Maximum fee for the Nordic countries 100 000 EUR excl. VAT
    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: 3 500 SEK excl. VAT
    - Between 4 and 8 hours: 7 000 SEK excl. VAT
    - More than 8 hours: 14 000 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 14 000 SEK excl. VAT per visit
    On-site inspections outside Europe 24 000 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

    "Office and hobby supplies" is the collective term for the product groups:

    • Writing instruments and erasers
    • Tape and office/hobby glue
    • Hobby paints

    Fees are charged per product group according to the list below:

  • Information on the latest version of the criteria for office and hobby supplies

    4.8 ⇛ 4.9: Alteration of criteria

    Requirement O14 has been altered regarding an exception for up to 1000 ppm phenoxyethanol. The validity of the criteria document is until 31 December 2022. The new criteria version is called 4.9.

    4.7 ⇛ 4.8: Prolongation of criteria

    The criteria have been prolonged with 24 months. The new version is called 4.8 and is valid until 31 December 2022.

    4.5 and 4.6⇛ 4.7: Alteration of criteria

    Requirement O5 has been altered regarding primary packaging and requirement O38 Return systems has been taken away. (Unpubliced version 4.6). Futhermore, requirement O7 has been altered regarding methanol from polyvinyl alcohol. The new version is called 4.7 and is valid until 31 December 2020.

    4.4 ⇛ 4.5: Alteration of criteria

    Nordic Ecolabelling Criteria Group decided on 7 June 2017 to adjust requirement O7 regarding formaldehyde in the binder of hobby paint. The validity of the criteria document is until 31 December 2020. The new criteria version is called 4.5.

    4.3 ⇛ 4.4: Alteration of criteria

    Nordic Ecolabelling Criteria Group decided on 15 May 2017 to impplement Nordic Ecolabelling's new forestry requirements as an alternative to the present forestry requirements. The validity of the criteria document is until 31 December 2020. The new criteria version is called 4.4.

    4.2 ⇛ 4.3: Prolongation of criteria

    Nordic Ecolabelling Criteria Group approved on 7 February 2017 to prolong the validity of the criteria document until 31 December 2020. The new criteria version is called 4.3.

    4.1 ⇛ 4.2: Alteration of criteria

    Adjustments have been made in requirement O6, so that the exclusion of classification with H318/R41 now only applies for products marketed to children, as well as office/hobby paints and crayons. The new version, 4.2, is valid until December 31st 2018.

    4.0 ⇛ 4.1: Alteration of criteria

    • O13: The requirement now contains hazad and r-phrases.
    • O7 & O14: Adjustments have been made in requirements O7 and O14 in relation to the use of other preservation than isothiazolinones.
    • O46: Requirement O46, Marketing, has been removed.

    The new version, 4.1, is valid until December 31st 2018.

  • We are so happy you decided to send in an application for the Nordic Swan Ecolabel!


    The application process starts by you downloading the application form and filling it in. You then send it to Ecolabelling Sweden.

    We will register your application and send you a confirmation. You will also be assigned an advisor who will help you through the application process.

    During this process, you will send in documentation that proves that your product can successfully meet each of Nordic Ecolabelling’s requirements for your specific product group.

    The application consists of these parts:

    • Completed application form
    • Documentation Overview
    • Documentation showing fulfilment of all requirements according to the criteria document


    Once your product has been approved – not before, you have the right to use the Nordic Swan Ecolabel in all your marketing as long as your licence is valid.

    We wish you luck with your application and, most importantly, your work towards a more sustainable world!

    For more information: "Application step by step"

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