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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
Fees valid from 1 January 2021
The criteria document for office and hobby supplies is an overall document for the commodity groups:
- Hobby paint and decoration materials
- Tape, glue, correction tape, etc.
- Writing instruments and erasers
Fees are charged per commodity group according to the price list below.
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.
Compilation of hearing statementsDanish / 4.12
Information on the latest version of the criteria for office and hobby supplies
4.11 ⇛ 4.12: Adjustment and prolongation of the validity of the criteria
Requirements O7 and O21 have been adjusted. In addition, the validity of the criteria has been extended by 18 months. The new version, 4.12, is valid until 30 June 2024.
4.10 ⇛ 4.11: Adjustment of criteria
Requirements O7 and O14 have been adjusted regarding an exemption for ethylhexylglycerine as a preservative aid. The new version, 4.11, is valid until 31 December 2022.
4.9 ⇛ 4.10: Adjustment of criteria
Requirement O14 has once again been adjusted regarding an exception for up to 10000 ppm phenoxyethanol. The validity of the criteria document is until 31 December 2022. The new criteria version is called 4.10.
4.8 ⇛ 4.9: Adjustment 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.
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 email@example.com 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!