Office and hobby supplies 057
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
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.
Valid from 1 January 2021 Amount excluding VAT
Application for a new licence 3 000 EUR. Application for a renewed licence when the requirements have been tightened 1 500 EUR.
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
Fixed fee that is charged depending on 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.
Compilation of hearing statementsDanish / 4.14
Information on the latest version of the criteria for office and hobby supplies
4.7 ⇛ 4.8: Prolongation of the validity of the criteria
The validity of the criteria has been prolonged with 12 months. The new version is called 4.14 and is valid until 31 December 2025.
4.12 ⇛ 4.13: Adjustment of the criteria
Requirement O7 has been adjusted for exemptions for preservatives and a new exemption for acute tox 4. In addition, requirement O14 has been adjusted for permitted amounts and classifications and specific requirements for isothiazolinones have been deleted. The new version is 4.13.
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, 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!