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Outdoor furniture and playground equipment 073

The purpose of the criteria is to secure low environmental impact in the production and use of outdoor furniture and playground equipment. The environmental requirements have been drawn up from a life cycle perspective and have been formulated to ensure minimum environmental impact during production, use and in the waste phase. Requirements have accordingly primarily been imposed with respect to the following:

  • a) Wood raw materials from sustainable forestry operations.
  • b) The use of recycled plastic and metal raw materials and a design that permits the re-use of plastic and metal.
  • c) The use of chemicals with a lower environmental impact.
  • d) Good performance properties (safety, strength and stability).

The Nordic Ecolabelled product must be accompanied by information on how to maintain the product and recommended maintenance of products. This information must also include instructions on how to proceed when the product comes to the end of its useful life.

  • 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

    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

  • Information on the latest version of the criteria for outdoor furniture and playground equipment

    3.11 ⇛ 3.12: Adjustment of criteria

    Requirement R36 Recycled/recovered plastics has been adjusted. The new version is called 3.12. 

    3.10 ⇛ 3.11 Prolongation of criteria

    The criteria has been prolonged with 12 months until 31 March 2021. At the same time requirement O39 Take-back system has been removed. The new version is called 3.11.

    3.9 ⇛ 3.10: Alteration of criteria

    On 8 March 2017 the Nordic Ecolabelling's Criteria Group decided to implement Nordic Ecolabellings new forestry requirements as an alternative to the present forestry requirements. The new version is called 3.10. 

    3.8 ⇛ 3.9: Prolongation of criteria

    On 7 February 2017 the Nordic Ecolabelling's Criteria Group decided to prolong the criteria until 31 March 2020. The new version is called 3.9.

    3.7 ⇛ 3.8: Alteration of criteria

    On 8 January 2016 the Nordic Ecolabelling's Criteria Group approved to insert an except for bronopol up to 0.05% by weight in requirement R21. The new version is 3.8.

    3.6 ⇛ 3.7: Alteration of criteria

    On 16 June 2015 the Nordic Ecolabelling's Criteria Group approved to insert requirements for HPL panels in its own section in the criteria At the same time the product group name changed to Outdoor furniture, outdoor fixtures and playground equipment. The new version is 3.7.

    3.5 ⇛ 3.6: Alteration and extension criteria's validity

    • In version 3.6 of the criteria it has been specified that also wood/bike/bus and tool sheds are included in the criteria, but that composite materials are not.
    • The product group will also be expanded with requirements for HPL plates when these are approved in version 6 of building boards in February 2015.
    • The requirement R43 regarding marketing has been removed.
    • The validity of the criteria has been extended with two years.

    The new version, 3.6, is vaild until March 31st 2019.

    3.4 ⇛ 3.5: Alteration of the criteria

    R 19: An alteration of R19 has been made to make it more clear that the requirement only applies to wood preservatives with biocides or heavy metal.

    3.3 ⇛ 3.4: Extension of criteria's validity

    The validity for Nordic Ecolabel's criteria for outdoor furniture and playground equipment has been extended. The new version, 3.3, is valid until March 31st 2017.

    3.2 ⇛ 3.3: Alteration the criteria

    R23: Regarding recycled metal in Nordic Ecolabelled furniture.

  • 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!

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