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Primary batteries 001

The product group comprises of portable primary batteries in accordance with the definition given in the European Union’s Battery Directive, 2006/66/EC. 

Nordic Swan Ecolabel focuses on battery operation time and shelf life  – to ensure a long lifetime for the battery and thus reducing resource consumption.

Nordic Swan Ecolabelled primary batteries:
•    Have a low content of heavy metals.
•    Does not contain PVC. 
•    Meet a CSR policy to ensure responsible use and sourcing of limited raw materials and “conflict-free” minerals.
•    Meet stringent requirements for both battery operation time, shelf life, safety and quality.
 

 

  • 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 primary batteries

    4.8 ⇛ 5.0: New generation of criteria

    A new generation for Nordic Swan Ecolabelled Primary Batteries has been adopted. The new version, 5.0, is valid until 31 December 2023.

    4.7 ⇛ 4.8: Prolongation of the criteria's validity

    The validity of the criteria has been prolonged. The new version, 4.8, is valid until 30 June 2020.

    4.6 ⇛ 4.7: Prolongation of the criteria's validity

    The validity of the criteria has been prolonged. The new version, 4.7, is valid until 31 October 2019.

    4.5 ⇛ 4.6: Prolongation of the criteria's validity

    The validity of the criteria has been prolonged. The new version, 4.6, is valid until 31 March 2019.

    4.4 ⇛ 4.5: Prolongation of the criteria's validity

    The validity of the criteria has been prolonged. The new version, 4.5, is valid until 30 June 2018.

    4.3 ⇛ 4.4: Prolongation of the criteria's validity

    The validity of the criteria has been prolonged. The new version, 4.4, is valid until 31 December 2016.

    4.2 ⇛ 4.3: Adjustment of criteria

    • Requirement R7, regarding consumer information on the battery regarding usage of pictograms on the package, has been adjusted.
    • R18, marketing, has been removed.

    The new version, 4.3, is valid until 30 June 2016.

    4.1 ⇛ 4.2: Prolongation of the validity of the criteria

    The validity for Nordic Ecolabel's criteria for primary batteries has been extended. The new version, 4.2, is valid until 30 June 2016.

    4.0 ⇛ 4.1: Prolongation of the validity of the criteria

    On May 15th 2013 it was decided to extend the validity of the criteria with 9 months. The name of the new version is 4.1 and is valid until March 31st 2015.

  • 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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