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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 1 January 2021

    Application fee

    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 EUR 0–30 million 
    0.05% of turnover + VAT > EUR 30 million
    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.

  • Information on the latest version of the criteria for primary batteries

    5.0 ⇛ 5.1: Adjustment of requirement

    Requirement O9 has been adjusted for minimum permitted operating time. The new version, 5.1, is valid until 31 December 2023.

    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.

    4.8 ⇛ 4.9: Prolongation of the criteria's validity

    The validity of the criteria has been prolonged with 6 months. The new version, 4.9, is valid until 31 December 2020.

  • 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 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!

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