Rechargeable batteries and portable chargers 030
The product group comprises both portable rechargeable batteries and portable chargers (known as power banks).
The Nordic Swan Ecolabel focuses on capacity and durability of batteries to ensure long battery life thereby reducing the resource consumption. At the same time, batteries and portable chargers must meet recognized quality and safety standards.
The requirements include:
• Threshold values for heavy metals in batteries.
• No use of PVC and a number of flame-retardants in plastic.
• CSR policy to ensure responsible use and sourcing of limited raw materials and
“conflict free” minerals.
• Electrical-, safety- and quality testing of batteries/cells, portable- and battery
• Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries and cells must be fully charged when
leaving the production site.
• Recyclable design of the portable charger.
The criteria document for rechargeable batteries is an overall document for the commodity groups:
- Power banks
- Rechargeable batteries
A special fee is charged for each product group according to the following list.
Fees valid from January 1st, 2019 until further notice
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 in the Nordic countries + VAT per year for EUR 0-50 million.
0,05% of turnover in the Nordic countries + VAT per year for EUR >50 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 €2 000 000 (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.
Background documentEnglish / 5.1
Compilation of hearing statements, gen. 5English / 5.1
Information on the latest version of the criteria for rechargeable batteries
5.0 ⇛ 5.1: Adjustment of criteria
The definition of “fully charged” in requirement O10 is changed from at least 85% to 70%. Also, both pre- and post-consumer recycled material in the primary packaging (O8) can be used. Finally, the requirement for sourcing of conflict-free minerals (O5) and critical raw materials (O6) is now aligned with the Nordic Swan Ecolabelling criteria for primary batteries. The new version is called 5.1 and is valid until 30 June 2023.
5.0: New criteria generation
The Nordic Ecolabelling Board decided on new criteria on June 15, 2018. The criteria are valid until June 30, 2023.
4.5 ⇛ 4.6: Prolongation of criteria's validity
The validity of the criteria has been prolonged. The new version, 4.6, is valid until December 31th, 2019.
4.4 ⇛ 4.5: Prolongation of criteria's validity
The validity of the criteria has been prolonged. The new version, 4.5, is valid until June 30th, 2018.
4.3 ⇛ 4.4: Prolongation of criteria's validity
The criteria's validity has been extended with 12 months. The new version, 4.4, is valid until June 30th, 2017.
4.2 ⇛ 4.3: Prolongation of criteria's validity
The validity of Nordic Ecolabel's criteria for rechargeable batteries and battery chargers has been extended. The new version, 4.3, is valid until June 30th, 2016.
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!