Sanitary Products 023
Nordic Ecolabelled sanitary products have:
– Low environmental impact associated with production because of strict environmental requirements applicable to the raw materials used and the production processes involved.
– Low climate effect since the products can document low CO2 emissions per product or the use of a high proportion of renewable raw materials.
– Lower impact on health because of strict requirements as to the additives used and the content of chemicals.
The Sanitary products criteria consist of three documents; the criteria document below as well as the "Basic Module" and the "Chemical module". Please download these here:
The criteria document for sanitary products is an overall document for the commodity groups:
- Baby and incontinence care
- Lady care
- Other sanitary products
Fees are charged per commodity group according to the price list below.
Valid from 1 January 2018 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 0,1 % 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.
Information on the latest version of the criteria for sanitary products
6.7 ⇛ 6.8: Alteration of the criteria and prolongation of the validity of the criteria
Adjustments have been made in requirements O3 and O4 regarding exemptions for TiO2-classified Carc. 2 and in requirement O11 regarding dyeing. In addition, the validity of the criteria has been prolonged by 12 months. The new version, 6.8, is valid until on 30 June 2024.
6.6 ⇛ 6.7: Alteration of the criteria
An adjustment has been made in requirement O11 regarding dyeing of incontinence products for adults and children over 5 years. The new version, 6.7, is valid until 30 June 2023.
6.5 ⇛ 6.6: Alteration of the criteria
An adjustment has been made in requirement O9 regarding lighter incontinence products, odor inhibitors with classification H332, H373, H400 and / or H410 are permitted. The new version, 6.6, is valid until 30 June 2023.
6.4 ⇛ 6.5: Alteration of the criteria
The classification H318 has been removed from requirement O3, and the preservative CMIT is excluded from the point prohibited halogenated organic compounds in requirement O5. The new version, 6.5, is valid until 30 June 30 2023.
6.3 ⇛ 6.4: Alteration and prolongation of the criteria
Alterations in the requirements O5 and O12 have been made.
Appendices 2a, 2b and 2c have therefore been changed too.
Furthermore, the criteria have been prolonged with 24 months.
The new versionen, 6.4, is valid until 30 juni 2023.
6.2 ⇛ 6.3: Alteration of the criteria
Alterations in the requirements O3, O4, O5 and O19 have been made.
Appendices 2a, 2b, 2 c, 3 och 11 have therefore been changed too.
The new versionen, 6.3, is valid until 30 juni 2021.
6.1 ⇛ 6.2: Alteration of the criteria
Adjustment of requirements O25 and specification of requirements O24. In addition, some minor editorial corrections have been made in the requirements O5, O27, O35 + O28 and O29 in the English version. The return system requirement O48 and Appendicies 2a, 2b, 2c, 10 and 11 have been changed. The new version, 6.1, is valid until June 30st 2021
6.0 ⇛ 6.1: Alteration of the criteria
Nordic Ecolabelling’s Criteria Group has decided to alter Table 1, requirments O14, O16, 025, O26, and O27.Futhermore the gruop has specified the requirements O28 and O29. And finally, appendices 5 and 11 have been altered accordingly. The new version, 6.1, is valid until June 30st 2021.
6.0: New criteria generation
Version 6.0 of Nordic Ecolabelling's criteria for sanitary products was published on June 14th 2016 and is valid until June 30th 2021.
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!