The product group covers toys that consist of plastic, foam, silicone, rubber, textile, fur, leather, metal, paper, cardboard, wood, bamboo, or wood-based boards. Electronic toys, disposable toys, balloons, toys with liquid parts (also encapsulated) and toys that are attached to or includes food cannot be certified with the Nordic Swan Ecolabel.
The materials included in the toys must comply with environmental and chemical requirements that are stricter than the EU Toys Directive. There are ban on using several substances and environmental requirements for the individual material types. At the same time, the requirements promote circular economy.
The requirements include:
- Documentation of compliance with the requirements of the EU Toys Directive.
- Environmental and health properties of the chemicals used in the materials and in the surface treatments.
- Prohibition on the use of substances that can cause cancer, damage genes, or damage our reproductive capacity, as well as bans on heavy metals, perfumes, nanoparticles, phthalates and bisphenol A, B, F, S and AF.
- Use of materials that meet a variety of requirements; among other things, cotton fibers must be organic or recycled, metal materials must contain a high proportion of recycled metal or metal made with lower climate footprints, plastics must be recyclable, and a high proportion of wood from certified sustainable managed forests.
- Design of packaging – and both quantity and type of material for the packaging.
- Compliance with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conventions.
Fees valid from 1 January 2021
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 0 – 30 million EUR
0.05% of turnover + VAT
> 30 million EUR
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 toys
3.0: New criteria generation
Version 3.0 of Nordic Ecolabelling's criteria for grocery store has been published. The new version is valid until June 30th 2026.
2.5 ⇛ 2.6: Adjustment of criteria and prolongation of criteria's validity
Requirements 6, 7, 9, 34, 37 and 45 have been adjusted for titanium dioxide (TiO2) and trimethylolpropane (TMP). In addition, the validity of the criteria has been prolonged by 7 months. The new version, 2.6, is valid until 31 October 2022.
2.4 ⇛ 2.5: Prolongation of criteria's validity
The criteria's validity has been prolonged with 12 months. The new version, 2.5, is valid until March 31st, 2022.
2.3 ⇛ 2.4: Prolongation of criteria's validity
The criteria's validity has been prolonged with 24 months. At the same time requirement R70 Recycling system was removed. The new version, 2.4, is valid until March 31st 2021.
2.2 ⇛ 2.3: Prolongation of criteria's validity
The criteria's validity has been prolonged with 12 months. The new version, 2.3, is valid until March 31st 2019.
2.1 ⇛ 2.2: Prolongation of criteria's validity
The criteria's validity has been prolonged with 24 months. The new version, 2.2, is valid until March 31st 2018.
2.0 ⇛ 2.1: Adjustment of the criteria
Adjustments of percentage rages in requirements R38, R39 and R40 in chapter 3.5 have been made. Also, requirement R71, regarding marketing, has been removed. The new version, 2.1, is valid until March 31st 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!