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Nordic Swan Ecolabelled cleaning products are among the best cleaning products in terms of environmental profile. The whole life cycle of the products is taken into account and strict requirements are set concerning the environmental and health effects of the constituent substances and with regard to packaging. The use phase and raw material extraction are also taken into account in the requirements.
Nordic Swan Ecolabelled cleaning products: 

  • −    Meet strict requirements concerning environmentally hazardous chemicals, including requirements on ecotoxicity and biodegradability 
  • −    Meet strict requirements concerning chemicals that are harmful to health, including a ban on the sensitising preservative MI
  • −    Offer effective cleaning performance with a small amount, so the product lasts longer and conserves the planet’s resources.
  • −    Packaging requirements contribute to a circular economy, for example by addressing packaging design and material choices.

For calculations and for more information on chemicals, please use:

The DID list

  • The criteria document for cleaning products is an overall document for the commodity groups:

    • All-purpose, glass, windows and mirrors
    • Sanitary products
    • Floor-, kitchen and similar products
    • Outdoor and special cleaning products

    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:

    Application fee including one on-site inspection *) 30 000 SEK excl. VAT. Inspection of four recipes is included in the application fee. For inspection of aditional recipes, 7 500 SEK excl. VAT per recipe will be charged.
    Renewal fee *) 15 000 SEK excl. VAT. Inspection of four recipes is included in the fee. For inspection of aditional recipes, 3 750 SEK excl. VAT per recipe will be charged.

    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 Should the extension regard inspection of recipes, which are not already included in the licence, 7 500 SEK excl. VAT will be charged per recipe.

    Other types of alterations will be charged according to how long it takes to deal with 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. Inspection of four recipes is included in the application fee. For inspection of aditional recipes, 7 000 SEK excl. VAT per recipe will be charged.
    Renewal fee *) 14 000 SEK excl. VAT. Inspection of four recipes is included in the fee. For inspection of aditional recipes, 3 500 SEK excl. VAT per recipe will be charged.

    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 annually 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 Should the extension regard inspection of recipes, which are not already included in the licence, 7 000 SEK excl. VAT will be charged per recipe.

    Other types of alterations will be charged according to how long it takes to deal with 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 cleaning products

    5.5 ⇛ 6.0: New generation of criteria

    A new generation of criteria for Celaning Products has been adopted. The new version 6.0 is valid until 31 October 2022.

    5.4 ⇛ 5.5: Prolongation of criteria's validity

    The criteria's validity has been prolonged with 7 months. Also, requirement R20 Take-back system was removed. The new version 5.5 is valid until May 31st 2020.

    5.3 ⇛ 5.4: Alteration and prolongation of criteria's validity

    At the Nordic Ecolabelling board meeting on 8 November 2016 it was according to
    evaluation decided to add outdoor window cleaners, oven cleaners and wash
    polish/wash-and-wax care products to the product group definition. References to
    the outdated legislation were also removed. Nordic Swan Ecolabelling's Criteria
    Group decided per capsulam on 21 December 2016 to extend the criteria by 9
    months. The new version is called 5.4 and is valid until 31 October 2019.

    5.2 ⇛ 5.3: Prolongation of criteria's validity

    The criteria's validity has been prolonged with 9 months. Also, requirement R27 Marketing was removed. The new version 5.3 is valid until December 31st 2017.

    5.1 ⇛ 5.2: New definition of the product group

    The definition of the product group "Cleaning products" has been changed since it is now possible to ecolabel also cleaning products for the professional market containing microorganisms. Therefor, changes has been made to requirements R5 and appendix 3, 4 and 5 and inclusion of a new requirement, R14About microorganisms. Editiorial adjustments of requirements R12 and R19 has been done at the same time. The new version is valid until March 31st 2017.

    5.0 ⇛ 5.1: Clarification of the definition of foam products

    • R5: Foam products are considered Ready-to-use products, but are not considered spray products and must therefore fulfil criteria as RTUs.
  • 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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