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Nordic Ecolabelled imaging equipment products (copiers, digital duplicators, facsimile machines, multifunction devices (MFD), printers, scanners) are amongst the least environmental harmful products in their category, since they meet a number of environmental requirements.

The environmental problems associated with imaging equipment derive mainly from power consumption during use and from disposal of the products as waste. Furthermore they represent a source of pollution in the working environment through the generation of heat, emissions to air and noise.

The requirements that the appliances must fulfil before a Nordic Ecolabel can be granted, focus on the following aspects:
– low energy consumption
– plastic materials and additives, e.g. flame retardants
– duplex printing and consumables during usage
– recycling of discharged products
– emissions of pollutants (also noise) in working areas
– packaging material

International cooperation

In version 6 of the criteria, the harmonization ambition between different recognized international ecolabelling schemes continued with the Blue Angel. This was because Eco Mark did not during the revision to version 6 have any new criteria since the revision to version 5, while the Blue Angel had a draft for new criteria. Also the EU Ecolabel criteria for imaging equipment had a draft which has partly been harmonized with.

  • 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 2 production series (same technology / design / materials) is included in the application fee. For inspection of aditional series, 15 000 SEK excl. VAT per series will be charged.
    Renewal fee *) 15 000 SEK excl. VAT. Inspection of 2 production series (same technology / design / materials) is included in the fee. For inspection of aditional series, 7 500 SEK excl. VAT per series 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 production series, which are not already included in the licence, 15 000 SEK excl. VAT will be charged per series.

    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 2 production series (same technology / design / materials) is included in the application fee. For inspection of aditional series, 14 000 SEK excl. VAT per series will be charged.
    Renewal fee *) 14 000 SEK excl. VAT. Inspection of 2 production series (same technology / design / materials) is included in the fee. For inspection of aditional series, 7 000 SEK excl. VAT per series 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 production series, which are not already included in the licence, 14 000 SEK excl. VAT will be charged per series.

    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 imaging equipment

    6.4 ⇛ 6.5: Prolongation of criteria

    • The requirement on take-back system, O31, has been removed.
    • The validity of the criteria has been prolonged with 12 months. The new version, 6.5, is valid until 31 December 2020.

    6.3 ⇛ 6.4: Alteration of criteria

    • The criteria will continue to be harmonized with the Blue angel's revised criteria.
    • Products that use ink-jet technology are exempted from O18.

    The new version is called 6.4

    6.2 ⇛ 6.3: Prolongation of criteria

    • A minor editorial change has been introduced in requirement O12.
    • The requirement on marketing, O33, has been removed.
    • The validity of the criteria has been prolonged. The new version, 6.3, is valid until December 31st, 2019.

    6.1 ⇛ 6.2: Alteration of criteria

    • O7–O11: The requirements regarding plastics in casings and their components have been altered. The requirements have been clarified that it is for plastics in casings and their components. The new version, 6.2, is valid until June 30th 2016

    6.0 ⇛ 6.1: Alteration of criteria

    A new version of the Nordic Ecolabel criteria for imaging equipment have been published due to an alteration of the criterium for plasticizer in external electric cables. A revision has been made to adapt the criterium in relation to the production of the cable. A tolerance level for pollution is introduced as well as a definition of what is regarded as pollution.

  • 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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