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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:

Paper Modules

  • Fees, valid from January 1st, 2019 until further notice

    "Sanitary products" is the collective term for the product groups:

    • Baby & incontinence care
    • Lady care
    • Other sanitary products

    Fees are charged per product group, according to the list below:

    Application fee:

    Application fee including one on-site inspection 30 000 SEK exkl. VAT
    Renewal fee  15 000 SEK exkl. VAT

    Annual licence fee:

    Annual licence fee 0,3 % + VAT of the turnover in the Nordic countries up to 30 000 000 EUR.

    0,1 % + VAT of the part of the turnover in the Nordic countries that exceeds 30 000 000 EUR.
    Minimum fee 2 000 EUR annually excl. VAT
    Maximum fee 350 000 SEK 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 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

    Fees valid from January 1st, 2018 until December 31st, 2018

    "Sanitary products" is the collective term for the product groups:

    • Baby & incontinence care
    • Lady care
    • Other sanitary products

    Fees are charged per product group, according to the list below:

    Application fee:

    Application fee including one on-site inspection 28 000 SEK exkl. VAT
    Renewal fee  14 000 SEK exkl. VAT

    Annual licence fee:

    Annual licence fee 0,3 % + VAT of the turnover in the Nordic countries up to 30 000 000 EUR.

    0,1 % + VAT of the part of the turnover in the Nordic countries that exceeds 30 000 000 EUR.
    Minimum fee 2 000 EUR annually excl. VAT
    Maximum fee 350 000 SEK 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 The fee is based on how long it takes to handle 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

  • Information on the latest version of the criteria for sanitary products

    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.

    5.7 ⇛ 5.8: Prolongation of the criteria

    The validity of the criteria has been prolonged with three months. Also, requirement M8, recycling system, was removed. The new version, 5.8, is valid until March 31st 2019.

    5.6 ⇛ 5.7: Prolongation of the criteria

    The validity of the criteria has been prolonged. The new version, 5.7, is valid until December 31st 2018.

    5.5 ⇛ 5.6: Prolongation of the criteria

    The validity of the criteria has been prolonged. Also, requirement M9, marketing, was removed. The new version, 5.6, is valid until December 31st 2017.

    5.4 ⇛ 5.5: Prolongation of the criteria

    The validity of the criteria has been prolonged with 17 months. The new version, 5.5, is valid until March 31st 2017.

    5.3 ⇛ 5.4: Prolongation of the criteria

    On May 14th 2013 it was decided to extend the validity of the criteria with 16 months. The name of the new version is 5.4 and is valid until October 31st 2015.

  • 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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