Sanitary Products

The product group covers a wide range of product types - such as diapers, sanitary pads and tampons, incontinence protection, foam wash cloths, cotton buds, cover sheets and dental products.

Below you will find all the necessary documents and background information to apply for the Nordic Swan Ecolabel.


  • Nordic fee

    Fees valid from 1st January 2018

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

    • Baby- and incontinence care
    • Ladycare
    • Others

    A separate fee is paid for each commodity group according to this list.

    Type of fee Amount
    Application fee* EUR 3,000 + VAT. Used pulps must be inspected.
    Renewal fee* EUR 1,500 + VAT. Used pulps must be inspected.
    More than one inspection visit within the Nordic region** EUR 500 + VAT per visit
    Inspection visits in Europe** EUR 1,500 + VAT per visit
    Inspection visits outside Europe** EUR 2,500 + VAT per visit
    Extension of existing licence*** Extension of existing or changes in licence

    < 4 hours: EUR 375 + VAT
    < 8 hours: EUR 750 + VAT
    ≥ 8 hours: EUR 1,500 + VAT

    If the extension contains new pulp, these must be inspected. 
    Annual licence fee for Nordic region 0.3 % of turnover + VAT per year for EUR 0-30 million.      

    0.1 % of turnover + VAT per year for EUR >30 million.

    Minimum fee for Nordic region EUR 2,000 + VAT per year
    Maximum fee for Nordic region No maximum fee

    Fees for sale outside the Nordic region          
    (Only if revenue > EUR 300,000 per year)

    EUR 2,000 + VAT per year

    * When both the applicant and the manufacturer are micro-enterprises, the 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 EUR 2 million.

    ** Where audits requires more than one day away from the office including travelling, Nordic Ecolabelling can invoice an additional fee of 1,000€ per extra day. Other extraordinary costs induced by the audit can also be invoiced the applicant.

    *** As for an extension of or amendments to a licence, time consumed in connection with the review process will be invoiced according to the extent of the required task. We make a distinction between entirely administrative tasks that last less than 1 hour, and all other tasks that last between 1 and 4 hours, between 4 and 8 hours and more than 8 hours.

    Published 26 September 2017, valid from 1st January 2018

    The recipient is liable for the VAT according to article 56 of the Council Directive 2006/112/EC.
    All information given on this site is subject to a disclaimer for errors and omissions


    Fees valid until 31 December 2017

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

    • Baby- and incontinence care
    • Ladycare
    • Others

    A separate fee is paid for each commodity group according to this list.

    Type of fee Amount
    Application fee*

    EUR 2,000 + VAT. Used pulps must be inspected.

    Renewal fee*

    EUR 1,000 + VAT. Used pulps must be inspected.

    Inspection visits in Europe and more than one visit within the Nordic region EUR 500 + VAT per visit
    Inspection visits in Europe** EUR 500 + VAT per visit
    Inspection visits outside Europe**
    EUR 1,500 + VAT per visit
    Extension of existing licence*** EUR 0/250/500/1,000 + VAT
    Annual licence fee for the Nordic region 0.3 % of turnover + VAT per year for EUR 0-30 million.      

    0.1 % of turnover + VAT per year for EUR >30 million.
    Minimum fee for the Nordic region EUR 1,500 + VAT per year
    Maximum fee for the Nordic region No maximum fee

    * When both the applicant and the manufacturer are micro-enterprises, only half the fee will be payable. 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 EUR 2 million

    ** At inspection visits where more than one day away from the office including travelling time, Ecolabelling Denmark can add an extraordinary fee of EUR 1,000 + VAT per extra day. Other extraordinary costs related to the visit may also be imposed upon the applicant.

    *** In the case of an extension of, or amendments to a licence, time consumed in connection with the review process will be invoiced on the basis of the extent of the task. We make a distinction between tasks lasting less than 4 hours, less than 8 hours, and 8 hours or more.

    Published 29 September 2016, valid until 31 December 2017