Rechargeable batteries and portable chargers

The product group comprises both portable rechargeable batteries and portable chargers (known as power banks).

The Nordic Swan Ecolabel focuses on capacity and durability of batteries to ensure long battery life thereby reducing the resource consumption. At the same time, batteries and portable chargers must meet recognized quality and safety standards.

The requirements include:

  • Threshold values for heavy metals in batteries.
  • No use of PVC and a number of flame retardants in plastic.
  • CSR policy to ensure responsible use and sourcing of limited raw materials and “conflict free” minerals.
  • Electrical-, safety- and quality testing of batteries/cells, portable- and battery chargers.
  • Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries and cells must be fully charged when leaving the production site.
  • Recyclable design of the portable charger.

  • The criteria document for rechargeable batteries is an overall document for the commodity groups:

    • Power banks
    • Rechargeable batteries

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

    Nordic fee

    Fees valid from 1st January 2019
    Type of fee Amount
    Application fee EUR 3,000 + VAT 
    Renewal fee EUR 1,500 + VAT
    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
    Annual licence fee for Nordic region 0.3% of Nordic Swan Ecolabel turnover + VAT per year for EUR 0-50 mio. 

    0.05% of Nordic Swan Ecolabel turnover + VAT per year for EUR >50 mio. 
    Minimum fee for Nordic region EUR 2,000 + VAT per year
    Maximum fee for Nordic region No maximum fee

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

    EUR 2,000 + VAT per year

    * 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 30st August 2018, valid from 1st January 2019.

    The recipient is liable for the VAT according to article 56 of the Council Directive 2006/112/EC.
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