Furniture and fitments

The product group includes seating furniture such as chair and sofa, sleeping furniture such as bed and mattress, storage furniture including wardrobe with coat rack and hat shelf, table/desk, kitchen and bathroom fittings, as well as board/partitions and blackboard/whiteboard.

Lamps, building products, sanitary equipment, office supplies, various interior products, aids, toys, and outdoor furniture cannot be certified with the Nordic Swan Ecolabel after these criteria.

Extensive requirements are set for the constituent materials, chemicals used in production, emissions of substances harmful to health and requirements related to the use phase and circular aspects such as quality, warranty, and material recycling.

The requirements include:

    * Use of sustainable renewable raw materials, e.g., requirements for traceability and a minimum of 70% certified wood raw material.

    * Environmental and health properties of chemicals used in production, added to the materials, or used in surface treatment. Among other things, there are strict requirements to substances that are carcinogenic, toxic to reproduction and can damage genetic material, and bans on halogenated flame retardants, fluorinated substances and antibacterial additives including nanoparticles.

    * Limits for content of and low emissions of formaldehyde and VOC in relevant chemicals and materials such as adhesives, padding materials, textiles, wood-based panels, and laminate.

    * Limits for energy consumption in the production of wood-based panels and laminate, as well as stand-by energy consumption for height adjustable furniture such as desks and beds.

    * Test of quality and function

    * Warranty, availability of spare parts and circular design.

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


  • The criteria document for furniture and fitments is an overall document for the commodity groups:

    • Beds and matresses
    • Upholstered furniture
    • Furniture and fitments for kitchen, utility room and bath
    • Other furniture and fitments

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


    Nordic fee

    Fees valid from 1st January 2021

    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
    Minimum fee for Nordic region EUR 2,000 + VAT per year
    Maximum fee for Nordic region EUR 100,000 + VAT per year

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

    EUR 2,000 + VAT per year

    Fees valid from 1st January 2018

    • Beds
    • Furniture
    • Other fitments

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

    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 turnover + VAT per year
    Minimum fee for Nordic region EUR 2,000 + VAT per year
    Maximum fee for Nordic region EUR 100,000 + VAT per year

    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 29 September 2020, valid from 1st January 2021

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