Laundry Detergents

The product group ‘Laundry Detergents’ shall comprise: laundry detergents and pre-treatment stain removers whether in powder, liquid or any other form which are marketed and used for the washing of textiles principally in household machines but not excluding their use in launderettes and common laundries. Pre-treatment stain removers include stain removers used for direct spot treatment of textiles (before washing in the machine) but do not include stain removers dosed in the washing machine and stain removers dedicated to other uses besides pre-treatment. This product group shall not comprise products that are dosed by carriers such as sheets, cloths or other materials nor washing auxiliaries used without subsequent washing, such as stain removers for carpets and furniture upholstery.


  • Pursuant to  the decision of the European Commission for a new framework for the EU Ecolabel, the fees have been adjusted. The fees became effective on 16 January 2015. 

    AMOUNT  TYPE OF FEE
    Application fee / renewal fee, standard * EUR 2000 + VAT****
    Application fee / renewal fee, SMEs and operators in developing countries * EUR 600 + VAT****
    Application fee / renewal fee, micro-enterprises * EUR 350 + VAT****
    Inspection visit EUR 1,000 + VAT**** per day away from the office plus refund of all travel and accommodation costs
    Amendment/Extension of fee EUR 125 + VAT**** per working hour spent
    but not exceeding the application fees above
    Annual License fee ** / ***

    0.15% of the turnover in EEA-member countries*****
    however minimum EUR 1,500 + VAT**** per year and maximum EUR 25,000 + VAT**** per year

    * If the applicant is also registered under the European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) or certified according to ISO 14001, the application and renewal fees are reduced subject to the ecolabelling requirements being expressly incorporated in the certification as part of the environmental policy and specific environmental objectives. The reduction is 30% for EMAS, and 15% for ISO 14001. The reduction is not cumulative. In order for the applicant to be entitled to this reduction, documentation of certification shall be submitted at the time of application as well as a copy of and reference to the parts of the management system in which the ecolabelling requirements are expressly incorporated.

    ** License fees for micro-enterprises, SMEs and operators in developing countries are reduced by 25%.

    *** For license holders licensed to use the Nordic Ecolabel for the same products during the same period, the Nordic share of the EU turnover may be excluded from the calculation of the license fee for the EU ecolabel. This does not affect maximum and minimum fees.

    **** The sale is subject to reverse charge. The recipient is liable for the VAT according to article 56 of the Council Directive 2006/112/EC.

    ***** The EEA (European Economic Area) consists of all EU member countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

    Applicable from 16 January 2015.