Indoor and outdoor paints and varnishes

The product group of ‘indoor and outdoor paints and varnishes’ shall comprise indoor and outdoor decorative paints and varnishes, woodstains and related products intended for use by consumers and professional users Falling under the scope of Directive 2004/42/CE of the European Parliament and of the Council The product group of ‘indoor and outdoor paints and varnishes’ shall comprise: floor coatings and floor paints; paint products which are tinted by distributors at the request of consumer (non-professional) or professional decorators, tinting systems, decorative paints in liquid or paste formulas which may have been pre-conditioned, tinted or prepared by the manufacturer to meet consumer's needs, including wood paints, wood and decking stains, masonry coatings and metal finishes primers and undercoats of such product systems as defined in Annex I to Directive 2004/42/CE. The product group shall not comprise the following products: (a) anti-fouling coatings; (b) preservation products for wood impregnation; (c) coatings for particular industrial and professional uses, including heavy-duty coatings; (d) powder coatings; (e) UV curable paint systems; (f) paints primarily intended for vehicles; (g) product which primary function is not to form a film over the substrate, e.g. oils and waxes; (h) fillers as defined by EN ISO 4618; (i) road-marking paints.

  • 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. 

    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.