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The product category includes unconverted and unprinted paper or board, made from cellulosic fibres, used for writing, printing and copying.
The Nordic Swan Ecolabel on a paper product signifies that the product meets strict environmental requirements, for example:
- The paper must either be made of virgin fibres and/or recycled fibres. At least 70% of fibres used in paper must come from sustainably managed forests or be recycled.
- Limitation of hazardous substances in chemicals used during production.
- Limits on energy consumption during production.
- Limits on emissions to air and water.
Below you will find all the necessary documents and background information to apply for the Nordic Swan Ecolabel.
- Start your application process by reading the criteria document below and find out if your product can obtain the Nordic Swan Ecolabel.
- Fill out the Application Form below.
- Send in the form to your choice Nordic Ecolabelling office.
- Await login credentials by mail.
- Enter the MSA Portal.
Application form NordicEnglish
Please contact one of our national offices for information about fees for this product group.
In the criteria document, you can read about how to document and verify compliance for each requirement. You can also find other application documents here.
Criteria documentEnglish / 5.0
Criteria document Chemical module 3.2English / 5.0
Basic Module for paper products 3.0English / 5.0
When your customer applies for a Nordic Swan Ecolabel licence, they will need their suppliers' help in their application process. Every item in the product to be licenced has to be declared for.
Suppliers wishing to declare their items, i.e. pulp and chemicals, can do so in the MSA Portal. You will be issued a personal account to ensure that all information is correct in a secure manner.
But first, please visit the Pulp and Paper Declaration pages for more information.
Declaring pulp and chemicals
In order to declare your items, you must meet the Nordic Ecolabelling requirements. Study the following documents carefully:
- The Basic Module with the Forestry Requirements
- The Chemical Module
- The Criteria document (see Criteria tab above)
By logging into the MSA Portal you confirm your acceptance of the User Agreement. Please read it carefully.
Fees for inspecting pulp
Below you will find information about the fees for Nordic Ecolabelling to inspect pulp.
Fees for declaring chemicals for producing pulp
However, in the agreement you undertake to comply with applicable conditions. If this is not complied with, Nordic Ecolabelling has the right to charge a fee.
To request login credentials, send an e-mail to email@example.com containing the information below:
• Company Name
• Telephone (switchboard)
• Country (Nordic country you prefer to manage your application)
• First name, last name
• E-mail address
• Direct phone number
Information on the latest version of the criteria for copy and printing paper
5.0: New generation of criteria
The Nordic Ecolabelling board decided on a new gereation of criteria for copy and printing paper on October 5, 2020. The new version, 5.0, is valid until December 31th, 2025.
4.5 ⇛ 4.6: Prolongation of the validity of the criteria
The validity of the criteria for copy and printing paper has been prolonged with 6 months. The new version, 4.5, is valid until 31 Decmeber 2022.
4.4 ⇛ 4.5: Prolongation of the validity of the criteria
The validity of the criteria for copy and printing paper has been prolonged with 6 months. The new version, 4.5, is valid until 30 June 2022.
4.3 ⇛ 4.4: Prolongation of the validity of the criteria
The validity of the criteria for copy and printing paper has been prolonged with 12 months. The new version, 4.4, is valid until 31 December 2021.
4.2 ⇛ 4.3: Prolongation of the validity of the criteria
The validity of the criteria for copy and printing paper has been extended with 18 months. At the same time the requirement R6 Take-back system has been removed. The new version, 4.3, is valid until 31 December 2020.
4.1 ⇛ 4.2: Prolongation of the validity of the criteria
The validity of the criteria for copy and printing paper has been extended. The new version, 4.2, is valid until 30 June 2019.
Some minor editorial changes were also introduced and requirement R5, marketing was removed.
4.0 ⇛ 4.1: Prolongation of the validity of the criteria
On May 15th 2013 it was decided to extend the validity of the criteria with 24 months. The name of the new version is 4.1 and is valid until 30 June 2016.
In the background document below you will find reasoning and facts behind the specific requirements in the criteria document.
Here you can also read the comments, requirement for requirement, from the public hearing.
If the documents are in a Nordic language, you can get help in understanding the sections you need by contacting the product specialist in your chosen country below.
Consultation commentsSwedish / 5.0
Background documentEnglish / 5.0
Background document Basic and Chemical module 3.0English / 5.0
Look up inspected pulp and fluff for help with your Nordic Swan Ecolabel application.