Chemical products

The criteria for chemical products are applicable to a broad range of chemical products and make it possible to ecolabel for example laundry detergents, fabric softeners and all-purpose cleaners with Good Environmental Choice (Bra Miljöval).

New criteria for Good Environmental Choice Chemical products entered into force on March 1, 2018.

With our ecolabel, we want to reduce the use of harmful chemical substances and minimise adverse effects on the environment and human health. Labelling your products with Bra Miljöval is a convenient and trustworthy way of communicating the environmental aims of your company.

Some of the requirements

  • Ingredients in the ecolabelled product must have a low toxicity to aquatic organisms and fulfil strict requirements on biodegradability.
  • Phosphorous must not be added to the product since it contributes to eutrophication.
  • To minimise the risk for skin sensitisation, perfumes are not allowed in children's products. For the same reason, perfumes and plant extracts must fulfil strict criteria to be permitted in products which are intended for adults.
  • All compounds that are suspected to be carcinogenic or toxic to reproduction are forbidden.
  • Endocrine disrupting chemicals listed on the SIN list 2.0 as well as those included in the SIN list on October 8, 2014 due to their endocrine disrupting properties are not allowed.
  • Allergenic preservatives, such as isothiazolinones, are banned.
  • All organofluorine compounds and cyclic siloxanes are banned.
  • To reduce the climate impact, any company applying for Good Environmental Choice must have a policy to increase the proportion of renewable raw materials.
  • The product packaging must fulfil strict requirements.

Time to re-apply!

It is now time to re-apply according to the 2018 criteria. Unless we have received a re-application by February 28, 2019, all licenses issued on the 2006 criteria vill terminate on February 28, 2019.  For licenses where we have received a re-application before this date, the old license will be extended until May 31, 2019.  To avoid a gap between the old and the new license, the re-application has to be approved before May 31, 2019.

List of approved ingredients

On the right there is a list of ingredients approved accordning to the criteria 2018. Thereafter, the list will be updated regularly as new ingredients become approved.

Fees

The current fees are found in the License terms and conditions.

How it works

Step 1
Download the criteria and the practice document. Read and consider if the product meets the requirements.

Step 2
Download the application form and license terms and conditions. Fill out and submit the application. Make sure that all necessary documents are attached.

Step 3
An invoice with the application fee will be sent to you. All applicants are given the opportunity to complement and correct the application if needed.

Approval of a single ingredient

It is also possible to apply for approval of a single ingredient to be used in ecolabelled products. For example, you may apply in advance for several perfumes, which facilitates the assessment procedure when you decide to change the perfume in your product to another.

In order for an assessment to be made you need to fill out the forms found to the right. Use "Form for assessing a Perfume" for perfumes and "Form for assessing an ingredient" for all other ingredients.

The fee for assessment of an ingredient is 5 000 SEK.