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  • Nordic Ecolabelling

    Version 3.3 • 18 March 2004 – 31 March 2011

    Nordic Ecolabelling of

    Shampoo, conditioner, body shampoo, liquid and solid soap

  • Addresses In 1989, the Nordic Council of Ministers decided to introduce a voluntary official ecolabel, the Swan. These organisations/companies operate the Swan ecolabelling system on behalf of their own country’s government. For more information, see the websites.

    This document may only be copied in its entirety and without any kind of alteration. It may be quoted from provided that Nordic Ecolabelling is stated as the source.

    This document may only be copied in its entirety and without any kind of alterations. It may be quoted from provided that Nordic Ecolabelling is stated as the source.

    Content

    What is Swan labelled shampoo and soap? 3

    Why choose the Swan label? 3

    Which products can be Swan labelled? 3

    How to apply 4

    Documentation 4 1 Ecolabelling requirements 5 1.1 General requirements (applies to all products, including products for animals) 5 1.2 Specific requiremements regarding products for animals 12 1.3 Requirements as to waste processing and recycling systems 12 1.4 Requirements as to packaging 13 2 Requirement as to effeciency 14

    3 Other requirements 14 3.1 Authority requirements 14 3.2 Eco and quality assurance 15 3.3 Marketing 15 4 Analysis and control 16 4.1 Sampling/analysis laboratory 16 4.2 Follow-up inspections 17

    Registration 18

    The design of the ecolabel 18

    The validity of the criteria document 18

    Future criteria 19

    References 19

    Appendix 1: Marketing of ecolabelled products Appendix 2: Declaration Appendix 3: Example of calculations Appendix 4: Substances causing endocrine disruption in accordance with the EU list Appendix 5: Fragrance substances that are limited in use Appendix 6: Framework conditions for testing efficiency

    This is a translation of the criteria document in Danish. In any case of dispute, the original document should be taken as authoritative.

    027 Shampoo, conditioner, body shampoo, liquid and solid soap, version 3.3, 3 December 2008

    Denmark Ecolabelling Denmark Danish Standards Kollegievej 6 DK-2920 Charlottenlund Telefon +45 72 300 450 Fax +45 72 300 451 E-post: info@ecolabel.dk www.ecolabel.dk

    Sweden SIS Ecolabelling SE-118 80 Stockholm Telefon +46 8 55 55 24 00 Fax +46 8 55 55 24 01 E-post: svanen@ecolabel.se www.ecolabel.se

    Norway Ecolabelling Norway Tordenskiolds gate 6 B NO-0160 Oslo Telefon +47 24 14 46 00 Fax +47 24 14 46 01 E-post: info@ecolabel.no www.ecolabel.no

    Finland SFS Ecolabelling Box 116 FI-00241 Helsingfors Telefon +358 9 149 9331 Fax +358 9 149 93320 E-post: joutsen@sfs.fi www.ecolabel.fi

    Iceland Ecolabelling Iceland Umhverfisstofnun Suðurlandsbraut 24 IS-108 Reykjavik Telefon +354 591 20 00 Fax +354 591 20 20 www.svanurinn.is

  • Swan labelling of Shampoo, conditioner, body shampoo, liquid and solid soap 3.3 p3

    What is Swan labelled shampoo and soap?

    Swan labelled shampoo and soap belong to the least environmentally hazard- ous products within their category. Requirements are imposed on the classifi- cation of substances used, on degradability and bioaccumulability, on the use of fragrances and colouring agents, on packaging and also on the efficiency of the products.

    The products are discharged to water after use. Accordingly, properties such as biological degradability, bioaccumulation and toxicity in aquatic environments are key considerations as regards all constituent components. This applies in particular to surfactants, which are the most important constituents of the products in terms of quantity and function.

    Shampoo and soap come into direct contact with the skin. Accordingly, their content of skin irritants, allergens or other harmful components and pollut- ants should be as low as possible.

    Why choose the Swan label?

     The products may use the Swan trademark in their marketing. The Swan label enjoys considerable renown and confidence in the Nordic Countries.

     The Swan label is a cost-effective and simple way of communicating envi- ronmental work and devotion to purchasers and consumers.

     Environmental questions are complex and it can take long time to gain know ledge about specific environmental subjects. Swan labelling can be seen as a tool to do this.

     Swan labelling is not only about environmental issues but also about quality because these two parameters cannot be separated. This means that a licence to the Swan label is also a quality stamp.

    Which products can be Swan labelled?

    Liquid and solid cosmetic products (see the EU Cosmetics Directive 76/768/ EEC with adaptations) used primarily for cleaning and washing the skin and hair of the body and which are removed with water after use, qualify for a Swan label.

    Liquid and solid products for conditioning hair and removed with water after use are also included.

    Products for use on animals for the same purpose also qualify for a Swan label, although products for removing vermin (e.g. anti-flea products) are not encompassed by the criteria.

  • Swan labelling of Shampoo, conditioner, body shampoo, liquid and solid soap 3.3 p4

    How to apply

    Applications must follow ”Rules on the Nordic Ecolabelling of products” and the ecolabelling requirements in this document.

    Each requirement is marked with the letter R (for requirement) and a number. The applicant must submit the documentation specified (with the symbol () under each individual requirement in Chapters 1, 2 and 3. The application must also contain a list of contents specifying the documentation supplied in support of each requirement.

    Guidelines on how the application should be structured and a spreadsheet for use in calculating the chemical requirements specified in the criteria document are available from Nordic Ecolabelling (the addresses can be found on page 2).

    For a product to be awarded a Swan label, all requirements in this document must be fulfilled.

    Documentation

    Documentation archived by the applicant/licence holder

    The licence holder must file the following documentation during the licence period and must present it upon request by the ecolabelling organization in the event of a follow-up inspection at the applicant’s place of business and in connection with the processing of the application:

     A copy of the application in its entirety.

     The facts/calculation basis underlying the documentation submitted in connection with the processing of the application.

     The results of checks performed in connection with the production of the ecolabelled products.

     Journals showing planned production changes and unforeseen deviations in the production process.

     All complaints and claims in connection with the ecolabelled products.

    Documentation for chemicals

    For documentation where references are made to Nordic Ecolabelling’s Chemical List, information from Nordic Ecolabelling’s current Chemical List (see chapter 4.1.6) must be used. For substances that are not encompassed by Nordic Ecolabelling’s Chemical List, documentation can take the form of e.g. copies of test reports or literature references.

  • Swan labelling of Shampoo, conditioner, body shampoo, liquid and solid soap 3.3 p5

    1 Ecolabelling requirements

    1.1 General requirements (applies to all products, including products for animals)

    Testing of the product

    R1 Animal testing The final product must not be tested on animals within 5 years from the

    time of application. Products for use on animals can however be tested with regard to efficiency on the ani-

    mal for which the use is intented.

    ( A completed and signed declaration (Appendix 2).

    Active Content (AC)

    R2 Calculation of active content The active content (AC) must be calculated on the basis of the complete

    formulation of the product.

    Appendix 3 provides an example of a calculation. For the purpose of this document AC means the quantity (in weight) of all organic sub-

    stances present in the product, excluding the water content of the components. Rubbing/ abrasive agents in hand cleaning agents are not included.

    (  Technical description of the contents of the product (complete formulation), including known pollutants. The description must include a specification of quantities, CAS No. and INCI designations.

     A specification of the function of each individual ingredient in the product, stating the purpose for which the component is added.

     Safety data sheet/Product data sheet with the name of the supplier of all ingredients.

     Specification of the number as shown in Nordic Ecolabelling’s current Chemical List (cf. 4.1.6) for all ingredients/substances encompassed by the list.

     Specification of the water content of all ingredients.

     Calculation of grams AC per gram of product.

    Are the require- ments met?

    Yes No

    Appendix No _____

    Yes No

    Appendix No _____

    Appendix No _____

    Appendix No _____

    Appendix No _____

    Appendix No _____

    Appendix No _____

  • Swan labelling of Shampoo, conditioner, body shampoo, liquid and solid soap 3.3 p6

    Requirements as to constituent substances and degrada

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