Welcome to the FAQ
The Nordic Ecolabelling Supply Chain Declaration Portal is a digital tool where manufacturers of items* can declare the properties of their items. A declaration is always connected to one or more of our speciffic criteria documents and the requirements in them.
The information about the properties of the declared item can then be used, tohether with lots of other information, in conjunction with an application for a Nordic Swan Ecolabel licence.
* Item is a genneral term including everything from products to sevices.
Goods or services that carry the Nordic Swan Ecolabel or the EU Ecolabel have undergone a comprehensive certification process that covers requirements for a predefined product group developed from a lifecycle perspective, e.g. requirements for raw materials, chemicals, production, packaging, energy consumption, functionality andrecycling.
These products have fulfilled all requirements and are among the best when it comes to environmental sustainability and can thus always be used in a Nordic Swan Ecolabel application. Manufacturers of ecolabelled products can market their certification on their products as well as in communication and marketing.
The fact that an item have been declared in the SCDP means that specific product properties has been declared by the manufacturer.
This information can be used by an applicant in their application for a Nordic Swan Ecolabel licence. Vice versa, Nordic Ecolabelling uses the information when processing applications for Nordic Swan Ecolabel licence.
Declared items, for which specific properties are registered in the SCDP, are not certified, nor approved.
In an application for a Nordic Swan Ecolabel licence, it is the end product/service that is being certified – not the ingoing items/parts or steps in the licensing process.
Manufacturers who have declared properties of their items in the Supply Chain Declaration Portal may not use this information in their marketing and communication, as it could give the misimpression that the product is certified, more environmentally-friendly or similar – and thus runs the risk of 'greenwashing' or being misleading in general.
The declaring company may inform licence applicants and licensees of which items the declaring company has declared. The declaring company is only allowed to use this exact phrase/reference:
“Properties for item XX has been declared in the Nordic Ecolabelling Supply Chain Declaration Portal.”
However, a supplier must not refer to the Nordic Swan Ecolabel or use the Nordic Swan Ecolabel logo.
There is no approval process in the SCDP. The fact that the properties of a item, for instance a building product, is declared in the SCDP means that companies applying for a Nordic Swan Ecolabel licence can find the item and easily include it in the documentation for their application for a Nordic Swan Ecolabel licence.
In an application for a Nordic Swan Ecolabel goods or service, it´s only the specified end product/sevice that is certified, not individual ingoing items nor by-products or other production or services.
However, we do check (in connection with an application for a Nordic Swan Ecolabel licence) that all the fields we have asked for have been completed, that we have the data sheets we need, and that our overall information requests have been met.
No. You can only declare properties of your products within areas where Nordic Ecolabelling has requirements. The areas are stated under each product group on this very web site.
Futhermore, items that do not meet our information needs, or items whose properties break with some of the limits we have set will have their declaration rejected.
The advantage for a manufacturer of item(s) declaring the properties of their item(s) in the portal is that the company may only need to enter information once – as opposed to every time a licence applicant wishes to use the company’s products in an application.
In the SCDP, the declaring company can monitore and mannage all ther declared iems (including specific security settings).
Only licence applicants (and their defined subcontractors, for example a lumber yard) with a pending application have access to the items in the SCDP. No one else may access the portal, as there is a risk of misinterpreting or mistakenly assuming that the products are ecolabelled.
In an application for a Nordic Swan Ecolabel licence, it is the uniqe item thats being certified from a life cycle perspective – not the ingoing parts, the items.
It is not possible to give a yes or no answer to this question. This is because a declared item is used in conjunction with other items in an application and with a licence applicant's specific decription on how (much) and where the declared items is used.