TCO Certified, generation 8 2018-04-12T10:04:01+00:00
  • TCO Certified, generation 8

The draft of TCO Certified, generation 8 is here

In December 2018, the next generation of TCO Certified, generation 8 — will be launched. Learn more about the criteria and the development process here. With generation 8, we want you to join us in taking the next step towards a sustainable life cycle for IT products.

All product categories will now be generation 8

The draft is ambitious, and includes many new and updated criteria. The aim is to drive even further sustainability progress in phases or the product life cycle where the criteria can have the most impact. The majority of criteria are the same for all product categories. They will therefore have the same generation number: 8.

New look, easy to use criteria documents

We have made several changes to the criteria documents, making them easier to read, and easier to apply for certification.
  • New and updated criteria are marked “NEW” and “REVISED”.
  • Verification methods is presented alongside the criterion.
  • Criteria that apply to all product categories have the same number.
  • All forms to be filled in and signed are placed in a separate chapter.

Upcoming dates to watch

Drafts for all eight product categories in TCO Certified will be released and open for comments during March and April.
March 22-May 31: Draft criteria open for comment
March and April: Draft presented in workshops and webinars
September: Final criteria published. Product pre-testing
December: Launch. Announcement of first certified products

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Draft: major changes and updates to criteria

Product and sustainability information Sustainability perfornance indicators Product information on:1. Product weight, 2. Energy consumption, 3. Percentage of recycled plastic content. 4. battery longevity (number of battery cycles) as well as performance beyond TCO Certified measured with TCO Certified Edge. Key performance indicators (KPI) of sustainability benefits New All
Product and sustainability information Information to end users TCO Certfied logo placement harmonized with ENERGY STAR® guidelines Harmonized guidance for visibilty of TCO Certified logo Updated All
Product and sustainability information Product specification Technical details about the product Improved measurements and KPIs for end users Updated All
Socially responsible manufacturing Anti-corruption management system Brand owner has management system in place for preventing and responding to corruption. In accordance with ICC. Minimize risk for corruption within company and supply chain. New All
Socially responsible manufacturing Process chemicals Greater transparency on what’s being used and how to move toward safer substitutions. Company must have 1. Health and safety management system, 2. Completed chemical management template for cleaners and solvents, 3. Exposure controls – PPE. Health risks associated with worker exposure to chemicals used in manfacturing processes. New All
Socially responsible manufacturing Supply chain responsibility Factory audit frequency based on risk-assessment model. Progress made in socially responsible manufacturing varies among factories. Risk-based model incentivizes closure of non-conformities. Updated All
Socially responsible manufacturing Supply chain transparency Dialog with senior management representative from brand owner. Transparency with TCO Development on supply chain sustainability progress. Industry transparency is important for measuring progress against short and longer term goals for supply chain responsibility. Updated All
Socially responsible manufacturing Responsibly sourced minerals Brand owner must prove the following in place pertaining to at least 3TG and cobalt: 1. Supply Chain policy for responsible sourcing, 2. Process to identify smelters and refineries and 3. Participation in multi-stakeholder program supporting responsible mineral sourcing. 3TG, Cobalt and other minerals are sourced from high-risk and confict-affected areas. Need for a broader, global approach. Updated All
Environmentally responsible manufacturing Energy management system Information on energy efficiency indicators / management system used in final assembly factories. High percentage of energy consumption connected to IT products is in the manufacturing phase. New All
Product performance Display resolution New simplified way of measuring display resolution. Enhanced criteria. To get rid of low resolutions screens that is not made for todays programs and web New Notebooks, tablets, all-in-one-pcs
Product performance Product energy efficiency Compliance with specific version of ENERGY STAR®. We want to shift focus to the manufacturing phase since a large portion of the total energy consumptiuon during a products lifecycle is consumed there Updated Displays, notebooks, all-in-one-pcs, projectors, desktops
Product performance Luminance contrast – characters New test method, harmonizing with IDMS Harmonizing with existing standard. Updated Displays, notebooks, tablets, all-in-one-pcs
Product performance Color grayscale linearity Enhanced criteria In line with new measurement methods Updated Displays, all-in-one-pcs
Product performance Correlated color temperature New target cct coordinates are in line with other standards like sRGB,ITU rec 709 and more It is important that the display has a color profile that is simliar to the ambient light so the user perceives colors accurately Updated Displays, notebooks, tablets, all-in-one-pcs
Product lifetime extension Standardized connectors USB Type-C Supports use of existing chargers, cables, peripherals, minimize the abount New Notebooks, tablets, smartphones, desktops, all-in-one-pcs
Product lifetime extension Product durability For mobile products. Products must pass high-low temperature and drop testing in accordance with MIL-STD 810 G Support longer usable life of products / re-use New Notebooks, tablets, smartphones
Product lifetime extension Battery longevity For mobile products. Main battery must deliver a minimum of 400 charging cycles at a minimum of 60% initial capacity. A short battery life is one reason IT products are discarded or replaced. Increasing the number of battery cycles increases their usable life. New Notebooks, tablets, smartphones, headsets
Product lifetime extension Battery replaceability For mobile products. Main battery is replaceable. Minimum 2 year battery warranty Support longer usable life of products / re-use. Product safety. New Notebooks, tablets, smartphones, headsets
Product lifetime extension Secure data removal from products Company provides media-sanitization software, free of charge to end-user. Supports product sharing / re-use. New Notebooks, tablets, smartphones, desktops, all-in-one-pcs
Product lifetime extension Replaceable components 1. Availability of replaceable critical components, 2. list of available replaceable components 3. EU pricing for replacement components Supports longer usable life of products /re-use New All
Product lifetime extension Warranty 1 year Moved from takeback section. Updated All
Reduction of hazardous substances Plasticizers 1. Plasticizers used in plastic parts benchmark 2,3 or 4 in accordance with Green Screen and included on TCO Development Accepted Substances List. . 2. Products must not contain DEHP, BBP, DBP or DIBP Plasticizers associated with human health and environmental hazards. Need for greater transparency on chemicals and verified, safer alternatives. New All

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