Now open – New Generation TCO Certified

Beginning November 11, electronics brands and purchasers will be able to take the next step in sustainable IT. The new generation of TCO Certified has now launched and is open for brands to certify their products and for purchasers to choose products that help them reduce environmental and social risks commonly connected to IT hardware. First to certify product include displays from Eizo, Dell, Lenovo, LG and Samsung, headsets from Plantronics and a notebook from Lenovo.

The new generation – the seventh since the sustainability certification began in 1992- takes further steps in reducing the hazardous content of IT products and raises brand engagement in supply chain social responsibility. IT brands can now certify their products according to the new generation and purchasers will be able to select products that meet a higher standard of sustainability criteria.

The New Generation TCO Certified includes new criteria for reducing hazardous non-halogenated flame retardant substances and replacing them with safer alternatives. This assessment will be carried out using GreenScreen™ for Safer Chemicals, developed by US-based non-profit Clean Production Action.

Other important developments in the new generation TCO Certified include:

  • Banning of four phthalates identified as most hazardous; DEHP, BBP, DBP and DIBP.
  • Tighter criteria for socially responsible manufacturing, including code of conduct implementation and actions for preventing worker rights violations in the supply chain
  • Criteria for each brand to have a policy addressing conflict minerals as well as active participation in at least one initiative aimed at combatting their use.

Visit the New Generation page

Information for buyers and industry, major changes, full criteria documents and more.


IT products achieving TCO Certified are third party verified to meet criteria for environmental and social responsibility throughout the product life cycle, including manufacturing, use and end of life handling. Criteria are developed in collaboration with a wide group of stakeholders including purchasers, independent experts and industry.

2017-03-06T09:59:09+00:00 November 11, 2015|Categories: Development projects, News|Tags: , , |