Technical updates and changes 2018-03-13T13:13:33+00:00
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Technical updates and changes in TCO Certified

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General

Status update – Next generation TCO Certified

Work is now progressing to develop the next generation set of criteria and test methods for TCO Certified. Our thanks to those of you who have contributed with comments and expertise so far.

December 6, 2017|

TCO Certified marks 25 years of sustainability progress

This November TCO Certified marked 25 years of IT product certification! Beginning with the first energy saving mode for computer displays, to the complete sustainability certification of today, TCO Certified continues to drive progress toward a sustainable life cycle for IT products.

December 6, 2017|

New! On-demand training webinar – TCO Certified in 10 Minutes

Need a quick introduction to TCO Certified? Our on-demand tutorial, TCO Certified in 10 minutes, provides an overview of what’s included in the certification - from criteria to independent verification and customer/purchaser benefits.

November 7, 2017|

Reminder! Certificate expiration coming up.Nov 11 deadline to upgrade

November 11 this year marks two years since we launched the current generation TCO Certified. Earlier generations are retired two years following each generation launch. This means that November 11 this year is the deadline to submit your applications to upgrade those certificates.

November 7, 2017|

Resources from TCO Certified

We have a number of resources available to you with information about TCO Certified and how to certify your products.

May 3, 2017|

2016 progress report and webinar on demand

In our 2016 progress report, Impacts and Insights, our most recent follow up verification rounds reveal both progress and challenges in IT factory working conditions.

March 15, 2017|

Verification and test methods

Next Generation TCO Certified – draft criteria released

In December 2018, the next generation of the sustainability certification TCO Certified will be launched — generation 8. The criteria draft is now released, including many new and updated criteria, aiming to drive even further sustainability progress in the IT product industry.

April 5, 2018|

The draft of TCO Certified, generation 8 is here

This year we’re launching the next generation of TCO Certified - generation 8. To start with, we’re publishing the criteria draft, which is now open for stakeholder comment, until May 31.

March 22, 2018|

Sign up for our industry workshops

During April we’re also offering a number of in-person workshops for industry where we’ll be discussing the draft criteria in detail and answering your questions. Sign up information is below. We’re also available on each workshop date, to meet individually and discuss your feedback.

March 22, 2018|

2030 Sustainability Goals; Why are Smartphones Missing the Mark?

2.5 billion people are smartphone users today. Still, smartphones are lagging behind computers in terms of sustainability. Why, and how can this be addressed? Join us on March 21 for a learning webinar where we’ll discuss the current status of sustainability for smartphones. We will cover social and environmental sustainability issues throughout the product life cycle.

March 7, 2018|

Launch schedule: Next Generation TCO Certified

This year, we’re launching the Next Generation TCO Certified. Beginning in late March, we’ll be releasing draft versions of new and updated criteria. TCO Certified is developed continually in an open process, including dialog with multiple stakeholders, resulting in a new generation every three years.

March 6, 2018|

Application

Sign up for our industry workshops

During April we’re also offering a number of in-person workshops for industry where we’ll be discussing the draft criteria in detail and answering your questions. Sign up information is below. We’re also available on each workshop date, to meet individually and discuss your feedback.

March 22, 2018|

2018 Style Guide now available

We encourage you to use the TCO Certified brand in your communications related to certified products.

December 6, 2017|

Update – New Certification Handling System

In our September issue we announced that the new online Certification Handling System would be available on December 1st, but due to some last minute upgrades we will postpone the launch until January 8, 2018.

December 6, 2017|

Reminder – submitting your application documents

Please make a note of the November 11 deadline to submit your factory audit reports and other supporting documents to be in compliance for the following 12-month period. This is in in accordance with criterion A.7.1 in TCO Certified.

September 22, 2016|

Easier access to certification documents

We have listened to your feedback, and have re-designed the manufacturer section of our website to provide easier access to criteria documents and certification processes for all product categories.

June 14, 2016|

Socially responsible manufacturing

Next Generation TCO Certified – draft criteria released

In December 2018, the next generation of the sustainability certification TCO Certified will be launched — generation 8. The criteria draft is now released, including many new and updated criteria, aiming to drive even further sustainability progress in the IT product industry.

April 5, 2018|

The draft of TCO Certified, generation 8 is here

This year we’re launching the next generation of TCO Certified - generation 8. To start with, we’re publishing the criteria draft, which is now open for stakeholder comment, until May 31.

March 22, 2018|

Sign up for our industry workshops

During April we’re also offering a number of in-person workshops for industry where we’ll be discussing the draft criteria in detail and answering your questions. Sign up information is below. We’re also available on each workshop date, to meet individually and discuss your feedback.

March 22, 2018|

2030 Sustainability Goals; Why are Smartphones Missing the Mark?

2.5 billion people are smartphone users today. Still, smartphones are lagging behind computers in terms of sustainability. Why, and how can this be addressed? Join us on March 21 for a learning webinar where we’ll discuss the current status of sustainability for smartphones. We will cover social and environmental sustainability issues throughout the product life cycle.

March 7, 2018|

Launch schedule: Next Generation TCO Certified

This year, we’re launching the Next Generation TCO Certified. Beginning in late March, we’ll be releasing draft versions of new and updated criteria. TCO Certified is developed continually in an open process, including dialog with multiple stakeholders, resulting in a new generation every three years.

March 6, 2018|

Environment

2016 progress report and webinar on demand

In our 2016 progress report, Impacts and Insights, our most recent follow up verification rounds reveal both progress and challenges in IT factory working conditions.

March 15, 2017|

Health, safety & ergonomics

Clarification – Acoustic noise measurements

We have seen some inconsistencies in acoustic noise measurements for TCO Certified Notebooks 5.0, TCO Certified All-in-one PCs 4.0 and TCO Certified Desktops 5.0.

February 14, 2018|

2016 progress report and webinar on demand

In our 2016 progress report, Impacts and Insights, our most recent follow up verification rounds reveal both progress and challenges in IT factory working conditions.

March 15, 2017|

Approval of flame retardants

We have received some questions about the timeframe for approval of test results for non-halogenated flame retardants in accordance with GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals.

September 22, 2016|

Displays

Clarification: Touch panel testing exception for Displays, AIO PC’s and Notebooks

In our September issue of Technical Update we wrote about a touch panel exception for Displays, AIO’s and Notebooks. In this exception we had calculated our luminance requirement with a 99% confidence interval. We have now recalculated it based on a 95% confidence, which is the interval used throughout TCO Certified. We have also added a minimum color triangle area requirement for Displays and AIO PCs, based on these new results.

November 7, 2017|

Touch panels – testing with and without touch

The use of touch modules on panels incurs extra testing as the panels used must be tested with and without the touch module. TCO Development has done some investigating to see if we can create more efficiency in this process.

September 29, 2017|

Approval of flame retardants

We have received some questions about the timeframe for approval of test results for non-halogenated flame retardants in accordance with GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals.

September 22, 2016|

Notebooks

Clarification – Acoustic noise measurements

We have seen some inconsistencies in acoustic noise measurements for TCO Certified Notebooks 5.0, TCO Certified All-in-one PCs 4.0 and TCO Certified Desktops 5.0.

February 14, 2018|

Clarification: Touch panel testing exception for Displays, AIO PC’s and Notebooks

In our September issue of Technical Update we wrote about a touch panel exception for Displays, AIO’s and Notebooks. In this exception we had calculated our luminance requirement with a 99% confidence interval. We have now recalculated it based on a 95% confidence, which is the interval used throughout TCO Certified. We have also added a minimum color triangle area requirement for Displays and AIO PCs, based on these new results.

November 7, 2017|

Clarification – Energy:worst case values

We’ve received some questions about which energy consumption values should be reported as the “worst case” measurement for TCO Certified products. Some applicants are only reporting the worst case numbers based on the row of the highest Total Energy Consumption, TEC.

November 7, 2017|

Touch panels – testing with and without touch

The use of touch modules on panels incurs extra testing as the panels used must be tested with and without the touch module. TCO Development has done some investigating to see if we can create more efficiency in this process.

September 29, 2017|

Approval of flame retardants

We have received some questions about the timeframe for approval of test results for non-halogenated flame retardants in accordance with GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals.

September 22, 2016|

Smartphones

Approval of flame retardants

We have received some questions about the timeframe for approval of test results for non-halogenated flame retardants in accordance with GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals.

September 22, 2016|

Tablets

Approval of flame retardants

We have received some questions about the timeframe for approval of test results for non-halogenated flame retardants in accordance with GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals.

September 22, 2016|

Desktops

Clarification – Acoustic noise measurements

We have seen some inconsistencies in acoustic noise measurements for TCO Certified Notebooks 5.0, TCO Certified All-in-one PCs 4.0 and TCO Certified Desktops 5.0.

February 14, 2018|

Clarification – Energy:worst case values

We’ve received some questions about which energy consumption values should be reported as the “worst case” measurement for TCO Certified products. Some applicants are only reporting the worst case numbers based on the row of the highest Total Energy Consumption, TEC.

November 7, 2017|

Approval of flame retardants

We have received some questions about the timeframe for approval of test results for non-halogenated flame retardants in accordance with GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals.

September 22, 2016|

All-in-One PCs

Clarification – Acoustic noise measurements

We have seen some inconsistencies in acoustic noise measurements for TCO Certified Notebooks 5.0, TCO Certified All-in-one PCs 4.0 and TCO Certified Desktops 5.0.

February 14, 2018|

Clarification: Touch panel testing exception for Displays, AIO PC’s and Notebooks

In our September issue of Technical Update we wrote about a touch panel exception for Displays, AIO’s and Notebooks. In this exception we had calculated our luminance requirement with a 99% confidence interval. We have now recalculated it based on a 95% confidence, which is the interval used throughout TCO Certified. We have also added a minimum color triangle area requirement for Displays and AIO PCs, based on these new results.

November 7, 2017|

Clarification – Energy:worst case values

We’ve received some questions about which energy consumption values should be reported as the “worst case” measurement for TCO Certified products. Some applicants are only reporting the worst case numbers based on the row of the highest Total Energy Consumption, TEC.

November 7, 2017|

Touch panels – testing with and without touch

The use of touch modules on panels incurs extra testing as the panels used must be tested with and without the touch module. TCO Development has done some investigating to see if we can create more efficiency in this process.

September 29, 2017|

Approval of flame retardants

We have received some questions about the timeframe for approval of test results for non-halogenated flame retardants in accordance with GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals.

September 22, 2016|

Projectors

Approval of flame retardants

We have received some questions about the timeframe for approval of test results for non-halogenated flame retardants in accordance with GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals.

September 22, 2016|

Headsets

Approval of flame retardants

We have received some questions about the timeframe for approval of test results for non-halogenated flame retardants in accordance with GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals.

September 22, 2016|