Criteria in TCO Certified2018-04-03T10:18:24+00:00
– Criteria overview

Criteria designed for driving sustainable development

The criteria in TCO Certified go beyond industry standards and legislation. The certification is the tool of choice for any organization wanting to build a leadership position in their approach to sustainability and IT products.

Criteria designed to drive continual progress

The comprehensive criteria in TCO Certified are designed to drive social and environmental sustainability throughout the product’s life cycle: manufacturing, use and end of life. To keep challenging the industry, we release a new generation of TCO Certified every three years. This allows us to address the most pressing sustainability challenges and stay current with the latest technology developments.

Science-based and open development process

The criteria in TCO Certified are science-based and are developed in an open process with our international network of stakeholders that includes users, buyers, brands, manufacturers, NGOs, researchers and subject matter experts. TCO Certified is classified as a Type 1 Ecolabel and our processes and verification meet the requirements in ISO 14024. TCO Development is impartial during the verification process and certified products must meet all criteria to qualify for TCO Certified.

Criteria overview for all product categories

Manufacturing phase  
Socially responsible manufacturing
ILO Core Conventions, UN Convention on Rights of the Child, worker rights, health and safety
Engagement in conflict minerals initiatives (3G+T)
OECD due diligence process or other relevant initiatives for responsible mining
Reduced environmental impact in manufacturing
Environmental management system (ISO 14001 or EMAS) for continual improvement
Declared material content
Declaration of percentage of recycled plastic content
Use phase  
Extended product life
Product warranties, availability of replacement parts
Energy efficient products and power supplies
Energy Star® or equivalent
User health & safety
Electrical safety, emissions
User ergonomics
Image quality and ergonomic product design
Declared energy consumption
Declaration of product energy consumption
End of life phase  
Reduction of hazardous substances
Reduction or elimination of heavy metals and hazardous substances (beyond RoHS)
Product take back
Brand company offers product take back at end of life
Product and packaging designed for recycling
Coding of plastics, all packaging recyclable
Declared product weight
Declaration of total product weight

Product category-specific criteria

In addition to the general criteria, product-specific criteria are tailored to each category.

Specific criteria for displays
  • Visual ergonomics (image quality)
  • Product adjustability (vertical tilt, height)
  • Acoustic noise limits

Specific criteria for notebooks
  • Visual ergonomics (image quality)
  • Ergonomic keyboard
  • Connector ports for external input devices
  • Acoustic noise limits

Specific criteria for tablets
  • Visual ergonomics (image quality)
  • Acoustic noise limits

Specific criteria for smartphones
  • Visual ergonomics (image quality)
  • Reduced surface allergens (nickel)
  • Product supplied with headset
  • Rechargeable, replaceable battery

Specific criteria for desktops
  • Easily accessible connector ports

Specific criteria for all-in-one PCs
  • Visual ergonomics (image quality)
  • Product adjustability (vertical tilt, height)
  • Acoustic noise limits

Specific criteria for projectors
  • Visual ergonomics (image quality, including optimal image size)
  • Video, computer interface
  • Acoustic noise limits

Specific criteria for headsets
  • Sound quality, including protection from sound spikes
  • Product adjustability
  • Replaceable parts
  • Flex testing of cables, attachments, microphone