Criteria in TCO Certified2018-12-19T13:16:17+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. 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.

A circular approach to IT products

Our current linear consumption model breaks our planet’s boundaries, leading to damaged ecosystems and the loss of valuable natural resources. The circular economy is a way of building a brighter and more resourceful future.

TCO Certified drives the development of products that are durable, repairable and upgradeable, making them more attractive for reuse or secondary markets, as well as recyclable.

Criteria overview

Manufacturing phase  
Socially responsible manufacturing
● Code of conduct; complaince and corrective actions independently verified
● Focused monitoring of progress and corrective actions at high risk factories
● Responsible mineral sourcing, conflict minerals, cobalt
● Reduced worker exposure to hazardous chemicals used in manufacturing
Environmentally responsible manufacturing
● Reduced environmental effects of manufacturing processes - management system, energy consumption
Manufacturing phase  
User health and safety
● Electrical safety and emissions
Product performance
● Ergonomic design: image quality, keyboard, adjustability
● Product energy efficiency: Energy Star® or equivalent*
Product lifetime extension
● Product durability - drop and temperature resistance
● Battery life and replaceability
● Availability of replacement parts and service manuals
● Secure data removal *
● Standardized connectors *
Manufacturing phase  
Reduction of hazardous substances
● Reduction or elimination of heavy metals and hazardous substances (beyond RoHS)
● Only flame retardants and plasticizers which are independently assessed as safer are accepted in products
Material recovery
● Brand owner offers product take back at end of life
● Plastic parts are coded for easier recycling
● All packaging is recyclable
Sustainability performance indicators
● Indicators provided on product energy consumption, weight and recycled plastic content, helping purchasing organizations measure sustainability impact of IT products.

* Available for specific product categories