Products must meet all criteria in TCO Certified to be certified. This principle also applies when a product has several configurations that are sold under the same sales name/marketing name. For certain cases where this is not possible, we have created an exception: subset certification.

An example scenario is: a desktop computer is marketed and sold as “PC abc”. It is available for purchase in a wide variety of configurations but only some configurations comply with all the criteria in TCO Certified.

In this scenario, the brand owner should create a unique sales name/marketing name (“PC abcd”) that is used for all configurations that comply with all criteria in TCO Certified. Multiple configurations can be repackaged and sold using the name “PC abcd”.

The exception: subset certification

If a separate sales name/marketing name cannot be created for certified products, there is now an alternative way: subset certification. With this procedure, both certified and non-certified products ca