– Step-by-step guide for brands
Certifying your products to TCO Certified in four steps
It’s a straightforward and credible way of demonstrating a commitment to social and environmental responsibility. Once all documents and the product sample have been sent to the verifier, the certification process generally takes three to five weeks. And remember, if you have questions, we are always here to help.
Step 1 – prepare
Review relevant criteria for the product you wish to certify.
Several criteria are common to all products, while others are product-specific. Make sure to be familiar with the criteria and verification methods relevant to your product.
Book an introductory meeting with TCO Development, online or in person.
If you’re applying for the first time, a meeting with our certification team will help introduce you to TCO Certified and the certification process. Contact our certification team to set it up.
Prior to certifying your products, sign an agreement with TCO Development.
If you’re a first time customer, you need to sign an agreement with TCO Development before applying for certification. Contact us for details.
Contact one of the verifiers approved by TCO Development. They carry out product testing and verify conformity with the criteria.
Every application requires three verification steps: Product testing, environmental declarations and compliance with socially responsible manufacturing criteria.
Step 2 — test and verify
Send a sample of your product for testing.
Send a representative product sample to an accredited verification organization for testing of its ergonomic qualities, emissions and energy saving function. Separate test fees will apply. Please check with the verifier for details.
Send the environmental documentation to the verifier for independent review.
Fill out the environmental documentation including a description of the product and the environmental management system, use of hazardous substances and material resource efficiency and send to the verifier. Each criterion includes information about which documentation is required.
Send social responsibility documentation to the verifier for independent review.
Fill in the documentation for all social responsibility criteria and send to the verifier. Each criterion includes information about which documentation is required. Social declarations are sent annually and reviewed by an accredited verifier. These include code of conduct, list of final assembly factories, a factory audit report, corrective action plans, self assessment and conflict minerals reporting template.
Once the reports and the documentation have been verified, the verifier will send the approvals to you.
They will send the test reports, the environmental and social approvals and a verification of conformity (VOC), where the verifier confirms that the product meets all the criteria in TCO Certified.
Step 3 — apply for TCO Certified
Once you have received the approvals, reports and the Verification of Conformity (VOC), it’s time to apply for TCO Certified. Send all documents to us along with a completed application form, or upload it to TCO Certified Portal.
Instead of applying yourself, you can let an accredited verification organization apply on your behalf. They are familiar with the application process, will help you with the practical details and also upload the required information to TCO Certified Portal.
Step 4 — your product is certified!
Congratulations! The product is now certified, and you have taken the next step in social and environmental responsibility.
Certifying your products to TCO Certified helps you reduce environmental and social risk connected to your IT products and their manufacture, and allows you to communicate about product sustainability in a credible way.
You will receive a certificate (as a PDF file), and all certified products will be listed in our Product Finder. We encourage you to use the TCO Certified brand in your communications related to certified products. For guidance, check our brand book.