TCO Certified, generation 8 marks a major step forward in several areas. With several new and updated criteria, this generation aims to drive progress in supply chain responsibility and transparency as well as taking a more circular approach to IT products by extending their usable lifetime and promoting re-use. This generation is also designed to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Some of the updates in TCO Certified, generation 8

1. Circularity – driving a more circular approach to IT products. This means moving away from the linear take, make, dispose model, to one where products are used longer, and can also be re-used or re-manufactured. Keeping materials in high value use for as long as possible means we can lower our reliance on virgin materials and reduce toxic e-waste.

To support greater circularity we’re adding our first criteria for battery life and product durability to our existing criteria for material recovery / preparation for recycling.

2. Supply chain responsibility and transparency – focusing on closing non-conformities in high-risk factories and verifying supply chain improvements.

New criteria include: 1. Responsible minerals extraction – beyond 3TG to include cobalt, among others. 2. Anti-corruption management system and 3. Process chemicals – criteria for protecting factory workers from exposure to hazardous chemicals in manufacturing, and identifying safer alternatives.

Learn more

Dedicated page with everything you need to know about TCO Certified, generation 8.

  • Overview chart of new and revised criteria
  • Information on how to apply or upgrade
  • Criteria and certification documents
  • Technical reference chart