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The new generation of TCO Certified is now open for brands to certify their products and for purchasers to choose products that help them further reduce environmental and social risks commonly connected to IT hardware.
The new generation – the seventh since the sustainability certification began in 1992- takes further steps in reducing the hazardous content of IT products and raises brand engagement in supply chain social responsibility.
TCO Certified now includes criteria for testing of non-halogenated flame retardant substances and replacing the most hazardous with safer alternatives, using GreenScreen™ for Safer Chemicals, developed by US-based non-profit Clean Production Action.

New Generation TCO Certified

SOCIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

The New generation is the result of ongoing research as well as dialog with multiple stakeholders.
We continue to focus on environmental and social sustainability in all phases of the IT product life cycle.

Use in purchasing

Beginning November 11, the next generation TCO Certified is open for product certifications. This also means it’s time to update your purchasing contracts and make sure that you’re specifying the latest version of TCO Certified when buying computers and other IT hardware.

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Certify your products

Certify your products to TCO Certified and meet the growing buyer demand for sustainably designed and manufactured devices. Backed up by third party testing and verification, TCO Certified is an effective way to meet buyer demand and demonstrate your commitment to sustainability throughout the product life cycle.

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GreenScreen and TCO Certified

The New Generation includes new criteria for reducing hazardous non-halogenated flame retardant substances and replacing them with safer alternatives.
This assessment will be carried out using the GreenScreen™ for Safer Chemicals method

Major changes

Below is a sampling of proposed new and updated criteria in the draft New Generation TCO Certified. This is a summary only and does not reflect all changes. For complete criteria details, refer to the criteria document for each product category.

Environment
Rationale
Restrictions on non-halogenated substances – using the hazard assessment and decision logic framework GreenScreen™ for Safer Chemicals developed by the non-profit organization Clean Production Action.
Halogens have been largely phased out of IT products – but we need better information about alternative substances being used to replace them. Currently IT products may contain alternative substances that have not been tested or proven toxic. It is important to know more about the content of these substances and to make sure that non-halogenated flame retarding substances do not include other risks. The purpose of this mandate is to increase the knowledge of substances with regards to their human and environmental impacts and to drive a shift towards less hazardous alternatives.
Restrictions on phthalates (plasticizers)
These phthalates are highly hazardous, proven hormone disruptors and toxic to reproduction. They are likely to be banned by European law in the near future.
Declared sustainibility information;
Important for helping measure and improve the sustainability impact of IT products.
1. Recycled material content
Recycled plastic is more readily available and lowers environmental impact.• Up to 80% lower energy consumption in manufacturing compared to virgin plastics.
• Less raw materials required.
• Reduced carbon footprint. Every ton of recycled plastic produced can result in up to 1-3 tons of Co2 savings, compared to virgin plastics
2. Total product weight
Total product weight is an indication of the amount of potential E-waste resulting at end of life. By decreasing the total product weight it is possible to reduce E-waste.
3. Energy consumption
By knowing the energy consumption of a product it is possible to calculate the climate impact during the use phase.
Socially responsible manufacturing
Rationale
Enhanced control of the brand owner’s structured work to implement their code of conduct in the supply chain. Measurement of Brand owner’s proactive work to minimize non- conformities with the code of conduct.
Intended to improve brand owner’s structured work to implement their code of conduct and their proactive work to minimize the risk of non conformities against the code of conduct in the supply chain. The criterion also covers the supply chain where brand owners must act to resolve any non-conformities they are made aware of.
Conflict Minerals
Rationale
Brand policy and proof of involvement in programs aimed at establishing a conflict-free supply chain of Tantalum, Tin, Tungsten and Gold (3T+G)
A continuing humanitarian crisis in conflict areas where 3T+G minerals are mined and where revenues are used to fund armed groups. Forced labor and human rights abuses are common among local populations involved in unregulated mining.TCO Development supports the underlying goal of the due diligence conflict minerals measures proposed by the EU and those contained in the Dodd Frank Act 1502, but believe it is also vital that brand owners declare their commitment to helping solve the problem. This includes supporting in-region responsible sourcing programs in order to help suppliers meet these due diligence requirements, maintain trade and develop a legitimate mining industry that directly benefits the people whose livelihoods depend on it.

Use the New Generation TCO Certified in purchasing

Only the latest generation of TCO Certified is available for product certification at any given time. A TCO Certified certificate is valid on a product for two years. The brand also has an option to extend that period in one year increments. This means that for a time, there will be products available on the market that meet the earlier generation of criteria.
In order to make sure that the IT products you buy meet the latest criteria, including enhanced criteria for socially responsible manufacturing, reduction in phthalates and hazardous substances, it’s important to specify that you require the latest version of TCO Certified on the products you buy. Include language such as “products must be certified according to the latest version of TCO Certified”.
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Certify your products

Certify your products to TCO Certified and meet the growing buyer demand for sustainably designed and manufactured devices. Backed up by third party testing and verification, TCO Certified is an effective way to meet buyer demand and demonstrate your commitment to sustainability throughout the product life cycle.
Applying for TCO Certified is straightforward. First, review the criteria relevant to your product category, then test and verify compliance through an accredited third party test and verification partner. When testing and verification is complete, apply for certification and begin promoting your products as TCO Certified.
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The certification process can be completed in as little a two weeks. Once your products are certified, we also offer marketing support to help you communicate the benefits to your customers.TCO Certfied is available in eight product categories: Displays, Notebooks, Tablets, Smartphones, Desktops, All-in-One PCs, Projectors and Headsets.

Need help with certifying your products? Contact us for more information.

Manufacturers – apply now

Contact one of our test and verification partners to apply for the New Generation TCO Certified for any product category.

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