TCO Certified Tablets

A TCO Certified tablet meets life cycle sustainability criteria such as socially responsible manufacturing, environment and ergonomics / health and safety.

The life cycle approach in TCO Certified Tablets means that each certified model meets criteria in the manufacturing, use and end of life phases. Product compliance is verified by an independent third party.


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TCO Certified Tablets

Current version: TCO Certified Tablets 3
Criteria in TCO Certified focus on the product life cycle, including sustainability requirements in the manufacturing, use and end of life product phases. Specific criteria address environment, socially responsible manufacturing and ergonomics / health and safety.


  Criteria – Manufacturing phase

Why is this important?

Having an environmental management system (EMS) in place shows that the company works in a systematic way to continuously improve the environmental performance of the company and its products. A third party certified EMS includes independent reviews to ensure continuous improvement.

Manufacturing of the product must follow:

Why is this important?

Shorter product life cycles and the constant push for new technologies has led to growing pressure on the IT industry and its complex supply chain to deliver new product models faster and at a lower cost. The result is often sub-standard working conditions in the manufacturing phase, including long working hours, low wages and unsafe work environments.

  • Brand policy and proof of involvement in programs aimed at establishing a conflict-free supply chain of Tantalum, Tin, Tungsten and Gold (3T+G) – New!

Why is this important?

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.

  • Recycled material content New!

Why is this important?

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

  Criteria – Use phase
  • Energy efficient external power supply

Why is this important?

Energy production is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions such as CO2. With an ever-increasing volume of IT equipment in use, a product’s energy efficiency is vital for reducing the climate impact of our IT use.

  • Visual ergonomics – resolution, luminance, contrast, color performance

Why is this important?

An ergonomic product is designed for user comfort. With IT products this means reducing the risk for repeitive strain problems of the eyes, neck, back which can be caused by frequent use. Good ergonomics, such as a high quality display image, can also influence our productivity and extend the usable life of a product. So ergonomic design can also offer sustainability benefits!

  • Electrical safety
  • Limits on halogenated substances
  • Acoustic noise protection

Why is this important?

An IT product should not be a source of health risks. That’s why TCO Certified includes requirements for electrical safety,  low electromagnetic and chemical emissions, acoustic protection and the reduction of common allergens used in certified products. We also limit the use of hazardous chemicals that can potentially leak from the product during use, collect in dust and post health risks to the user.

  • Minimum one-year product warranty
  • Availability of spare parts for a minimum of three years after model’s final production

Why is this important?

E-waste is currently the world’s fastest growing waste stream. It is hazardous, complex and expensive to treat in an environmentally sound manner. It is also largely unregulated. Today, most e-waste is being discarded in the general waste stream leading both to pollution and to loss of valuable resources such as precious metals. Extending the usable life of electronic products can therefore bring about environmental benefits.

  • Energy consumption New!

Why is this important?

By knowing the energy consumption of a product it is possible to calculate the climate impact during the use phase.

  Criteria – End of life phase
  • Mercury-free

Elimination or reduction of:

  • Heavy metals: cadmium, mercury, lead and hexavalent chromium
  • Halogenated flame retardants (stricter than RoHS requirement)
  • Bromine and chlorine included in plastics
  • Restrictions on phthalates New!
  • Non-halogenated substances (Using GreenScreen™ for Safer Chemicals) New!

Why is this important?

Electronic devices contain hazardous substances like heavy metals and brominated flame retardants. This causes problems both in the use phase (additives can leak from the plastic and accumulate in eg dust and harm both our health and the environment) and at end-of-life where uncontrolled recycling can cause the release of toxins such as dioxins and furans.

  • Brand is responsible for taking back products for recycling at end of life

Why is this important?

Every year, around 50 million tons of toxic E-waste is generated worldwide. Only about 13 percent of these discarded electronics are recycled in a responsible way*, and the export of e-waste to developing countries, where recycling is often uncontrolled and hazardous, is still too high. Increasing recycling rates is vital in lowering the environmental and health risks of IT-products at their end of life.


  • Plastics coded for easier recycling
  • Limitations of different plastic types
  • All packaging is recyclable

Why is this important?

Recycling old electronics in an environmentally sound way ensures not only that the hazardous content of the products is properly handled and not dispersed into the environment but also increases the availability of recycled material to replace virgin materials for new products. This saves large amounts of natural resources.

  • Total product weight New!

Why is this important?

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.

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