TCO Certification


Some history of TCO Certification 

TCO Certified Logo

TCO Development was created during 1992. Alongside with the SEMKO laboratory in Sweden developed a way to measure electro-magnetic emissions from older CRT displays because of health problems were introduced to office workers because of poorly-designed IT equipment (PCs and CRT displays). A solution was needed.

During those days the results of the tests created a certification that defined the standard of low electro-magnetic emissions for CRT displays and power management features. This certification is commonly known as TCO’92.

Some TCO Certification versions

  • 1992: Low emission and reduced energy consumption displays.
  • 1995: Criteria to reduce hazardous material content.
  • 1999: Criteria for image quality and visual ergonomics
  • 2001-2009: Environmental criteria in line with buyer demands.
  • 2009: Social responsibility in production.
  • 2012: Launch of new generation TCO Certified – The sustainability label for IT Products.



TCO Certification Today


Today not only displays are labeled as TCO Certified. This kind of IT-related products can be TCO Certified:

  • Desktops.
  • Laptops.
  • Displays.
  • Keyboards.
  • Projectors.
  • Printers.

With a modern approach the certification now focuses on the usability of the products without taking care of the Environment. Environment considerations also includes social responsibility during the manufacturing process.

For years the certification helped thousands of technology buyers in the corporate and public sectors includes certification requirements in their purchasing process.

TCO Certification is administered by TCO Development with independently accredited partners performing tests and verifications.

Helpful links: 

TCO Certification is included at “framework assessment tools, organizations, and standards” domain of Comptia Green IT Certification