CEN, CENELEC and ETSI have accepted a mandate (M/473) from the European Union and EFTA to include Design for All (DfA) in relevant standardization initiatives. The Design for All concept encourages manufacturers and service providers to design products and services in such a way that they can be used by everyone: including older people and persons with various kinds of disabilities, This approach constitutes a creative challenge for all planners, designers, entrepreneurs, administrators and political leaders. It depends on an analysis of human needs and aspirations and requires the involvement of end users at every stage in the design process.
Responding to this challenge, CEN has set up a Strategic Advisory Group on Accessibility (SAGA), which will consider how to address accessibility throughout the standardization process. This group includes representatives of national standards bodies, CENELEC and ETSI, as well as organisations representing disabled and older persons.
In 2012 and 2013 SAGA will work to:
- Develop a work programme on how to take accessibility into consideration when developing or revising European standards;
- Update standards in priority areas;
- Draft a new deliverable on how to consider accessibility in product process of goods manufacturing and service provision.
SAGA will monitor and provide input to the revision of ISO/IEC Guide 71 “Guidelines for standards developers to address the needs of older persons and persons with disabilities”. The CEN-CENELEC Guide 6 will also be revised in line with the updated ISO/IEC Guide 71. Both guides will be made freely available on the websites of ISO, IEC, CEN and CENELEC.