CEN, CENELEC and ETSI developed a new standard for ICT accessibility  

CEN, CENELEC and ETSI, the three European Standardization Organizations (ESOs), jointly developed EN 301549:2019 ‘Accessibility requirements for ICT products and services’. The new standard is intended in particular for use by public authorities and other public sector bodies during procurement, to ensure that websites, software and digital devices are more accessible – so they can be used by persons with a wide range of disabilities.

EN 301549:2019 sets out the functional accessibility requirements that can be applied to all digital technology, including websites, software, electronic devices, and mobile apps. The aim is to ensure that ICT products and services are accessible either directly or through compatibility with assistive technologies such as text-to-speech, so that everyone can access information and use services that are being delivered electronically.

The new standard is a revision of a previous version, published in 2018, and will be offered for citation in the OJEU under Directive (EU) 2016/2102. Once the EN is cited in the OJEU, compliance with the normative clauses confers a presumption of conformity with the corresponding essential requirements of the Directive.  EN 301549:2019 provides further alignment with related standardization developments, notably in W3C, with references to the new Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
The EN covers a wide range of requirements for a variety of ICT solutions. It is relevant for all organizations who buy, develop or manufacture ICT products or services. EN 301549 can help businesses open up products and services to new markets: the standard will help access new target demographics.

EN 301549 is the result of a collaboration between all three ESOs, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC), and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). It was developed through an inclusive process with the active involvement of relevant stakeholders under the stewardship of CEN/CLC/ETSI/JWG eAcc - eAccessibility, whose Secretariat is held by UNE, the Spanish National Standardization Body.

For more information, please contact Constant KOHLER