‘Design for all’: webinar on accessibility in the standardization process 

On Friday 12 October at 10 am, CEN and CENELEC will hold a webinar on “How to address accessibility, following the ‘Design for all’ approach, in the standardization process”. The aim of the webinar is to create awareness about, and explain the importance of, the concept of ‘Design for All’ (DfA) within the whole standardization process; and analyse how it can benefit end users and businesses alike. The webinar will also introduce the methodology and tools available for standards makers with concrete cases. The webinar can be followed by clicking on this link.

The concept of ‘Design for All’ (DfA) means designing taking into account human diversity, inclusion and equality. Its aim is to enable the maximum use of products, goods and services. With the European Commission (EC) standardization request M/473, CEN and CENELEC endeavor to include accessibility following a ‘Design for All’ approach in relevant standardization activities for products and services. The Mandate seeks to achieve long-standing policy objectives surrounding inclusion and equality. This work is financed by an EC/EFTA Grant Agreement, which is also providing funding for a Task Group Coordinator and a pool of experts representing national and/or European organization of persons with disabilities and older people.

Within the CEN and CENELEC system, CEN/BT/WG 213 Strategic Advisory Group on Accessibility (SAGA) is responsible for the overall execution of M/473, and it is also working on an overall strategy on how address  the concept of ‘Accessibility’ broadly  in the European Standardization system. For further information, see the Sector Forum section.

The CEN New Work Item Proposal form (NWIP) now includes accessibility aspects. A methodology, called ‘Protocol’, was designed to support Technical Bodies or standardizers to decide if and how accessibility following a Design for All approach should be addressed when reviewing an existing, or developing a new standardization project. The ‘Protocol’ process is explained by a series of documents available to the public to understand when accessibility following a Design for All approach is relevant, with examples of context of use, environmental and human limitations. Download the manual and the Protocol forms.

Priorities areas:

  • Instructions for use and labelling;
  • Packaging;
  • Electrical and electronic equipment/household appliances;
  • Self-service machines;
  • On-line services;
  • Communication, information and signalling.

Watch the Webinar on 12 October (10am CEST time) by clicking here!

For more information, please contact Claire Dalier or Alina Iatan 


Article date: 2018-10-04