Built environment 

The accessibility of the built environment is a key element to assure the effective participation of EU citizens in the everyday life, as well as the suitability of the buildings, streets, parks, to being effectively used by people regarding their disabilities or age.

The standardization mandate from the European Commission, M/420, addressed to CEN, CENELEC and ETSI, in line with the EU Disability Strategy 2010-2020, supports accessibility in the built environment. The work under this mandate was structured in two phases:

  • Phase I of the mandate
    Required the establishment of an inventory and feasibility of European and international accessibility standards in the built environment and feasibility studies to explore missing areas. Stakeholders and public in general had the chance to make contributions during a public consultation process of 2 months to the Joint Report produced by Project Team A and Project Team B and followed up by CEN/BT WG 207 "Accessibility in built environment". An Open Meeting was held in order to disseminate the results of Phase I and to involve relevant stakeholders.
  •  Phase II of the mandate
    Phase II M/420 started in January 2016 and is based on the recommendations of Phase I to further develop standardization documents outlining functional accessibility requirements in support of a suitable approach for design, procurement and management of access to the built environment. 

    Phase II will consist of:
  • European standard (EN) at the level of common functional accessibility and usability requirements of the built environment. Currently the FprEN 17210 ‘Accessibility and usability of the built environment - Functional requirements’ is under development and is expected to be published in early 2021
  • Technical Report prCEN/CLC/TR 17621 on Accessibility and usability of built environment - Technical performance criteria and specifications
  • Technical Report prCEN/CLC/TR 17622 on Accessibility and usability of the built environment - Conformity assessment

The work is financed by an EC/EFTA Specific Grant Agreement for Action.

CEN-CENELEC Joint Technical Committee 11

The CEN-CENELEC Joint Technical Committee 11 ‘Accessibility in the Built Environment’ is responsible for the standardization activities of Mandate M/420 Phase II.

Useful links and documents

Phase I Open Meeting M/420 (Brussels, 2011-09-28)

Final Joint Report "Inventory, analysis and feasibility of European and International accessibility standards in the built environment"

CEN-CENELEC JTC 11 officers

Mr Jesús Hernández-Galán
Fundación ONCE

Mr Fernando Machicado

Nuno Pargana
Project Manager