The CEN/BT/WG 213 Strategic Advisory Group on Accessibility (SAGA) was created by CEN/BT in 2011 in line with the CEN policy on horizontal issues in standardization and with full participation of representatives of CENELEC/BT and ETSI Board.
SAGA is an advisory and coordinator body to the CEN and CENELEC BTs on political and strategic matters related to ‘Accessibility’ . It does not develop standardization deliverables. The members in SAGA includes representatives of National Standards Bodies, National Committees and ETSI, as well as organizations representing persons with disabilities and older people.
SAGA will ensure that accessibility is addressed in accordance with the strategic objectives of the European standardization system and provide recommendations to this aim. It represents the main source of knowledge and expertise on accessibility issues to CEN and CENELEC BTs.
SAGA was specifically in charge of the monitoring of the execution of Mandate M/473 related to Accessibility following Design for All approach.
SAGA will work within 3 major areas in 2020-2022. These areas are:
- Continue the work on M/473 Design for all to increase the awareness of accessibility issues in European standardization
- European Accessibility Act (EAA)
- Future existence of SAGA
SAGA also promotes best practices, helps raising awareness about accessibility when new standards are developed or existing standards are revised; follows any EU and national legislative and policy initiatives and promotes any new relevant initiatives in the field of ‘Accessibility’
The Secretariat of CEN/BT/WG 213 SAGA is held by Standards Norway - Marit Kveine Nygren, PhD (email). The Convenor is Mrs Malin Rygg (email).