Standardization contributes to increased safety, availability, choice and reliability of products and services for all people, including persons with disabilities. This is why standardization is an important tool to promote accessibility in our everyday lives.

If, for example, all dishwashers have Braille signs and bigger, easy to use buttons, this will be an advantage both for blind and visually impaired people as well as for persons that are restricted in their dexterity. The availability of such a dishwasher on the mainstream market will make it more affordable for consumers as no specific adaptation of the product is necessary anymore. It will also create an economic potential for manufacturers and retailers if they increase their target group.

Therefore, EDF closely monitors the implementation of the principles of Design for All in legislation and standardisation work on the national and European levels, through various tools and bodies. It is also vital for EDF that the European standardisation bodies work in close cooperation with disability organisations.

European standardization bodies:

  • CEN: the European Committee for standardization
  • CENELEC: the European Committee for electronic standardization
  • ETSI: the European Telecommunications Standards Institute
  • ANEC is the organization representing consumers’ interests in standardization and certification.

Relevant existing European standards:

EN 301 549 on accessibility requirements for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) products and services

Relevant standardization initiatives (ongoing):

M/420 on European accessibility requirements for public procurement in the built environment

M/473 to include “Design for All” in relevant standardisation initiatives