The European Standardization Organizations – CEN, CENELEC and ETSI – has announced the publication of a new European accessibility standard on accessibility requirements for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) products and services.
This new standard (EN 301 549) is the first European Standard for accessible ICT. It is intended in particular for use by public authorities and other public sector bodies during procurement, to ensure that websites, software, digital devices are more accessible – so they may be used by persons with a wide range of abilities.
The new European Standard on ‘Accessibility requirements suitable for public procurement of ICT products and services in Europe’, EN 301 549, was produced by CEN, CENELEC and ETSI in response to a request from the European Commission (Mandate 376). It was developed by an international team of experts, with the participation of the ICT industry and organizations representing consumers, people with disabilities and older persons.
Erik Zetterström from ICT Enablers contributed to the contributed to the creation of the standard as an appointed expert by ETSI.