European Accessibility Requirements for Public Procurement of Products and Services in the ICT Domain
(European Commission Standardization Mandate M 376, Phase 2)

News

28th February 2013 The draft standard EN 301 549 "Accessibility requirements for public procurement of ICT products and services in Europe" entered its public enquiry (PE) phase which will end on 28th July 2013.

Background of the Work

European Commission (EC) Mandate M 376 (PDF document) requires the three European standards organisations CEN, CENELEC and ETSI to harmonise and facilitate the public procurement of accessible information and communication technologies (ICT) products and services within Europe. They will identify a set of functional accessibility requirements for public procurement, and then develop an online toolkit through which public procurers can access these requirements in a structured way as part of the normal procurement process.

In 2008, Phase 1 of the work produced two reports, ETSI TR 102 612 "Human Factors; European accessibility requirements for public procurement of products and services in the ICT domain" (PDF document), and CEN BTWG 185 and CENELEC BTWG 101-5 Report "Conformity assessment systems and schemes for accessibility requirements" (PDF document). These are used as the foundation of Phase 2.

Current Work

In January 2011 Mandate M 376 Phase 2 started. This phase of the work, co-funded by the European Commission (EC), is managed by a Joint Working Group (JWG) of CEN, CENELEC and ETSI, with AENOR as the Secretariat. The JWG is supported by two teams of experts: an ETSI "Specialist Task Force" and a CEN/CENELEC "Project Team". Together, these expert teams will develop a European Standard (EN), an online toolkit and three supporting technical reports (TR), all of which will assist public procurement bodies when acquiring accessible ICT products and services.

Open Workshops

CEN, CENELEC and ETSI held two open workshops on "European Accessibility requirements in public procurement of ICT products and services" in Brussels on 11th May 2011 and 28th October 2011. These were workshops that gave stakeholders an opportunity to learn about the work, to discuss the latest drafts of the standards and reports and to give feedback about the work being done.
Here are the documents of the first open workshop and the second open workshop.

Participate

The draft standard EN 301 549 "Accessibility requirements for public procurement of ICT products and services in Europe" (PDF document) entered its 5 month public enquiry (PE) phase which will end on 28th July 2013.
Interested people, organizations, or national public procurement agencies, are invited to get in contact with, and provide their comments via CEN and CENELEC, and ETSI members:

The following drafts were submitted for approval at the Joint Working Group meeting on 5th December 2012.

The deliverables D5 "Online Procurement Toolkit for accessible ICT products and services" and D6 "Additional guidance and support material for the procurement of accessible ICT products and services" are now integrated in the Accessible ICT Procurement Toolkit (password protected).

The deliverables from the various phases of public consultation, together with the respective resolutions of the received comments, are available in the Archive of all Public Consultations for Mandate M 376 Phase 2.

For general comment relating to the above, or to comment on other aspects of the work, please contact us at .

Tentative Time Plan

Date Key Milestone
January 2011 Start of Mandate M 376 Phase 2.
February 2011 Start of work.
15th February 2011 First meeting of the CEN/CENELEC/ETSI Joint Working Group (JWG) in Brussels.
March 2011 Table of Contents and Scope for the standard (EN) and Technical Reports (deliverables D1, D2, D3, D4, D5, and D6) available for internal CEN/CENELEC/ETSI JWG comments due by 21st April 2011.
11th May 2011 First Joint Open Workshop (in Brussels) to involve the procurement community in the work.
June 2011 Drafts of the standard (EN) and Technical Reports (D1, D2, D3 and D4) containing scope and table of contents released and announced.
10th August 2011 Start of the First public consultation period on the initial drafts of the standard (EN) and Technical Reports (D1, D2, D3, D4, D5, and D6) which is opened until 12th September 2011.
August 2011 The call for tenders to develop the online toolkit (D5) is published.
12th September 2011 End of the first public consultation period on deliverables D1, D2, D3, D4, D5, and D6.
28th October 2011 Second Joint Open Workshop (in Brussels) to involve the procurement community in the work.
28th October 2011 Second meeting of the CEN/CENELEC/ETSI Joint Working Group (JWG) in Brussels.
5th December 2011 Start of the additional public consultation period on the revised draft of the standard (EN) (D1) which is opened until 31st December 2011.
31st December 2011 End of the additional public consultation period on deliverable D1.
30th April 2012 Start of the Second public consultation period on the stable drafts of the standard (EN) and Technical Reports (D1, D2, D3, and D4) which is opened until 31st May 2012.
31st May 2012 End of the second public consultation period on deliverables D1, D2, D3, and D4.
31st July 2012 Start of the Final public consultation period on the standard (EN) and Technical Reports (D1, D2, and D3) which is open until 15th September 2012.
15th September 2012 End of the final public consultation period on deliverables D1, D2, and D3.
19th November 2012 Final drafts of the standard (EN) and Technical Reports (deliverables D1, D2, D3 and D4) available for internal CEN/CENELEC/ETSI JWG approval.
5th December 2012 Third meeting of the CEN/CENELEC/ETSI Joint Working Group (JWG) in Brussels.
31st January 2013 The draft version of the toolkit (D5 and D6) is released for internal revision by CEN/CENELEC/ETSI JWG members.
28th February 2013 The draft standard EN 301 549 "Accessibility requirements for public procurement of ICT products and services in Europe" entered its public enquiry (PE) phase which will end on 28th July 2013.
28th July 2013 End of the Public Enquiry (PE) phase of the draft standard EN 301 549.
September 2013 Comments resolution meetings on EN 301 549 during the PE phase.
October 2013 Fourth CEN/CENELEC/ETSI Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting for approval of the last draft of EN 301 549.
November / December 2013 The EN 301 549 is going to national vote under ETSI arrangements.
January / February 2014 The European Standard is formally adopted by all 3 ESOs
28th February 2014 Publication of the European Standard with triple logos and joint copyrights.
February 2014 The final version of the toolkit (D5) is released.

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