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A new important step towards accessibility in the ICT domain
CEN, CENELEC and ETSI establish Joint Working Group on eAccessibility.
The three European Standards Organizations (ESOs), CEN (the European Committee for Standardization)
In order to tackle this issue, standardization work during Phase 2 of M/376 will have an objective to fill in the identified gaps with a set of functional accessibility requirements. The expected outcome of this work is a new European Standard (EN) that will include the functional accessibility requirements applicable to all ICT products and services, intended to be used for conformity assessment in procurement processes, as well as the development of an electronic toolkit enabling procurers to make use of those harmonized requirements in a procurement process.
The JWG appointed Dr. Matthias SCHNEIDER (NOKIA), representing ETSI, as Chairman of the group, with Mrs Cristina RODRÍGUEZ-PORRERO (Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Affairs and Equality) and Mr Óscar QUEROL (AFME), representing CEN and CENELEC respectively, as Vice-Chairmen. The secretariat is held by AENOR, the Spanish Association for Standardization and Certification.
Participants of this JWG include national members from CEN and CENELEC, and ETSI members. The European Commission and the European Free Trade Association may also participate. It is foreseen that other stakeholders will be invited to contribute, including representatives of the community of disabled people (e.g. the European Disability Forum and other stakeholders such as ANEC, the European consumer voice in standardization, etc.), as well as international standards organizations and organizations representing other regions of the world.
An ETSI Specialist Task Force (STF) and a CEN Project Team (PT) will develop the deliverables of the Mandate.
The kick-off meeting of the JWG on eAccessibility took place on 15 February 2011 in the CEN-CENELEC Meeting Centre in Brussels. The next meeting is scheduled for 23 June 2011 and will be hosted at the CEN-CENELEC Management Centre in Brussels.
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ETSI produces globally-applicable ICT standards, including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, aeronautical, broadcast and IP technologies. An independent, not-for-profit association, ETSI's 700+ member companies come from 62 countries worldwide. For more information:
The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) is a business catalyst in Europe, removing trade barriers for European stakeholders such as industry, public administration, service providers, consumers and other stakeholders. Through its services CEN provides a platform for the development of European Standards and other specifications. http://www.cen.eu
The European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization is officially responsible for standardization in the electrotechnical field. CENELEC creates market access at the European level but also at the international level. http://www.cenelec.eu