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News article30 April 20211 min read

Common EU standards for a built environment accessible to all

We are interested in methods, standards and anything that can help make the built environment more accessible.

Accessibility Standards
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Marie Denninghaus from the European Disability Forum shared via our website information about the European Standard EN 17210 for accessibility and usability of the built environment.

The standard was approved in late 2020 by the European Standardization Organizations CEN and CENELEC.

It sets out basic, common minimum functional requirements and recommendations applicable across the full spectrum of the built environment.

The standard will help the ?? Member States, particularly architects, guarantee access to the physical environment for persons with disabilities and many other people with functional limitations.

The goal is to facilitate equitable and safe use for a wide range of users following the Design for All/ Universal Design principles.

The functional accessibility and usability requirements and recommendations described in this standard are relevant to the design, construction refurbishment, adaptation, and maintenance of built environments including outdoor pedestrian and urban areas.

EN 17210:2021 was developed based on consensus and in close collaboration with relevant stakeholders: ANEC (European Association for the Coordination of Consumer Representation in Standardisation), EDF (European Disability Forum), AGE platform Europe, the European Commission, ENAT (European Network for Accessible Tourism), SBS (Small Business Standards) and ETSA (European Textile Services Association). CEN-CLC/JTC 11 also worked closely with CEN/TC 10 'Lifts, escalators and moving walks'.

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Publication date
30 April 2021