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Open Meeting and Public Consultation of Joint Report "Accessibility in Built Environment"


Photo of platform edge - mind the gap28 September 2011, Brussels, Belgium.

Following the European Mandate 420 to CEN (European Committee for Standardisation), two teams of experts have prepared a report on European and International accessibility standards in the built environment.

The report will be discussed at an Open Meeting at CEN Headquarters.

Mandate 420 seeks to establish the nature and status of accessibility legislation, standards and design guidelines, as well as monitoring and control systems in European Union Member States and other countries.

The first phase of the work analyses the current situation and shall present recommendations and a plan for the development of possible EU-wide access standards for the built environment.

The study examines, in particular, the role of public procurement in achieving an accessible environment for all citizens. 


  Phase I: Inventory, analysis and feasibility of European and International accessibility standards in the built environment

  • Team A: Inventory and feasibility of existing European and International standards, building codes, technical regulations and guidance documents for accessibility in the built environment
  • Team B: Analysis of European and International accessibility requirements and assessment of existing testing and conformity schemes

Download the Report from the right-hand panel in PDF format.

CEN writes:
Comments on this document will be welcomed for a two months period of public consultation (deadline for comments: 2011-10-09).

It will be highly appreciated to receive written comments before 20 September in order to be considered in the M/420 Open Meeting that will take place in Brussels on 28 September.

Comments should be submitted on a special form, available from CEN.

For further details and Meeting Registration, visit the CEN Website

ENAT has followed the work of the M 420 expert teams and will participate in the Open Meeting in Brussels, contributing its opinion on issues concerning the tourism sector.

Contact ENAT if you have any comments on the Report or points that you would like ENAT to make on your behalf at the Open Meeting.