M/376 ICT procurement toolkit

M/376 ICT procurement toolkit

Subject: 
ICT and communication
Sub-subject: 
Accessibility and design for all
Reference: 
M/376 ICT procurement toolkit
Title: 
M/376 ICT procurement toolkit
Kind of resource: 
Guidance document
Year of publication: 
2014
Description: 
A key motivation of Mandate 376 and the Toolkit is to harmonize the accessibility requirements specified in public procurement in Member States as to “facilitate the work of industry”, “enlarge markets”, and “provide potential buyers” of accessible ICTs with better products and services. The purpose of this website is to help stakeholders to understand the implications of EN 301 549 in the context of public procurement. The scope of the Accessible ICT Procurement Toolkit is based on the contents of EN 301 549 and related Technical Reports produced in the context of Mandate 376. Nevertheless, the Toolkit includes a wide range of support and guidance material to facilitate procurers in incorporating accessibility as a criterion in the procurement of ICT products and services. In cases where the requirements of the EN 301 549 are found to be not sufficient, procurers may complement the accessibility requirements contained in EN 301 549 with additional requirements needed to ensure meaningful accessibility for a particular ICT product or service. This may be necessary to facilitate usage of the ICT by certain end users (e.g., people with different cognitive impairments, people with multiple disabilities) as well as in the case of non-mature technologies (for example, in real-time text or total conversation systems) or fast-evolving technologies (web or computers). Procurers may also involve local user organisations or accessibility experts within the country to ensure the complete fulfilment of user requirements in the procurement of ICT products and services. The Accessible ICT Procurement Toolkit enables procurers to precisely define commonly used and internationally harmonised accessibility requirements for an ICT product or service in a Call for Tenders. These accessibility requirements are taken directly from EN 301 549. 
Keywords: 
ICT, accessibility, usability, software, hardware, web
Organisation: 
CEN CENELEC ETSI
Geographical area: 
Europe