TECHNICAL STANDARDS

We abide by all the European, National and Regional regulations with some bearing on our goals. We also compile all information related to standardisation/homologation issues and the promotion of the Information Society, insofar as accessibility is concerned.

Standardisation is an essential tool for the industrial and commercial development of a country. It enables improved design, the manufacture of products and the provision of services, increases competitiveness and provides guarantees for the manufactured products under the auspices of recognised technical standards.

The manufacture of aid products, just as all technological and industrial processes, require certain technical and functional demands so that the products obtained are effective. These conditions must be grounded on knowledge, the result of experience and technological development, and all parties involved must have an input into their manufacture: industry, users, professionals, etc.

Therefore, there is a clear need to create rules and standards so that forward steps are taken by the production sector regarding the design of products and services that are based on standards to guarantee optimum results and successful entry into the market.

  • The international standards established by the global framework of standards applicable to accessibility technologies are defined by the International Standards Organisation, ISO (www.iso.org(New window)). Although there are several standards related to the field of health and rehabilitation technologies, the most significant regarding accessibility technologies are the new UNE-EN-ISO 999:2007 standards.
  • The European standards on the topic of accessibility have been developed via mandates from the European Commission to the European standardisation bodies: the European Committee for Standardisation, CEN (www.cen.eu/cenorm/homepage.htm(New window)), the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation, CENELEC (www.cenelec.eu/Cenelec/Homepage.htm(New window)) and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, ETSI (www.etsi.org(New window)).
  • The national standards. The Spanish State Centre for Personal Autonomy and Technical Aid, CEAPAT (www.ceapat.org(New window)) defines the technical regulations regarding accessibility and products based on the body responsible for Spanish standardisation, AENOR (www.aenor.es(New window)).

Generally speaking, two issues related to standardisation in Spain can be highlighted:

  • More pragmatic standards are required that provide an incentive for companies to consider and employ accessibility criteria in the work they do.
  • It is necessary to tackle human factors (psycho-physical, abilities or disabilities, cognitive aspects and other more emotional aspects, such as tastes or preferences) that influence the development of a system.

The following document completes the analysis of product standardisation and approval.

  • Patronos de CENTAC: El Corte Inglés, Fund. ONCE, Fund. Vodafone, Telefónica, Tüv Rheinland, CERMI, RPSD, Red. CEAPAT, CRE