Normalización europea: ¡las personas con discapacidad también quieren formar parte! / European standardisation: persons with disabilities want to be part of it too!

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20/01/2012

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Determinadas normas europeas sobre aparatos de uso doméstico contienen una cláusula de exclusión. Se señala claramente que, al crear el estándar, la seguridad no se ha previsto en las situaciones donde los niños y personas con discapacidad utilizan los aparatos antes mencionados sin supervisión. FED considera que esta es la discriminación por motivos de discapacidad. Es por ello que la actual revisión del sistema europeo de normalización ofrece la oportunidad de evitar esta situación en el futuro.

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Certain European standards on household appliances contain an exclusion clause. It clearly points out that, while creating the standard, safety has not been envisaged in situations where children and persons with disabilities used the aforementioned appliances without supervision. EDF considers that this is discrimination on the basis of disability. That is why the current revision of the European standardisation system offers an opportunity to avoid such situation in the future.

EDF is aware and very supportive of the current work of the European standardisation organisations in the field of accessibility for persons with disabilities. And we consider that the proposal for a Regulation on European Standardisation, issued by the European Commission in 2011 and currently scrutinizing by the European Parliament and Council, would reinforce these efforts and strengthen them. It represents a step forward better involvement of organisations of persons with disabilities in European standardisation and thus for ensuring that European standards include accessibility requirements of disabled people.

WHAT NEEDS TO BE IMPROVED

EDF certainly welcomes the measures concerning social stakeholders, such as organisations of persons with disabilities, of the legislative proposal of the European Commission. However, some aspects still need to be considered:

– EDF considers that the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, concluded by the EU, must be the framework to live up to and should be clearly referenced in the future Regulation.

– The measures in relation to participation of social stakeholders and organisations of persons with disabilities, and the accompanying financial support, is crucial to us to have an inclusive European standards system. They should remain and be strengthen.

– Considering accessibility from the onset in the creation and development of European standards is key of inclusive European standards and should be clearly indicated in the legislative proposal.

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