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CEN Workshop Agreement: how to assess Web Accessibility conformance

At the request of the European Commission, the Support-EAM project launched and conducted a CEN Workshop which produced a CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA 15554:2006) on 15th April 2006. The agreement presents the "Specifications for a Web Accessibility Conformity Assessment Scheme and a Web Accessibility Quality Mark". It has been published by the CEN as a first level European agreement on how standard conformity assessment schemes commonly used in Europe can apply to Web Accessibility conformity assessment.

This agreement reflects three types of demands that were identified:

  • supplier's declaration of conformity (according to ISO/IEC 17050),
  • inspection (according to ISO/IEC 17020),
  • and product certification (according to EN 45011).

The agreement also proposes a reasonable way for existing labelling schemes to improve and to harmonise.

An important recommendation of this workshop is the creation of a central European institute whose mission is to organise, harmonise and control practices in liaison with international bodies concerned. The activities proposed to the institute concerning the operation of the scheme are:

  • avoiding the fragmentation of the interpretation of guideline the harmonisation of Web Accessibility Quality Marks;
  • drafting a normative document setting criteria for Web Accessibility, in line with the adopted version of the WAI WCAG;
  • development of the web accessibility Quality Mark;
  • establishing agreements with parties issuing the Web Accessibility Quality Mark;
  • registration of websites which have been awarded the Web Accessibility Quality Mark;
  • market surveys;
  • creating an active dialogue with user groups.

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