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Design for All Protocol

Name: Design for All Protocol

Identifier: Not applicable

Issuing Organisation: CEN and CENELEC

Country: European

Language: English

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Link to standard (opens in new window):

Availability: Free to Access

Type: Guidelines

Issue Year: 2017

Forward Review Date: Not known

Fields: Assistive Technologies  Built Environment and Outdoor Spaces  Communication and Information  Digital Health  Engagement, Inclusion and Citizenship  Health and Wellbeing  Housing and Care Facilities  Travel, Transport, and Mobility 

Intended Audiences: Third (Voluntary) Sector Bodies, Private Sector Bodies, Professional and Trade Bodies, and Governmental and Public Sector Bodies


This is a methodology, called ‘Protocol’, that helps Technical Bodies or standardizers to decide if and how accessibility following a ‘Design for All’ approach should be addressed when reviewing an existing, or developing a new standardization project.
The ‘Protocol‘ ( may be used at any stage of the standardization process.

Relevance to Active and Healthy Ageing: High

Older Person Specific: No

Usage / Adoption status: All CEN and CENELEC TCs are invited to use this methodology. This document supports the European Policies regarding accessibility and usability, and was developed under M/473 of the EC.


This “Protocol” is given as a help for standards developers to identify is accessibility is relevant to the products and/or services relevant to the documents they produce.

The ‘Protocol’ process is explained by a series of documents available to the public:

– Understanding when accessibility following a Design for All approach is relevant ( Examples of context of use, environmental and human limitations where accessibility following a ‘Design for All’ approach is necessary.

– The Protocol and how to use it (

– The Protocol Form (Format I) (

– The Protocol Form (Format II) (

– Explanation on Direct and indirect relevance in Standardization (

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