Description

Have public authorities in your country obligations/rules to include functional accessibility requirements in ICT and built environment public procurement procedures?
This question ask about whether, in public procurement procedures (processes for awarding contracts for the purchase of goods and services by the public authorities) there are mandatory provisions to secure access for persons with disabilities to, for example, public services, public buildings, public transport, public information and ICT goods and services. “Yes” means that specific national regulatory requirements on accessibility and design for all are fully incorporated in the tender documents, primarily in the form of technical specifications.

Relates to Convention Article:

  • No.9, Accessibility

In detail

Brief explanation of the question

This question asks for mandatory provisions, e.g. in public procurement procedures (processes for awarding contracts for the purchase of goods and services by the public authorities) to secure access for persons with disabilities to, for example, public services, public buildings, public transport, public information and ICT, goods and services. This question has been included since the incorporation of accessibility standards into procurement processes has the potential to exert considerable influence on whole economies within a country.

Public procurement amounts to 20 percent of GDP, or even more, in many countries of the world. Procurement procedures are, as a consequence, a critical mass for the whole economy, and changes in the products and services that are delivered here will have an influence on all products and services in the whole economy.

Summary of results

Accessibility is not very often a mandatory part of public procurement rules as shown by the map related to this question. The incorporation of accessibility standards into procurement processes has the potential to exert considerable influence over those keen to obtain the contract and therefore is a very powerful tool to create an accessible market for both good and services.
The most developed countries get best coefficients, but there is not a big difference between the other groups of countries. Only the very less developed ones are lagging behind substantially. Results for Central America seem to paint a comparatively positive picture, as there the coefficient is almost the same as for the countries of the European Union.

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