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[Irl-dean] FW: revised public procurement regulations and ICT accessibility

Mark Magennis mark.magennis at ncbi.ie
Wed Mar 1 15:54:52 GMT 2006


Dear all,

I just got a reply from the Dept of Finance to my email about the
transposing of the Public Procurement Directives. It basically says
"we're doing a good job thank you very much" and doesn't specifically
address my suggestion or the question I asked. Ho hum.

Mark

-----Original Message-----
From: Noone, Billy [mailto:Billy.Noone at finance.gov.ie] 
Sent: 01 March 2006 12:04
To: mark.magennis at ncbi.ie
Subject: RE: revised public procurement regulations and ICT
accessibility


Dear Mark

Thanks for your message. The public procurement Directives are generic
documents which have the primary aim of promoting of an open, fair,
competitive and transparent public procurement market. 

In transposing the Directives, the National Public Procurement Policy
Unit took on board the provisions which related to Design for All and
accessibility for persons with disabilities to the extent possible
within the paramaters of the Directives.  

We feel that the provisions of the draft Regulations complement and
appropriately facilitate implementation of the provisions of the
Disability Act 2005, in particular Part 3 of that Act which promotes
access to mainstream public services and information and to public
buildings. These and other statutory provisions, such as Building
Regulations, together with the Code of Practice for public bodies being
developed by the National Disability Authority, and the sectoral plans
to be prepared and published in key area of the public sector and public
services, represent positive actions to enhance the participation of
people with disabilities in everyday life.  

I hope this is of assistance.

Best regards

Billy Noone

National Public Procurement Policy Unit
Department of Finance
Dublin 2

Phone + 353 1 639 6216


-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Magennis [mailto:mark.magennis at ncbi.ie] 
Sent: 24 February 2006 11:15
To: Noone, Billy
Subject: revised public procurement regulations and ICT accessibility


Dear Billy,

I am writing in support of Gerry Ellis's communication to you concerning
the ICT accessibility provisions in the draft regulations implementing
the revised public procurement Directives for the public sector.

I am fully in accordance Gerry's assertion that Design for All and
accessibility for people with disabilities should be explicitly required
in both the Contract Notice and the Technical Specifications for the
contract.

In order the achieve these aims, I would like to suggest the following
alteration to the wording:

In 23(2), replace the words "take account of the need to prescribe
accessibility criteria" with "take account of the need to design for all
by including accessibility criteria".

I feel that the word "include" is appropriate and unequivocal.

As well as the Technical Specification, it is important to ensure that
the requirement for accessibility is explicitly stated in the Contract
Notice. Can I assume that in 48(2), where it says "The invitation must
... include a copy of the relevant specifications or descriptive
document and of each of the supporting documents (if any)", this means
that the contract notice (RFT) will always include the full technical
specification, including the accessibility requirement?

Regards,

Dr. Mark Magennis
Director of the Centre for Inclusive Technology (CFIT)
National Council for the Blind of Ireland
Whitworth Road, Dublin 9, Republic of Ireland
www.cfit.ie

mark.magennis at ncbi.ie   tel: +353 (0)71 914 7464


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