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

Paul Walsh, Segala paul at segala.com
Wed Mar 1 17:37:29 GMT 2006


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      -----Original Message-----
      From: irl-dean-admin at list.eeng.dcu.ie 
      [mailto:irl-dean-admin at list.eeng.dcu.ie] On Behalf Of 
      Mark Magennis
      Sent: 01 March 2006 15:55
      To: irl-dean at list.eeng.dcu.ie
      Subject: [Irl-dean] FW: revised public procurement 
      regulations and ICT accessibility
      
      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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