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

Mark Magennis mark.magennis at ncbi.ie
Fri Mar 3 09:12:24 GMT 2006


As Paul suggested, I asked my question again and got the reply below.
This seems to mean that any accessibility provisions in the technical
spec will appear in the RFT, so that one seems to be covered.

Mark

-----Original Message-----
From: Noone, Billy [mailto:Billy.Noone at finance.gov.ie] 
Sent: 02 March 2006 10:10
To: mark.magennis at ncbi.ie
Subject: RE: revised public procurement regulations and ICT
accessibility


Mark

The full specifications must always be set out in the tender
documentation [RFT]. This is an essential requirement. The full
specifications will not normally be in the contract notice
[advertisement]. The "invitation" referred to is the invitation to
tender for those candidates who express an interest or are being invited
to submit tenders after a pre-selection procedure. 

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: 02 March 2006 09:56
To: Noone, Billy
Subject: RE: revised public procurement regulations and ICT
accessibility


Dear Billy,

Thanks for your reply, but it doesn't answer my question about the
inclusion of accessibility requirements in the Contract Notice.

In 48(2) it says "The invitation must ... include a copy of the relevant
specifications or descriptive document and of each of the supporting
documents (if any)"

Does this mean that the contract notice (RFT) will always include the
full technical specification, including the accessibility requirement?
If not, then I am concerned that tenderers may not take accessibility
into account in their tenders, and when they get the full technical
specification it will be too late. Maybe this is more likely to happen
with negotiated contracts?

Thanks,
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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