End-user involvement in standardisation: stakeholder group issues recommendations

PROGRESSIVE STAIR-AHA Second Meeting

 

How could standards help take up the challenges of Europe's ageing populations? What about ethical guidelines? What standards are missing? How to take the views of older citizens on board in standard development?

Those are the key questions AGE and partners tried to answer together with participants to the event jointly organised by the PROGRESSIVE project and the recently established CEN/CENELEC STAIR-AHA Platform on “A new approach to Active and Healthy Ageing standards engaging end-users”, last 31st January 2019 in Brussels.

The event brought together more than 60 experts on active and healthy ageing from 16 European countries - plus Australia - to reflect on how to best approach ageing-related challenges in standardisation. Throughout the event, participants recalled the importance of involving end-users, including older persons’ representatives, in standardisation initiatives to make sure that those initiatives will effectively meet the needs of the growing and heterogeneous EU's older population.

Julia Wadoux, AGE Policy Coordinator, made a presentation on age-friendly smart homes and the use of technology as a tool for independent life in older age, focusing on major challenges in relation to: ageing in place, social isolation and loneliness, accessibility and integration within the city and across, urban areas, and social exclusion. Given these challenges, smart homes need to comply with broader frameworks that relate to agefriendliness.

 

 

More information:

Read the policy statement issued as a result of the event
Read the event summary and full event report
Discover the PROGRESSIVE toolset

 

For more information, please contact Estelle Huchet, estelle.huchet@age-platform.eu

 

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