Directive 2019/882 - Accessibility requirements for products and services

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Current status

This directive has been published on June  7, 2019, entered into force on June 27, 2019 and should have been implemented in national regulation on June 28, 2022 at the latest.


Key information

official title

Directive (EU) 2019/882 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2019 on the accessibility requirements for products and services
Legal instrument Directive
Number legal act Directive 2019/882
Original proposal COM(2015)615 EN
CELEX number i 32019L0882


Key dates

Document 17-04-2019; Date of signature
Publication in Official Journal 07-06-2019; OJ L 151 p. 70-115
Signature 17-04-2019
Effect 27-06-2019; Entry into force Date pub. +20 See Art 34
Deadline 27-06-2019; See Art 26.2
27-06-2024; See Art 26.2
28-06-2025; See Art 2 And 32
28-06-2030; See Art 32.1 And 33.1
End of validity 31-12-9999
Transposition 28-06-2022; Adoption See Art 31.1
28-06-2025; Application See Art 31.2
28-06-2027; Application At the latest See Art 31.3


Legislative text



Official Journal of the European Union

L 151/70



of 17 April 2019

on the accessibility requirements for products and services

(Text with EEA relevance)


Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Article 114 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

After transmission of the draft legislative act to the national parliaments,

Having regard to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee (1),

Acting in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure (2),




The purpose of this Directive is to contribute to the proper functioning of the internal market by approximating laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States as regards accessibility requirements for certain products and services by, in particular, eliminating and preventing barriers to the free movement of certain accessible products and services arising from divergent accessibility requirements in the Member States. This would increase the availability of accessible products and services in the internal market and improve the accessibility of relevant information.



The demand for accessible products and services is high and the number of persons with disabilities is projected to increase significantly. An environment where products and services are more accessible allows for a more inclusive society and facilitates independent living for persons with disabilities. In this context, it should be borne in mind that the prevalence of disability in the Union is higher among women than among men.



This Directive defines persons with disabilities in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted on 13 December 2006 (UN CRPD), to which the Union has been a Party since 21 January 2011 and which all Member States have ratified. The UN CRPD states that persons with disabilities ‘include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others’. This Directive promotes full and effective equal participation by improving access to mainstream products and services that, through their initial design or subsequent adaptation, address the particular needs of persons with disabilities.



Other persons who experience functional limitations, such as elderly persons, pregnant women or persons travelling with luggage, would also benefit from this Directive. The concept of ‘persons with functional limitations’, as referred to in this Directive, includes persons who have any physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments, age related impairments, or other human body performance related causes, permanent or temporary, which, in interaction with various barriers, result in their reduced access to products and services, leading to a situation that requires those products and services to be adapted to their particular needs.



The disparities between the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of Member States concerning the accessibility of products and services for persons with disabilities, create barriers to the free movement of products and services and distort effective competition in the internal market. For some products and services, those disparities are likely to increase in the Union after the entry into force of the UN CRPD. Economic operators, in particular small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), are particularly affected by those barriers.



Due to the differences in national accessibility requirements,...


This text has been adopted from EUR-Lex.


Original proposal



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