NA 005

DIN Standards Committee Building and Civil Engineering


Accessibility and usability of the built environment - Functional requirements; German version EN 17210:2021


This European Standard (EN) describes basic, common minimum functional requirements and recommendations for an accessible and usable built environment, following the Design for All/Universal design principles . The standard specifies what is necessary to align with these principles which will facilitate equitable and safe use for a wide range of users.The requirements and recommendations are applicable to across the full spectrum of the built environment and can be used as criteria for awarding public contracts (in support of the Public Procurement Directives).These functional accessibility and usability requirements are specifically applicable to the design, construction, refurbishment or adaptation, and maintenance of public or public-use environments including external pedestrian and urban areas.NOTE 1 Design for All and Universal Design share a similar inclusive design philosophy. "Universal design" means the design of products, environments, programmes and services to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. "Universal design" shall not exclude assistive devices for particular groups of persons with disabilities where this is needed.NOTE 2 Terms such as "design for all", "universal design", "accessible design", "barrier-free design", "inclusive design" and "transgenerational design" are often used interchangeably with the same meaning.





Planned document number

DIN EN 17210

Project number


Responsible national committee

NA 005-01-11 AA - Accessibility in the built environment (national mirror committee for ISO/TC 59/SC 16 and CEN/BT/WG 207) 

Responsible european committee

CEN/CLC/JTC 11 - Accessibility in the built environment 

draft standard

Accessibility and usability of the built environment - Functional requirements; German and English version prEN 17210:2019
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previous edition(s)

Construction of accessible buildings - Design principles - Part 3: Public circulation areas and open spaces

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Construction of accessible buildings - Design principles - Part 2: Dwellings

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Construction of accessible buildings - Design principles - Part 1: Publicly accessible buildings

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