AV Specification

Regulations and standards - the equality act (EA) 2010

The Equality Act (EA) 2010 incorporated (and repealed) the DDA, rendering the term ‘DDA compliant’ obsolete.

The EA incorporates protection provided for disabled people by the DDA, but is broder in its application. It covers services in the commercial, retail, financial, residential, education, healthcare and transport sectors.

As the EA relates to access to services rather than to premises, consequently buildings and products cannot be ‘EA compliant’.

Instead, they must comply with either Part M of the Building Regulations or the recognised technical standard BS 8300.

Despite this, DDA compliance is still the way many people refer to accessibility regarding doors.

Put simply, doors and the related access considerations around them need to be specified to meet the requirements of Approved Document M of the Building Regulations, using products that need to meet the codes of practice set out in BS 8300.


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