Basics for the AIS Certification System
The AIS Certification System for the Accessibility Level is the first Standard Regulation System to be voluntarily applied for accessibility matters.It envisions accessibility in an complete and integral way as part of another dimension for social responsibility within companies, public and private entities as well as individuals.
The AIS System compiles a series of standards that allow us to certificate the level of accessibility found in services, facilities, installations, and products in their preliminary phase of design or once they have been developed.
AIS standards respond to usability criteria, comfort and safety for every individual, no matter their circumstances or needs.
It is the result of an ongoing investigation and research since 2006, that proves the ARS Foundation commitment towards the improvement and continuous update of the standards according to individuals’ social demands and needs.
The AIS Standards are voluntary, never compulsory:
The achievement of Accessibility Certification is a voluntary process that on the other hand, needs to integrate all legal aspects concerning accessibility that are applicable.
The thousands of AIS Certificates issued so far shows that this process ads value and guarantees to both the certified entities as well as the final consumers of the certified spaces, services, and products. The transparency and different steps of the certification (Registration, verification, evaluation, certification, and maintenance) aid the integration in the managing and RSC processes of the beneficiary entity.
AIS is a Harmonized System:
The R+D+I work done by the ARS Foundation has enabled us to nurture the AIS System and concentrate in the current and actual three standards.
Standard AIS 1/2018 for Built Environment provides criteria to design and/or evaluate the spaces and services used by individuals.
Standard AIS 2/2018 provides criteria to design and/or evaluate products and digital services such as websites, apps…
Standard AIS 3/2018 provides criteria to design and/or evaluate products that are equipped with accessible performances in areas such as communication sign/labels, furniture, mobile elements in transportation.
Standard AIS take as its source the Mandatory Law decreets and legislations, both Nationwide and Internationally, as well as the standard criteria for usability, comfort and safety obtained after years of Good practising and the casuistic resulted upon a continuous research.
The AIS System is independent:
The Foundation for Accessibility is an independent entity. It is not governmental or attached to any public or private organization, neither in its constitution or its funding, which proves its impartiality by not being part of any Administration organism, with no business holdings or associate links beyond its own representation as a Foundation.
In addition, it offers warranties in the certification process, reporting about the process to all parties involved as well as publicly submitting the information regarding processes and certifications issued. Moreover, it is a warrant for the Intellectual property rights and trademark of both the System and the AIS Regulations at an international level.