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ME-067 Assistive Technology Products for Persons with Disability Meeting Number 52 held in Brisbane on the 17th and 18th of June.

Tuesday 16, Jul 2019

ME-067 Held meeting number 52 in Brisbane on 17 & 18 June.  ME-067 is the Standards Australia committee that works on drafting, reviewing and updating national and international standards relating to assistive technology products for persons with disability. An information page on ARATA’s work in Australian and International Standards can be found on the ARATA homepage at the following link http://www.arata.org.au/about-at/standards/

 

  1. Review of AS/NZS 3973:2009 Shower/toilet chairs (mobile and static)
  2. AS 3954-2019 : Motor vehicle controls - Adaptive systems for people with disabilities is now published
  3. ME067’s press  release on Motor vehicle controls standard AS 3954:2019, Motor vehicle driver controls - Adaptive systems for people with disabilities
  4. AS/NZS 3695.2: 2019: Requirements and test methods for electrically powered wheelchairs (including mobility scooters) is now published
  5. AS/NZS 3696.2-2008 — Wheelchairs, Part 2: Determination of dynamic stability of electric wheelchairs
  6. International Participation of the ME-067 committee members

 

 

  1. Review of Australian standards: AS/NZS 3856 part 1 and 2: Hoists and ramps for people with disabilities—Vehicle-mounted:   A project proposal will be submitted in the coming months and if the proposal is accepted the committee is also considering merging both the standards into one. The committee will be looking at the relevant   ANSI-American National Standards Institute standard and Road vehicle standards bill if the project proposal is accepted. The committee with the help of few industry experts reviewed the standard and identified few key areas that need addressing with most important issues around the ambiguity over safe working load limit.

 

  1. Review of AS/NZS 3973:2009 Shower/toilet chairs (mobile and static): No progress was made regarding the revision of this standard since the last meeting it was acknowledged that the groundwork for these projects was running far behind schedule.  The committee has received interest from various professionals to review this standard but they haven’t been contacted. It was agreed that the ME067 project manager (Madeleine Manousaridis) would take lead on this project and contact the group soon.

 

  1. AS 3954-2019: Motor vehicle controls - Adaptive systems for people with disabilities: This standard is now published and the preview of the document can be found in the link here (https://infostore.saiglobal.com/preview/439685806528.pdf?sku=1147108_SAIG_AS_AS_2719881).

 

  1. ME067’s press release on Motor vehicle controls standard AS 3954:2019 : Standards Australia made a press release on this standard and how it may influence the sector. The article can be accessed in this link  (Motor vehicle controls standard is revised to help increase driver safety)

 

  1. AS/NZS 3695 Wheelchairs Part 2: Requirements and test methods for electrically powered wheelchairs (including mobility scooters):  : This standard is now published and the preview of the document can be found in the link here  https://infostore.saiglobal.com/en-au/Standards/AS-3695-2-2019-101369_SAIG_AS_AS_2725147/

 

  1. AS/NZS 3696.2-2008 — Wheelchairs, Part 2: Determination of dynamic stability of electric wheelchairs:  The committee agreed to withdraw this standard in the anticipation of the direct adoption of  ISO 7176-2 Wheelchairs — Part 2: Determination of dynamic stability of electrically powered wheelchairs, however a project proposal needs to be submitted before. 

 

  1. International Participation of the ME-067 committee members: Members of the ME067 technical committee have been taking an active role in the development of the international standards for many years by being a part of ISO technical committee 173. The primary objective of ISO/TC173 is to produce international standards in the field of assistive products and related services to assist a person in compensating for reduced abilities. Some of the projects the committee members that are currently involved in include:

 

  • ISO/CD 10535 : Hoists for the transfer of disabled persons -- Requirements and test methods
  • ISO/DIS 21801-1 : Cognitive accessibility -- Part 1: General guidelines
  • ISO/CD 7176-14 : Wheelchairs -- Part 14: Power and control systems for electrically powered wheelchairs and scooters -- Requirements and test methods
  • ISO/DIS 10542-1  Wheelchair tie down and occupant-restraint systems -- Part 1: Requirements and test methods for all systems
  • ISO/NP TS 16840-7 Wheelchair seating -- Part 7: Cushion heat & water vapour testing 
  • ISO/CD 9999 Assistive products for persons with disability -- Classification and terminology