The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) is a federation of national associations of certified radio amateurs, representing over 150 countries and separate territories around the world.

The three IARU Regions are organised to broadly mirror the structure of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and its related regional telecommunications organisations. The Regions comprise:
- IARU Region 1: Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Northern Asia
- IARU Region 2: The Americas
- IARU Region 3: Asia-Pacific

The IARU represents the interests of the Amateur Radio Service worldwide to relevant international organisations, promoting the interests of amateur radio and seeking to protect and enhance its spectrum privileges.

New CEPT recommendation on licence examinations for persons with disabilities

A new recommendation adopted by the Electronic Communications Committee (ECC) of the European Conference of Postal and Telecommuncations Administrations (CEPT) seeks to ease the access of persons with disabilities to licence eximations for the Amateur Radio Service.

ECC Recommendation (14)05 was drafted by the IARU Region 1 Regulatory Affairs Coordinator and was adopted by ECC on 10 October 2014 after a consultation process with several administrations providing comments. 

The recommendation observes that «for persons with disabilities, participating in the amateur service […] is not only an important means of technical self-qualification by setting and achieving goals, but also a way of integration into society by communicating with other persons of like interests». However, licence examinations designed for non-disabled candidates «can prove to be a significant impediment in obtaining the necessary qualifications to operate a station».

Several administrations of CEPT member countries have already adopted practices to adapt amateur radio licence examinations to the specific needs of candidates with disabilities. For other administrations ECC Recommendation (14)05 provides a framework for action.  

The document states that the examination syllabus should be identical for all candidates but that testing procedures take into account the individual disability of candidates as confirmed by an official document. Such procedures can include 

Individual testing where appropriate and/or providing reasonable additional examination time.

Diagram-free questions for visually impaired persons which are read out for them and their answers noted by an examiner or an assistant. A possible alternative would be questions provided in Braille.

Examinations conducted in the home of candidates with severely limited mobility.

Link to recommendation in the CEPT database: