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'RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR CONSUMER AFFAIRS'

WHATResearches and publishes free consumer reports on issues of concern to disabled and older adult consumers.
WHYTo provide practical information needed by disabled and older adult consumers along with better designed products and services which meets the needs of the older adult and disabled market.
WHEREResearch Institute for Consumer Affairs (RICA) formerly Ricability.
United Kingdom.


Program Description

The Research Institute for Consumer Affairs provides research work to manufacturers, service providers, regulators and policy makers in order to improve products and services for disabled and older adults consumers.

The institute aims to Increase awareness of the needs of disabled and older consumers to manufacturers and service providers.

The Research Institute for Consumer Affairs aims to help disabled and older people to live independently through the following work:

  • Product and Service Evaluation - tests, surveys and assessments carried out on a wide range of products and services.
  • Publication of guides for disabled and older adult consumers.
  • Research for other organizations to assist them in making products and services more appropriate for the disabled or age friendly.
  • Improving the standards of products and services by making manufacturers, service providers and regulators aware of the needs of older and disabled people.

The Research Institute for Consumer Affairs tests and researches home and technology products that help make home life easier, household appliances easier to use and better personal care products for older adults and the disabled.  Items such as cell phones, bathroom fixtures, wheelchairs, stair lifts and scooters are carefully looked at by the institute.
source: rica.org.uk

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