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Ulster University is playing a fundamental role in the Certification-D EU project which plans to develop and market innovative and trustworthy products for people with dementia.

The project is a collaboration between partners in various organisations from Belgium, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Northern Ireland. With a budget of 3.7 million Euros awarded by the EU Interreg North-West Europe Programme, the project will run for three years.

The main aim of Certification-D is to certify new dementia products to enable patients with dementia to lead a largely self-determined life. Project partners met in Belgium from the 12th – 14th February to start working on design requirements, on completion of the project the certification procedure will be established on a permanent basis with positively certified products receiving a recognized certification mark.

Dr Joan Condell of Ulster University leads an interdisciplinary team spanning from the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences and the Faculty of Computing, Engineering, and the Built Environment.

Dr Joan Condell, Senior Lecturer in Computing and Intelligent Systems said:

“The Cert-D project builds on Ulster University’s reputation for pioneering research into healthcare and will provide excellent opportunities for companies to test, market and certify new dementia products alongside key local and regional stakeholders across Europe to develop new industry-led standards.

Co-design and co-creation with our EU partners are at the heart of the Cert-D project as we work together to improve the quality of life for people with dementia locally and internationally.