What are the regulations?

The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018

  • Websites, apps and documents hosted on websites must comply with accessibility standards (EN 301 549)​​
  • Public sector organisations must publish an accessibility statement​​
  • Government is required to monitor whether public sector websites are meeting these regulations​

What do we mean by Digital Accessibility​?

  • Ensuring that digital resources work for everyone, whatever their access needs​​
  • Scope includes websites, ​mobile appsdocuments, ebooks, video and audio.​​
  • Definition of website by Gov – anything, that you can access via a web browser​


  • Live audio and video and pre-recorded audio and video published before 23 September 2020​​
  • Maps​​
  • Documents such as PDFs published before 23 September 2018 that are not essential for services and heritage collections​​
  • Third-party content that isn’t under the organisation’s control or hasn’t been purchased (e.g. social media ‘like’ buttons)​​

Further details on the Government Digital Service website​​


What needs to happen for web content to be accessible

  • Rules
  • Regulations
  • Legal documentation
  • Government resources