The Council of the European Union recently approved the Public Sector Web Accessibility Directive (the Web Accessibility Directive). The Web Accessibility Directive applies to the public sector only and will require websites and mobile apps of administrations, public hospitals, Courts and other public bodies to meet European accessibility standards. In addition members of the public will be able to request information if content is inaccessible or report non-compliance by clicking compulsory feedback links on public sector websites and apps.

The Web Accessibility Directive is yet to be finally approved by Parliament but it is expected that it will be finalised in the Autumn 2016 and will come into force by 2019.

Public sector bodies should consider building accessibility compliance into their website and app tenders and begin planning the process for implementing the Web Accessibility Directive.