EU requirements applies immediately
On September 23, 2018, the Web Accessibility Directive enters into force, which means that all EU member states will have common requirements for web accessibility for the public sector. Where national legislation on accessibility exists, the laws need to be harmonised with the directive. In countries where no legislation on the topic is in place, new legislation needs to be written.
Some member states, like Sweden, will not be finishing the regulatory work before the deadline of September 23rd. In practice, however, this does not change anything for the agencies covered by the regulations, as the EU regulations begin to apply directly in countries that have failed to transpose the directive into national law in time.
It is unfortunate when the national preparatory work is delayed, says Susanna Laurin, CEO of Funka, who is supporting several countries implementing the directive. The public sector bodies need time to set up new routines and clear instructions from the central monitoring body will certainly help. On the other hand, this is a big shift for many member states, so it is understandable.
Preparations for meeting the new requirements are well under way in many authorities, municipalities and publicly owned companies in all our markets. The goal for websites, documents and apps to be accessible is clear in the directive itself, so there is no reason to wait.
Funka has developed special services to support our clients in complying to the new regulations:
- Our starter package involves a review of the customer's current status and provides support in incremental improvements to all aspects of the accessibility of the whole organization
- Requirements as a subscription service provide clear and comprehensible requirements, (not yet available in all local languages), which can be used in procurement, management and internal competence transfer. By subscribing to updates, you are ensured to always have the relevant requirements.
- We also have several courses specializing in meeting the requirements of the directives.