Web Accessibility Directive:
Frequently Asked Questions

These are frequently asked questions and answers on the EU Web Accessibility Directive.

The objective of this website is to support the implementation of the Directive and to provide reliable information and resources to those involved in buying, designing and monitoring websites or mobile applications, as well as users. This website is maintained by the Web Accessibility Initiative - Communities of Practice (WAI-CooP) Project.

17. Where can I find a list of web accessibility evaluation tools?

The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) has a list of web accessibility evaluation tools as well as advice on how to select the right evaluation tool for your needs. This is currently being redesigned through the WAI-CooP Project.

21. How do I write an accessibility assessment report?

The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) provides resources on conformance evaluation. This includes the WCAG-EM Report Tool to help you create evaluation reports, which follows the five steps defined by the W3C Website Accessibility Conformance Evaluation Methodology (WCAG-EM). W3C WAI also has a template for accessibility evaluation reports.

22. How to monitor accessibility on websites and apps?

The monitoring methodology was set out by the European Commission in an implementing decision.

The conformity of websites and mobile applications with the accessibility requirements set out in article 4 of the Directive are monitored using the following methodology:

  1. an in-depth monitoring method to verify compliance, conducted in accordance with the requirements laid down in point 1.2 of annex 1 of the implementing decision
  2. a simplified monitoring method to detect non-compliance, conducted in accordance with the requirements laid down in point 1.3 of annex 1 of the implementing decision

There are designated monitoring bodies for the Web Accessibility Directive in all Member States. They are also responsible for reporting on the implementation of the Directive by submitting a report to the Commission every three years, setting out the outcome of monitoring as well as enforcement activities in their country.

The European Commission has a list of national monitoring bodies.

The first set of monitoring reports were published in December 2021.

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