Accessibility statement for Do I need NHS REC review?

This accessibility statement applies to the Do I need NHS REC review? tool.

This website is run by the Health Research Authority and the UKRI MRC Regulatory Support Centre. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels
  • the text will reflow in a single column when you change the size of the browser window
  • zoom in up to 500% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.
AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability, for example:

Most browsers let you skip from link to link using the Tab key. The current link will be highlighted. To move backwards, hold down Shift and press the Tab key.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • most PDF documents are not accessible to screen reader
  • this tool uses an image map to allow you to select which country you would like information on. Image maps are not accessible to screen reader software – we have provided alternative navigation for those using screen readers.

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format please get in touch letting us know the format you require.

We'll discuss your request with you and try our best to meet your needs.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact:

Please let us know the issue/s you are having and what we can do to help when you contact us.

Contacting us by phone

Telephone: 020 797 22545

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The HRA and the UKRI MRC Regulatory Support Centre is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Documents on the website

Most of our PDF and Word documents are not currently accessible to screen reader software.

If you need an accessible format of an existing document please get in touch and we will do our best to provide it.

New PDFs added to this site will be accessible.

Documents produced by other organisations

Some of our documents are produced by other organisations. Where these are not accessible we will work with our partners to try and provide these, or similar documents, in an accessible format on your request.

This currently fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (information and relationships).

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

PDFs and other documents

Many of our older PDFs and Word documents produced before 23 September 2018 do not meet accessibility standards - for example, they may not be structured so they’re accessible to a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role, value).

For this website these are not essential to providing our services.

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish that belong to us will meet accessibility standards.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

When we publish new content and PDF or word documents that belong to us, we will ensure that these are accessible. For documents produced by our partners, we will do our best to ensure that these are provided in an accessible format.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 7 August 2020.It was last reviewed on 4 September 2020.

This website was last tested on 11 June 2020. We carried out the testing of this site within the using WAVE Web accessibility evaluation tool.

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