Future digital accessibility legislation


European Accessibility Act

Act EU 2019/882 was passed in 2019 and will be enforced from 2022 onwards.

While current European legislation only covers the digital services of public sector bodies, the new act will have a broader reach in both the public and private sectors.

Some of the products and services covered by this act include:

  • Computers and operating systems
  • ATMs, ticketing and check-in machines
  • Smartphones
  • TV equipment related to digital television services
  • Telephony services and related equipment
  • Access to audio-visual media services such as television broadcast and related consumer equipment
  • Services related to air, bus, rail, and waterborne passenger transport
  • Banking services
  • e-books
  • e-commerce

Needless to say, this will result in an enormous demand for developing and upgrading the accessibility of digital services across the EU and beyond.