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Web Accessibility Directive (WAD)

Name: Directive (EU) 2016/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 October 2016 on the accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies

Identifier: Directive (EU) 2016/2102

Issuing Organisation: European Union

Country: European

Language: English and other languages

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Availability: Free to Access

Type: European Directive

Issue Year: 2016

Forward Review Date: Not known

Fields: Communication and Information 

Intended Audiences: Third (Voluntary) Sector Bodies, Private Sector Bodies, Professional and Trade Bodies, and Governmental and Public Sector Bodies


This Directive lays down the rules requiring Member States to ensure that websites, independently of the device used for access thereto, and mobile applications of public sector bodies meet the accessibility requirements set out in EN 301 540:2018.

Relevance to Active and Healthy Ageing: High

Older Person Specific: No

Usage / Adoption status: Adopted by all the Member States of the EU, as relevant National legislations.


The fulfilment of EN 301 549:2018 is a way to show conformity with the requirements of the WAD. EN 301 549 is harmonised with WCAG 2.1, and to a high degree with the US legislation. Therefore, it promotes the comerce of equitative ICT products and services.

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