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European Accessibility Act

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The European Accessibility Act (EAA) is a new European directive designed to standardize accessibility among all European countries. This directive applies to all private companies that sell to EU customers, regardless of the country the company is based on. If you have customers in Europe, you must comply with the EAA.

Deadline is June 28th, 2025.

You have 11 months and 17 days left to comply with the European Accessibility Act.

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What You Need To Know About the EAA

Frequently Asked Questions about the European Accessibility Act

We have compiled the most frequently asked questions about the European Accessibility Act (also known as EAA and Directive EU 2019/882) to assist you in complying with this directive. Please use this information as a guide, not as legal advice.

When did the European Accessibility Act came into effect?

The European Accessibility Act took effect in April 2019, and EU member states were required to transpose the directive into national laws by June 2022.

What is the deadline to comply with the EAA?

The compliance deadline for businesses and organizations is June 28th, 2025.

Who needs to comply with the European Accessibility Act?

The European Accessibility Act focuses on private sector organizations selling products or services to customers that live in Europe, regardless of the country the organization is based on. If you have customers in Europe, you must comply with the EAA.

Our company is based outside Europe, are we exempt to comply with the EAA?

No. Even if your company is based outside Europe, if it has customers in Europe, it must comply with the European Accessibility Act.

Are there any exemptions to comply with the EAA?

Yes. The requirements and obligations of the EAA do not apply to microenterprises providing services within the scope of the EAA – whereby microenterprise means an enterprise which employs fewer than 10 people and which has an annual turnover not exceeding EUR 2 million or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding EUR 2 million.

What are the penalties for non-compliance with the EAA?

Penalties for non-compliance with the EAA vary by country, as each EU member state is responsible for enforcing the directive. Non-compliance can result in fines, legal actions, and reputational damage.

What's Directive (EU) 2016/2102?
Better known as the Web Accessibility Directive, the goal of the Directive (EU) 2016/2102 is to ensure that all public sector organizations were accessible for all citizens of the European Union.
What's Directive (EU) 2019/882?
Also known as the European Accessibility Act, the goal of the Directive (EU) 2019/8822 is to extend the scope of the 2016 Web Accessibility Directive into the private sector so that all private companies and organizations having customers in EU must ensure the accessibility of their products and services.
What's EN 301 549?
EN 301 549 is a European standard for digital accessibility that, in its later versions, has adopted the W3C's WCAG 2.1 guidelines. There are many versions of EN 301 549, at the moment of this writing the latest version is EN 301 459 V3.2.1
What accessibility standards must be implemented?
Directive (EU) 2019/882, also known as the European Accessibility Acts, mentions that:
The accessibility requirements of this Directive should be aligned to the requirements of Directive (EU) 2016/2102.
Directive (EU) 2016/2102, also known as the Web Accessibility Directive, states that:
The four principles of accessibility are: perceivability, (...) operability, (...) understandability, (...) and robustness, (..). Those principles of accessibility are translated into testable success criteria, such as those forming the basis of the European standard EN 301 549 V1.1.2.

EN 301 459 V1.1.2 references the WCAG 2.0 standard, and in version 2.1.2 it directly referenced WCAG 2.1 AA.
To get ahead of the curve, we however suggest that you implement the latest version of WCAG available, at the moment of this writing, WCAG 2.2.
Is automated accessibility checking enough for EAA compliance?
Automated testing tools are used as a routine part of the accessibility checking process.
According to axe-core, the accessibility checker used in Rocket Validator, up to 57% of WCAG issues can be discovered automatically on average.
Manual testing is always necessary to ensure the accessibility of your websites. Ultimately, the best option for testing web accessibility is to combine automated and manual testing.

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