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Accessibility statement

This website is run by Public Health Scotland. 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 and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% 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.

How accessible this website is

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

  • you cannot modify the line height or spacing of text
  • you cannot skip to the main content when using a screen reader

How to request content in an accessible format

If you need information in a different format contact us and tell us:

  • the web address (URL) of the content
  • your name and email address
  • the format you need, for example, audio CD, braille, BSL or large print, accessible PDF

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, contact our Digital Team.

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

Public Health Scotland is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

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

Board papers

PHS Paper 04/20 Governance Framework (PDF) 

  • Text is in table format unnecessarily
  • table rows are not accessible
  • table headers are not accessible
  • tables are not regular
  • list items are not accessible.

PHS Paper 05/20 Corporate Risk (PDF)

  • Tables are missing alternative text
  • list items are not accessible
  • tables are not regular
  • table headers are not accessible.

A few of our documents have tables. These tables are not accessible, so the information in them is not available to people using a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).

We plan to replace the inaccessible tables by 31 August 2020. When we publish new documents we’ll make sure our use of tables meets accessibility standards.

Navigation and accessing information

There is no way to skip the repeated content in the page header (for example, a ‘skip to main content’ option). This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.1 (bypass blocks).

We will review this as part of the continued development of this site.

Disproportionate burden

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

How we tested this website

This website was last tested on 30/03/2020. The test was carried out by our Digital Team.

We tested a sample number of pages across this site to ensure accessibility.

We tested:

  • our main website platform, available at

This statement was prepared on 31/03/2020.