Accessibility statement for our website

This statement applies to content published on the website.

We want as many people as possible to be able to use and understand our website.

Our accessibility commitment includes making sure that our website visitors can:

  • easily understand our web pages by making the content as simple as possible
  • zoom in up to 300% on a webpage 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).


How accessible this website is

Some parts of our website are not fully accessible. For example:

  • PDF documents can not be made fully accessible to all screen reader software
  • some older videos may not feature captions

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format, email the web team: Matt Elliott

Include in your email the web address of the content (specific URL) and the format you need. For example:

  • accessible PDF
  • large print
  • easy read version
  • audio
  • braille.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, email the web team: Matt Elliott

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is responsible for enforcing the public sector bodies (websites and mobile applications) (No.2) accessibility regulations 2018.

If you make a complaint and you’re not happy with how we respond, you can contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service.


Technical information about this website’s accessibility

MRC PPU 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 certain non-compliances and exemptions.

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations: PDFs and other documents

  • Many of our PDFs and other document types may not be suitable for users of assistive technology.
  • We are developing a document format using html web pages, which will be more accessible than PDFs.
  • We are working with suppliers and third parties to ensure that the accessibility of documents is planned for at creation.
  • We are often required to publish documents quickly to the website and plan to retrospectively publish an accessible version once one is available.
  • We plan for the top 5% most viewed documents on our website to be available in an accessible format by April 2023. Where documents are not in the format you need, you can request an alternative by emailing Matt Elliott

Disproportionate burden: PDFs and other documents

  • We have assessed that fixing every document on would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations.
  • We believe that the benefit of assigning staff to immediately fix all documents on would not be justified, as the documents have a low level of usage.
  • We made an assessment in May 2022 and will review it again in April 2023.

Content that’s not within the scope of the regulations: PDFs and other documents

  • Some of our older PDFs and Microsoft Office documents may not meet accessibility standards. For example, they may not be marked up so they are accessible to a screen reader. These include historic reagent data and images.
  • The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018. We will not replace these documents with accessible versions.
  • Where possible, any new PDFs or Microsoft Office documents we publish will meet accessibility standards. Where this is not possible, we will endeavour to make the information available in an accessible format.
  • If you need documents in a different format like accessible PDF, large print please email Matt Elliott


What we’re doing to improve accessibility

As we continue to develop the website and its content, we will re-audit and test the website for accessibility on a regular basis.


Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 29 November 2022.

This website was last tested on 29 November 2022.

Last updated: 30 August 2022