This website is run by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). We have designed it to be used by as many people as possible. The text should be clear and simple to understand.
You should be able to:
- zoom in up to 400% without problems
- 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 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:
- some pages and document attachments are not clearly written
- some images do not have good alternative text
- some PDF documents are not fully accessible
- some error messages are not clearly associated with form controls
How to request content in an accessible format
If you need information on this website 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 large print, braille or audio
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 us.
If you contact us with a complaint and you are not happy with the response you can contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service.
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’).
Technical information about this website’s accessibility
The FCA 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.
We list the content that is not accessible below with details of where it fails the success criteria and planned dates to fix issues.
- A small number of pages have content in different languages where we have not identified the language. This fails WCAG 2.1A 3.1.1 A success criterion (Language of Page). We plan to fix this by October 2020.
- A few elements do not have visible focus when used by keyboard only, which fails WCAG 2.1AA 2.47 success criteria (Focus Visible). We plan to fix this by October 2020.
- Error messages on some forms are unclear or lack clear association with particular form controls. This fails WCAG 2.1A 3.3.1 success criteria (Error Identification).
- Guidance has been created to help the FCA understand the requirements for captions for all new videos. This is related to WCAG 2.1A success criteria 1.2.2 (Captions (Prerecorded)).
- Some images do not have an appropriate text alternative. This fails WCAG 2.1A success criteria 1.1.1 (non-text content). We plan to add text alternatives for all images by October 2020. When we publish new content, we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.
Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.
Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.
How we tested this website
This website was and is being tested for compliance with WCAG 2.1 A and AA standards. We carry out testing internally using the Website Accessibility Conformance Evaluation Methodology (WCAG-EM) approach to deciding on a sample of pages to test.
We also carry out regular accessibility testing using independent external suppliers.
What we’re doing to improve accessibility
We plan fix the issues according to the timescales for each area listed above. We include accessibility acceptance criteria when developing new components.
This statement was prepared on 21 September 2020. It replaces the statement first published on 15 April 2014.
17/01/2020: Information added Plain Language Commission accreditation