Bookmark: "European Accessibility Act: What you need to know"

Sebastian Greger


The European Accessibility Act is new legislation which was brought in by the European Union (EU) in 2019 with the aim to make sure that products and services are more accessible.

It goal is mainly to help people with disabilities, but it will make things better for everybody!

Somehow, it has flown under the radar. A lot of people are not aware of it, but, there is a deadline of 28 June 2025 in order to comply with it. So, if this is the first time you’re hearing of it, please take note!

This is a handy primer on the European Accessibility Act (EAA) coming into force in 2025 and, despite affecting a wide range of private sector actors in setting strict requirements for the accessibility of digital services, still hasn’t reached the attention it deserves:

Weirdly, not many people have heard of it, but the scope of it is huge! So lets look at it in more detail. I’ll try to explain what it means, especially for private sector organisations, and I’ll also share some tips to help you prepare for the deadline in 2025, so you’re not left scrambling at the last minute!

Are we looking at another iteration of the “GDPR panic weeks” from 2018? Compliance with the EAA is likely a lot harder to achieve than with GDPR, as inaccessibly designed products may require massive redesigns to conform to accessibility standards.