Accessibility Statement

This accessibility statement applies to pharmacopeia.com, the domain used to publish the British Pharmacopeia online.

 

The website is run by The Stationery Office (TSO) on behalf of the British Pharmacopoeia which is part of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

 

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

 

  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard: navigation by keyboard works for most of the site and follows a left to right order. There is also a ‘skip to main content’ keyboard shortcut added to every web page
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader
  • access a text alternative to images by using a screen reader
  • view search results with text to highlight different publications and not the use of colour alone to indicate, for example, BP or EP monographs
  • zoom to 200% on all pages
  • access content with colours which meet colour contrast Accessibility Regulations such as in ‘Show Changes’ functionality

 

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand. Naturally it uses specialist terms and language as relates to the pharmacopoeial content it includes.

 

HOW ACCESSIBLE THIS WEBSITE IS

 

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

 

  • the text will not reflow in a single column when you change the size of the browser window
  • you cannot modify the line height or spacing of text
  • PDF documents are not accessible to screen reader software
  • CAPTCHA security images do not have a ‘read aloud’ / voice option
  • zoom works fully at 200% but not 300%
  • text does not reflow

 

FEEDBACK AND CONTACT INFORMATION

 

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read or an audio recording please email esupport@wlt.com

 

We will consider your request and get back to you in 10 working days.

 

REPORTING ACCESSIBILITY PROBLEMS WITH THIS WEBSITE

 

We are continually looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we are not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact esupport@wlt.co.uk
 

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, please contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION ABOUT THIS WEBSITE’S ACCESSIBILITY

 

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

 

COMPLIANCE STATUS

 

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances and exemptions:

 

NON-COMPLIANCES

 

  • CAPTCHA does not have a ‘read aloud’ /does not have a ‘voice’ option
  • Users cannot modify the line height or spacing of text
  • It is not possible to change colours, contrasts or fonts in the website at will
  • Existing PDFs are not accessible with screen readers. When new pdfs are produced going forward, we will ensure that these are readable with a screen reader

 

EXEMPTIONS

 

  • The site is not optimised for mobile use:
    • text does not reflow
    • zoom reflow works fully at 200% but not 300%
  • The text will not reflow in a single column when you change the size of the browser window
  • PDF documents are not accessible to screen reader software

 

NON-ACCESSIBLE CONTENT

 

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

  • British Approved Names (BAN) PDFs are not accessible with a screen reader
  • PDFs of individual draft monographs are not accessible with a screen reader

 

DISPROPORTIONATE BURDEN

NAVIGATION AND ACCESSING INFORMATION

 

  • Users cannot modify the line height or spacing of text
  • Existing PDFs cannot be read with a screen reader
  • The site is not optimised for mobile use

 

We have assessed the cost of fixing these issues and believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations.

 

CONTENT THAT’S NOT WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THE ACCESSIBILITY REGULATIONS

PDFS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS

 

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with British Approved Names (BAN) content and BAN archive.

 

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.

 

WHAT WE’RE DOING TO IMPROVE ACCESSIBILITY

 

Our site is not optimised for mobile use, this is something we plan to review in the future. All links on our site will be updated to be more descriptive.

 

PREPARATION OF THIS ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT

 

This statement was prepared on 21 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 21 September 2020.This website was last tested on 8 September 2020 by TSO and on 6 June 2020 by Nomensa.

 

HOW WE TEST THIS WEBSITE

 

We test this website using automated and manual accessibility tests. Both types of testing are run against the W3C WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1. Test failures are reported to our development team and the issues are worked through on a priority basis.

 

We do manual testing by selecting a representative sample of web pages (typically between 10 and 20 pages) and check that they are compliant with the guidelines. Our testers use the WAVE Chrome browser extension, which applies a range of checks to the web page under test. Our testers also manually navigate around the pages and check that content is presented in a logical order. The last manual test took place on 22 September 2020.