What is an accessibility statement?
An accessibility statement tells external parties how well the accessibility requirements are met on the website in question. As such, the statement itself does not determine a target level for accessibility but merely indicates how and in what areas accessibility is implemented on the website. The statement must also indicate how and in what areas the objectives are not met, as well as where that information is available in an accessible form.
Creating an accessibility statement requires that the accessibility of the website is assessed (self-assessment or external audit) before the statement is created. The statement reports the results of these assessments.
The target level for accessibility is set by the Act on the Provision of Digital Services, Section 7. The reference information published by the European Commission states that the standard to be applied is the AA level determined in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) issued by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
Act on the Provision of Digital Services in Finnish on the Finlex website (Communication from the Commission: CELEX number 52016PC0484).