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This accessibility statement applies to the NIHR Evidence website. This website is run by the NIHR, with F1000Research as the site service provider. We want as many people as possible to be able to use our website, and we have designed it to be accessible. On this website, you should be able to:

We've made the website text as simple as possible to understand, using plain English wherever possible. 

Some of our content is technical, and contains scientific terms and language. In some instances we have not been able to simplify the wording without changing the meaning of the text.

If you have a problem accessing any documents then AbilityNet has advice to help you make your device easier to use.

How accessible this website is

We know that some parts of the website aren't fully accessible:

Feedback and contact information

If you have problems accessing information on this website, or would like any of our work in a more accessible format please email us details of your request to ced@nihr.ac.uk. We will consider your request, and aim to respond within 5 working days

Reporting accessibility problems

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of the website.

If you find any problems which aren't listed on this page, or think that we're not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations, then please email ced@nihr.ac.uk with the details to let us know and help us improve.

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

Technical information about this website's accessibility

The NIHR is committed to making 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 exemptions listed below.

Non-accessible content

In September 2022, we engaged the Simple Usability to assess our website for accessibility. They evaluated a sample of representative pages and content types. The audit incorporated testing with assistive technologies, automated tools, manual evaluation across a range of browsers, devices, and display adaptations.

The report found that https://evidence.nihr.ac.uk/ was non-compliant with WCAG legislation in the below areas:

Success CriterionWCAG level
1.1.1: Non-text ContentLevel A
1.2.3: Audio Description or Media AlternativeLevel A
1.3.1: Info and RelationshipsLevel A
1.3.4: OrientationLevel AA
1.3.5: Identify Input PurposeLevel AA
1.4.1: Use of ColourLevel A
1.4.3: Contrast (Minimum)Level AA
1.4.4: Resize textLevel AA
1.4.5: Images of TextLevel AA
1.4.10: ReflowLevel AA
1.4.11: Non-text ContrastLevel AA
1.4.12: Text SpacingLevel AA
1.4.13: Content on Hover or FocusLevel AA
2.2.2: Pause, Stop, HideLevel A
2.4.1: Bypass BlocksLevel A
2.4.3: Focus OrderLevel A
2.4.4: Link Purpose (In Context)Level A
2.4.7: Focus VisibleLevel AA
2.5.3: Label in NameLevel A
3.2.2: On InputLevel A
3.3.1: Error IdentificationLevel A
3.3.2: Labels or InstructionsLevel A
4.1.2: Name, Role, ValueLevel A
4.1.3: Status MessagesLevel AA

In line with the requirements, we will address priority issues by December 2022. Following this work, we will address issues on less-visited pages or that are less impactful by June 2023.

Non-accessible documents

Our site favours the HTML format for documents.

PDFs are not able to comply with the requirements of the web accessibility standard, and we do not generally upload new PDFs. Where we do create printable PDF versions, these are to supplement the HTML version, and we have made sure all the content in the PDF is also produced in HTML. This occurs for the following Themed Reviews:

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. For this reason, we do not plan to fix the below documents:

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared in April 2020. It was last reviewed in October 2022.

This website was last tested in September 2022. The test was carried out by Simple Usability.

They evaluated a sample of representative pages and content types. The audit incorporated testing with assistive technologies, automated tools, manual evaluation across a range of browsers, devices, and display adaptations.