Accessibility statement

This statement applies to the Oxford Biobank primary website at

Our aims

In order to ensure that all of our visitors can use our website, these pages aim to meet Level-AA standard of WCAG 2.1. This includes elements such as:

  • Alt text for all images and providing non-visual alternatives where appropriate
  • Content can be navigated with just a keyboard or speech recognition tools
  • The website can be used with a screen reader
  • Content is structured, ordered and labelled appropriately

Making changes to your device or system

AbilityNet has advice on making your devices easier to use if you have a disability. In addition, major operating systems produce the following guidance:

How accessible this website is

We are aware that some parts of our website are not fully accessible. These include:

  • The website is not responsive
  • Some older PDF documents aren’t fully accessible to screen reader software
  • Some form inputs don’t magnify or zoom appropriately
  • Audio on videos is not captioned
  • Multimedia content doesn’t yet have audio or text description
  • You cannot modify the line height or spacing of text.

We are working to address areas where our accessibility needs improvement. We are currently building a new responsive website to replace the current site.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

If you have any questions or concerns about this statement or the accessibility of any of our webpages, please contact the webmaster at 

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 Oxford Biobank is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. As part of this commitment, we are required to publish known issues with our website.

The websites we cover (see ‘How we tested this website’) are partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below:-

  • Focus states are not always clear when using a keyboard to move through the site (WCAG 2.1 2.4.7)
  • There is inconsistency on our sites around the use of ARIA tags and HTML5 labels to help accessibility tools navigate our pages (WCAG 2.1 1.3.1)
  • The website is not a responsive design (WCAG 2.1)
  • The contract rations are low for some links and texts (WCAG 1.4.3)
  • Videos are not captioned (WCAG 1.2.5)
  • Not all images have alternate text (WCAG 1.1.1)

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We want our website to offer the best experience possible for all of our users. We are redesigning the website with a whole new responsive design and more accessible content.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 1 September 2020.

How we tested this website

This website was last tested over a number of months leading up to 10 September 2020. The test was carried out internally, using a quality assurance tool across all pages as well as a manual check of a substantial and carefully chosen sample of pages and content types. We continue to review the site on a yearly basis to check new content.