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Main novelties of the "1112 / 2018

The Royal Decree 1112 / 2018, 7 September, on the web accessibility and applications for mobile devices in the public sector (Opens in new window) (available English translation of "1112 / 2018 (Opens in new window) ), adopted at the proposal of the ministries of Territorial Policy and Public Function, economy and Company, health, consumption and Social welfare, transposed into Spanish law Directive (HAT) 2016 / 2102 of the European Parliament and of the board of 26 October 2016, on the accessibility of websites and applications for mobile devices of the public sector agencies (Opens in new window) .

(English Version) Royal Decree 1112 / 2018 (Opens in new window) , on the accessibility of websites and mobile applications in the public sector (PDF)

This Royal Decree covers all websites and mobile applications of the public sector, since those belonging to the administrations, courts and police services to hospitals, universities and public libraries, making them accessible to all citizens, especially those with hearing difficulties, visual or functional.

In this way, the new Royal Decree replaces and improves the conditions that were already demanding the portals of public administrations since the entry into force on 31 December 2008 Royal Decree 1494 / 2007 (Opens in new window) .

The most significant changes which introduces are as follows:

  • Equal accessibility requirements Spaniards to European harmonised standard published on 21 December 2018. This standard is based on the new version of the standard AT 301 549 v2.1.2 (2018-08) “ accessibility requirements of products and services TIC applicable to public procurement in Europa ” which in turn is linked with the new WCAG 2.1 (Opens in new window) .
  • The inclusion of the mobile applications developed by public administrations which should be accessible by 23 June 2021 .
  • The inclusion of intranets and extranets new or renovated substantially from 23 September 2019 .
  • In each portal and mobile application must be a accessibility statement depending on the model established at European level ( Implementation decision (HAT) 2018 / 1523 of the committee which establishes a model statement of accessibility in accordance with the directive (HAT) 2016 / 2102 (Opens in new window) .
  • Sets a communication mechanism on accessibility requirements to enable users to communicate to the public sector agency any possible default of accessibility requirements set, transmit accessibility the content and make suggestions improvements regarding accessibility.
  • Sets a communication that allows request interested persons the information on content that are excluded from the scope of this Royal Decree or exempted from accessibility requirements, as well as the lodging complaints regarding the fulfillment of accessibility requirements.
  • In addition, there will be a complaints mechanism available to all interested persons.
  • Reflects the forecasts for the regular monitoring of the implementation of the Royal Decree through decentralized management. For this, each entity obliged to determine the " unit responsible for accessibility " which will coordinate and implement forecasts, and will be the channel information to the agency for monitoring and reporting whose functions are developed by the Ministry of Territorial Policy and Public Function.
  • There will be public reports to the European commission every 3 years the status of implementation of the directive (HAT) 2016 / 2102. The first of these reports will take place before the 23 December 2021 and comprendrá the period 2020-2021 .
  • The tracking, monitoring and reporting must meet the requirements imposed by the European commission ( Implementation decision (HAT) 2018 / 1524 of the committee which establishes a methodology for monitoring and the provisions for reporting by member states in accordance with the directive (HAT) 2016 / 2102 (Opens in new window) ).
  • Extends the application of the requirements of web accessibility to the portals that receive public funding for their maintenance, and those that provide public services by any contractual regime with public administrations.

To assist the implementation of all these measures will be essential the role the units responsible for accessibility, who will be responsible for ensuring compliance with accessibility requirements of websites and applications for mobile devices within its Remit. Should ensure compliance from all levels of the organization, both technical and functional and involve all actors requirements: technological departments, responsible for editing of contents, responsible for publications, responsible for communication and press, responsible for training, etc.

Entry into force

The Royal Decree entered into force on 20 September 2018, a day after its publication in the “ Official Newsletter of the state ” with the following exceptions:

  • For the websites, provisions under Articles 10.2.b), 12 and 13 apply the year of the entry into force of this Royal Decree, and the two years for the websites already issued.
  • All provisions relating to applications for mobile devices apply since 23 June 2021 .

On 11 October 2018 the European commission approved 2 implementing acts published through reciprocal decisions, entering into force on 1 November 2018:

  • Decision 2018 / 1523 (Opens in new window) model: sets the accessibility declaration that should employ all websites and mobile applications of the public sector agencies.
  • Decision 2018 / 1524 (Opens in new window) methodology: provides a monitoring and provisions for reporting that will have to comply with the member states to track at the national level of compliance with the requirements of the directive and make the periodic report every 3 years to the European commission.

On 21 December 2018 the European commission has been published Implementation decision (HAT) 2018 / 2048 of the committee, 20 December 2018 (Opens in new window) on the harmonised applicable to the websites and applications for mobile devices drafted in support of the directive (HAT) 2016 / 2102 of the European Parliament and of the board.

Through this decision stipulates that the standard of application for fulfilling the requirements is the norm (Opens in new window)

Timeline of the introduction of the royal decree

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