The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is committed to providing accessible Information and Communication Technology (ICT), including third-party content published on FDA's intranet and internet websites or contained within FDA's software and web applications, to individuals with disabilities, including members of the public and federal employees, by meeting or exceeding the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. § 794d).
Section 508 requires agencies, during the procurement, development, maintenance, or use of ICT, to make sure that individuals with disabilities have access to and use of ICT information and data comparable to the access and use afforded to individuals without disabilities (i.e., “ICT accessibility”), unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency. The Section 508 standards are the technical requirements and criteria that are used to measure conformance with the law and incorporates the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. More information on Section 508 and the technical standards can be found on Section508.gov and HHS.gov.
- Section 508 Law
- HHS Web Accessibility Statement
- U.S. Access Board: Revised 508 Standards and 255 Guidelines
Third-Party Content Policy
According to the U.S. Access Board, E205.2 Public Facing section, under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (as amended), Federal agencies have responsibility for all content that they develop, procure, maintain, or use. 29 U.S.C. 794d. Federal agencies are therefore responsible for third-party content added to and maintained on their sites and will need to develop policies and practices to ensure the accessibility of that third-party content. If an agency invokes an exception and uses inaccessible ICT to provide information and data to the public, the statute requires that the agency provide the same information and data to individuals with disabilities by an alternative means. For additional information, refer to E205.2 Public Facing.
Alternate Access to Web Information
At this time, all FDA information should be accessible via screen readers and other accessibility tools with the exception of some pre-2001 information, Dockets, and some technical documents. This information may not be available in accessible formats.
- If you need an alternative means of access to any information on the FDA Web site please contact us. Let us know the nature of your accessibility problem, the Web address of the requested information, and your contact information.
- If you need to convert PDF documents, Adobe® offers conversion tools at its Accessibility Resource Center.
If you would like to report an accessibility problem with any FDA websites, please e-mail the FDA 508 Coordinator ([email protected]) using the form below. To ensure we respond in a manner most helpful to you, please share the nature of your accessibility problem, the best format in which to receive the material, the web address (URL) of the material with which you are having difficulty, and your contact information.