Scottish Medicines Consortium is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability.
We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website and in doing so adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines.
This website endeavours to conform to level Double-A of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities. Conformance with these guidelines will help make the web more user friendly for all people.
This site has been built using code compliant with W3C standards for HTML and CSS. The site displays correctly in current browsers and using standards compliant HTML/CSS code means any future browsers will also display it correctly.
Accessibility options for popular browsers and computer operating systems
More detailed information on the accessibility options available for a range of popular browsers, operating systems and mobile devices can be found at the links below:
• Use Chrome browser with accessibility extensions
• Accessibility features available using Google Chromebook
• Accessibility features available using Android devices
Alternative formats for our publications
Resources to adapt your digital experience to your needs
AbilityNet is a UK-based charity which supports people of any age, living with any disability or impairment to use technology to achieve their goals at home, at work and in education. They have a free helpline at: 0800 269 545 and provide a range of digital services and resources:
My Computer My Way
A step-by-step guide to the individual adjustments you can make to your computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone to make it easier to use. You can explore adaptations by disability in four categories:
You can access factsheets which provide advice and information about how computers and other digital technologies can help people with a range of conditions and impairments.
This library of webinars contain useful information for disabled people, their colleagues, families, friends and the professionals who support them.
Web Accessibility Initiative
Better Web Browsing: Tips for Customising your Computer
Resources, detailed documentation and step-by-step guides to help you customise your particular web browser and computer setup.
Further general accessibility resources
AskSARA is an online tool for older and disabled people that helps find useful advice and products that make daily living easier.
British Sign Language (BSL) interpreting service
ContactSCOTLAND-BSL offers a free interpreting service that enables deaf, British Sign Language (BSL) users to contact public, voluntary and private sector services in Scotland.
A BSL user can video call an interpreter at ContactSCOTLAND-BSL directly, who will then speak to the organisation or bureau adviser, and act as an intermediary for the deaf person.
Find out more about how the Video Relay Interpreting Service works on the Contact SCOTLAND-BSL website.
The Scottish Disability Directory
The Scottish Disability Directory is produced by Disability Information Scotland. It provides information and contact details for a wide range of disability organisations and support groups, including UK wide, Scottish and local groups. Access to the directory is free.
To use the Scottish Disability Directory you can search by topic, local authority area, postcode or by words or phrases.
While the Scottish Medicines Consortium strive to adhere to the accepted guidelines and standards for accessibility and usability, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website.
We are continually seeking out solutions that will bring all areas of the site up to the same level of overall web accessibility. In the meantime should you experience any difficulty in accessing the Scottish Medicines Consortium website, please don’t hesitate to contact us.