Ofcom's Code on Television Access Services

13 May 2015

This code sets outs the requirements on subtitling, sign language and audio description ('television access services') that apply to television services licensed in accordance with the Communications Act 2003, the Broadcasting Act 1996, or the Broadcasting Act 1990 and primarily intended for reception by members of the public within the European Union. 

Guidance on practices to be followed in providing access services is set out in Appendix 2 to this code. 

Ofcom notes that some broadcasters already provide television access services on a voluntary basis, and encourages broadcasters to do so where possible, and to have regard to relevant parts of the code and guidance.

Code on television access services (PDF, 267.9 KB)