Accessibility Statement

Here you can find the accessibility statement for the https://website

The German Environment Agency strives to make its German Environmental Specimen Bank website accessible without barriers in accordance with national legislation implementing Directive (EU) 2016/2102 of the European Parliament and of the Council (1).

The legal basis is the German Disability Equality Act (BGG), the Barrier-Free Information Technology Ordinance (BITV 2.0) and the harmonized European standard EN 301 549 as amended.

This accessibility statement applies to the version of this website currently accessible on the Internet at

Status of compatibility with the requirements

The accessibility requirements result from §§ 3 paragraphs 1 to 4 and § 4 of BITV 2.0, which was issued on the basis of § 12d BGG.

The verification of compliance with the requirements is based on a self-assessment conducted on August 3, 2021 with the BIK BITV-Test Self-Assessment by DIAS GmbH (BITV-Test Self-Assessment). Furthermore, the website was checked with the WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool and with Microsoft Accessibility Insights (Download Accessibility Insights). In addition to manual testing using the BITVTest self-assessment and automated accessibility testing, a manual expert evaluation by a screen reader user took place.

Based on the review, the website is partially compliant with the aforementioned requirements.

Content that is not accessible

The content listed below is not accessible for the following reasons:

  • Information in German sign language is currently not available (§ 4, BITV 2.0).
    We will provide a reference to content in German sign language as well as a translation of the audio content within one year.
  • Starting from a zoom factor of 200%, the page navigation shifts to the right out of the browser window, and In the data search, texts in text blocks become unreadable (requirement BITV self-assessment, DIAS GmbH).
    This is a technical issue: the website uses a standard Bootstrap 4 navigation menu without customizations of its own, as well as Bootstrap 4's default formatting of text blocks only into areas with fixed column widths, which means that when texts are enlarged, these texts protrude beyond the fixed edge of the respective text block.
    If a future version of Bootstrap fixes these problems, the website will be updated to this Bootstrap version.
  • For the videos explaining the workflows under the menu item "Basics" -> "Workflows", neither a translation into German sign language, nor an audio description or a complete transcript is provided (requirement and requirement BITV self-assessment, DIAS GmbH).
    The videos are embedded Youtube videos that can also be played directly on Youtube. Youtube offers the option to display automatically generated subtitles during playback.
    A translation of the audio tracks of the videos into German sign language and an audio description as well as a complete transcript will be offered by us within one year.
  • Older PDF files are not accessible. We refrain from post-processing, as the content is not required for active administrative procedures and was created or updated before September 23, 2019 (§ 2 (2) No. 2 BITV 2.0).
    For the most part, these are extensive final reports of research projects as well as standard operating procedures (SOP) for a narrowly defined group of readers. We classify post-processing as a disproportionate burden according to § 12a (6) BGG.

Creation of this accessibility statement

This declaration was created on February 8, 2022.

The assessment is based on the BITV self-assessment of DIAS GmbH conducted on August 3, 2021 by innoQ Deutschland GmbH, Krischerstr. 100, 40789 Monheim am Rhein.

Feedback and contact details

Have you noticed any deficiencies in the barrier-free access to content on If so, please feel free to contact us.
By e-mail to:
You can reach us by telephone via the Citizens' Service at the German Environment Agency from Monday to Friday during service hours 9.00 - 15.00 at:
Please mention the keyword "Environmental Specimen Bank" with your request. The data protection regulations will of course be observed.
By mail to:
P.O. Box 1406
D-06813 Dessau-Roßlau

Enforcement procedure

If a satisfactory solution has not been found even after you have sent feedback to the above-mentioned contact, you can turn to the conciliation body pursuant to § 16 BGG. The State Office for Accessibility in Saxony-Anhalt has the task of supporting out-of-court dispute resolution in the event of conflicts on the subject of accessibility between people with disabilities and public bodies. The conciliation procedure is free of charge. No legal counsel needs to be involved.

For more information on the conciliation process and how to apply, visit:

You can reach the State Office for Accessibility in Saxony-Anhalt by mail, telephone and e-mail:
by e-mail:
State Office for Accessibility: landesfachstelle(at)
monitoring office: ueberwachungsstelle(at)
ombudsman office: ombudsstelle(at)
by phone:
+49 3923 751 - 175
by mail:
Landesfachstelle für Barrierefreiheit
Unfallkasse Sachsen-Anhalt
Käsperstraße 31
39261 Zerbst/Anhalt