Legal requirements and guidelines

Last changed: 06 September 2021

Communication is subject to many regulations and legal requirements. As a public authority, it goes without saying that we must follow them all. There are laws regulating things like what images we can use, how we process personal data and the language used in the public sector. To facilitate this, we have listed all the laws that affect our fields of activity.

(Links to mostly swedish webpages.)

Style guide

We also have guidelines to follow. Consistent language facilitates communication and spotlights SLU as the sender. Just as we have a visual identity that tells us what colours and fonts we use, we also have a linguistic identity in the form of a style guide.

A parallel-language university

SLU is a parallel-language university – we use both Swedish and English. This means that much of the information we produce must be translated. We have gathered information on guidelines, tips and what help you can get with translation.

The Web Accessibility Directive

The Web Accessibility Directive went into effect in Sweden and all EU countries on 23 September 2018. The law affects the public sector and national and municipal businesses that meet certain requirements. It states that websites, extranets, intranets, documents and apps must meet the requirement of accessibility in the EN301549 standard.


The Legal Affairs Unit can be reached at or by phone.

Lennart Jonsson, Head of Legal Affairs, 018-67 22 71

Sebastian Bromander, Legal Counsel, special responsibility for Nagoya Protocol issues, 018 – 67 17 60

Anna Jarmar, Legal Counsel, 018-67 22 75

Henrik Leffler, Legal Counsel, 018-67 20 75

Simon Åkerblom, Legal Counsel, special responsibility for digitalisation and data protection issues, 018 – 67 20 42