Marc, it seems if you have the Access developer kit you should be able to package the application with the said runtime component for end users without full Access install:
You can deploy an Access application to users who do not have an installation of Access 2003 by packaging and distributing the application with the Access runtime. To package the application, you use the Package Wizard included in the Access 2003 Developer Extensions to create an installation package. Your installation package will include your application and the Access 2003 runtime, and will specify a number of installation parameters, such as the folder in which to install the application and whether to create application shortcuts.
I really like what you are doing so hoping you can package a full version, not just the pdf layouts.