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Alongside monitoring the production and publication of official statistics, another of the Authority's statutory functions is to prepare, adopt and publish a Code of Practice for Statistics - in consultation with others as appropriate - setting out the standards that the Statistics Authority expects official statistics to meet. The Statistics Authority also determines whether official statistics comply with the Code and, if so, designates them with the quality mark 'National Statistics'. The process of determining compliance with the Code and designation as National Statistics is known as 'Assessment'.

Assessment work is led by the Statistics Authority's Director General for Regulation, appointed by the non-executive members of the Authority, to be the Authority's principal adviser on the assessment of official statistics. 

These pages provide further information about Assessment, including guidance and other documentation, as well as links to the Assessment work programme and published Assessment Reports.