Code of Practice for Statistics


The Code provides producers of official statistics with the detailed practices they must commit to when producing and releasing official statistics.

The Code ensures that the statistics published by government serve the public. When producers of official statistics comply with the Code, it gives users of statistics and citizens confidence that published government statistics are of public value, are high quality and are produced by people and organisations that are worthy of trust.


Producing official statistics

The pillars, principles and practices, case studies and links to guidance.

Working in an organisation that
produces official statistics

Why the Code matters and one-page summaries of the Code.

Using official statistics

Finding statistics and data, and links to guidance on writing about statistics.

Producing other data and statistics

Voluntary application of the pillars of the Code.


Latest updates…

The Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) and the GSS Good Practice Team have published an initial exploratory review looking at how the designation is understood, particularly outside the official statistics system.

View previous updates…


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