Office for Statistics Regulation

The Office for Statistics Regulation is the regulatory arm of the UK Statistics Authority (taking over the role of the Monitoring and Assessment team). We provide independent regulation of all official statistics produced in the UK. Statistics are an essential public asset. We aim to enhance public confidence in the trustworthiness, quality and value of statistics produced by government.

We do this by setting the standards they must meet in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. We ensure that producers of government statistics uphold these standards by conducting assessments against the Code. Those which meet the standards are given National Statistics status, indicating that they meet the highest standards of trustworthiness, quality and value. We also report publicly on system-wide issues and on the way statistics are being used, celebrating when the standards are upheld and challenging publicly when they are not.

This section of the website provides information about our regulatory function, including the Code of Practice and links to published reports.

Latest on regulation

Latest blog from the Office for Statistics Regulation

What we do

Information on how we carry out our regulatory function and updates on how this is changing

Code of Practice

Information on the Code of Practice for Official Statistics, including the latest on the current stock take of the Code

Monitoring/Systemic Reviews

We monitor the production of statistics across all thematic areas to identify system-wide issues. Recent work includes improving the quality assurance of administrative data, and the coherence of health and care statistics

Assessment

The Office for Statistics Regulation determines whether official statistics meet the highest standards of trustworthiness, quality and value set out in the Code of Practice

Compliance checks

The Office for Statistics Regulation carries out compliance checks, which provide a high-level review of the extent to which the statistics meet the highest standards of trustworthiness, quality and public value