National Statistics

Review of the National Statistics Designation

The Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) and the GSS Good Practice Team are undertaking a review of the National Statistics designation. We want to find out how the designation is understood, particularly outside the official statistics system.

‘National Statistics’ are the most important official statistics that have been demonstrated to meet the very highest standards of trustworthiness, quality and value, set out in the Code of Practice for Statistics. Only they carry the unique logo of the National Statistics tick mark, having been designated by OSR, as the regulatory arm of the UK Statistics Authority.

We are seeking to engage a wide range of stakeholders, including through a roundtable event and general public focus group. We will also engage with a range of user and producer groups through the autumn. If you are keen to be involved, please let us know.

In March 2020 we published our initial exploratory review.

For further information or to register your interest, please contact Penny Babb at regulation@statistics.gov.uk.

What is a National Statistic?

Official statistics are statistics that are produced by crown bodies, those acting on behalf of crown bodies, or those specified in statutory orders, as defined in the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007. The Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR), the regulatory arm of the UK Statistics Authority, assesses compliance of these statistics against the Code of Practice for Statistics.

Official statistics that are assessed as fully compliant with the Code (that is, they meet the highest standards of trustworthiness, quality and value) are designated as National Statistics.

Who produces National Statistics?

National Statistics are produced by UK Government departments, the Devolved Administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and arm’s length bodies.

What is the List of National Statistics?

The List of National Statistics is a comprehensive list of all statistical products that OSR has designated as National Statistics. To be designated as a National Statistic, a statistical product must be assessed against the Code of Practice for Statistics and be deemed compliant. All assessment reports are available on OSR’s website.

What information does the list contain?

For each National Statistics product the list contains: the statistical theme, the name of the producer, the title, the country that the statistics relate to, the frequency of publication, and the number of the assessment report.

How often will the list be updated?

The list will be updated regularly. Changes may occur when: a new statistical product is designated as National Statistics; the National Statistics status is removed from an existing statistical product (it is de-designated); or a statistical product is discontinued and no longer published.

Can I contact you if I have a query about the list?

If you have a query about this list please email the regulation team and include the words ‘NS list’ in the title of your email.

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