What we do

We aim to enhance public confidence in the trustworthiness, quality and value of statistics produced by government.

We do this through:

  • Code and Policy: Producing a Code of Practice for Official Statistics, which promotes the production and dissemination of official statistics that are trustworthy, high quality and of public value, along with guidance on how to meet the standards set in the Code.
  • Assessment: Assessing statistics against the Code of Practice for Official Statistics, and if they comply in full with the Code, designating them as National Statistics, indicating that they meet the highest standards of trustworthiness, quality and value.
  • Compliance Checks: Shorter pieces of work than assessments, providing a high-level review of the extent to which the statistics meet the highest standards of trustworthiness, quality and public value.
  • Systemic Reviews: Reviewing and reporting on issues and opportunities that cut across the statistical system.
  • Casework: Making public comment on the uses of official statistics, often based on complaints brought to our attention by others, but also celebrating when good standards of trustworthiness, quality and value are upheld.

Regulation blog

This is a blog by the Director General for Regulation, Ed Humpherson and other team members at the Office for Statistics Regulation.

Our Values

Information on the purpose of the Office for Statistics Regulation and its values

Our Business Plan

Information about our Business Plan for April 2017 to March 2018

Relationship with the rest of the Authority

Principles for the management of the boundaries between the Office for Statistics Regulation and other parts of the UK Statistics Authority

Our Regulatory Work Programme

This page presents an overview of the Regulatory Work Programme for 2017/18 by Theme

Meet the Team

If you have an enquiry about a set of statistics, contact details by theme can be found here.