European Statistics Code of Practice

The European Statistics Code of Practice sets the standard for developing, producing and disseminating European statistics. It builds upon a common ESS definition of quality in statistics and targets all relevant areas from the institutional environment, the statistical production processes to our output: European official statistics.

The European Statistics Code of Practice sets out 16 key principles for the production and dissemination of European official statistics and the institutional environment under which national and Community statistical authorities operate. A set of indicators of good practice for each of the 16 principles provides a reference for reviewing the implementation of the Code.

The European Statistics Code of Practice was adopted by the Statistical Programme Committee on 24 February 2005 and was revised by the European Statistical System Committee in September 2011 and November 2017.

Together with the 2011 version of the Code of Practice, the European Statistical System Committee adopted the Quality Assurance Framework. The Quality Assurance Framework serves as guidance on how to implement the European Statistics Code of Practice.

Eurostat has adopted the Protocol on Impartial Access to Eurostat data for users to support the implementation of the Code. It addresses Eurostat users, staff and partners in the production of European Statistics.

Each year Eurostat monitors compliance with the Code of Practice across the ESS. Summary information is provided to the European Statistical Governance Advisory Board (ESGAB) for its Annual Report to the European Parliament and the Council.

The ESGAB reports on the implementation of the Code of Practice insofar as it relates to Eurostat and includes an assessment of the implementation of the Code of Practice in the ESS as a whole. The ESGAB Annual Reports, starting with 2009, are accessible through its website.