European Statistics Code of Practice - Quality

European statistics Code of Practice

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Safeguarding quality by 16 key principles

The European Statistics Code of Practice (CoP) is the cornerstone of the quality framework and sets the standards for developing, producing and disseminating European statistics.

It defines 16 key principles for the institutional environment under which the EU and the national statistical authorities operate as well as for the statistical processes and output. A set of 84 indicators of best practices and standards for each of the 16 principles provides a reference for reviewing the implementation of the Code, and hence, increasing transparency in the European Statistical System. Please see also our infographics below. 

CoP publication in multiple languages

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Glossary defining the main terms used in the CoP

History of the CoP

24 February 2005                             The European Statistics Code of Practice was adopted by the Statistical Programme Committee.
September 2011 Revision of the CoP based on the results of the 1st round of ESS peer reviews.
November 2017 Revision of the CoP based on the results of the 2nd round of ESS peer reviews.

The 16 principles of the European Statistics Code of Practice

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