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Code of Practice

The UK Statistics Authority, which was established by the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007, has a statutory duty to prepare, adopt and publish a Code of Practice for Official Statistics that sets out the professional standards that official statistics are expected to meet.

The Authority's Code has been published on their own website.

The Authority also has a statutory duty to assess – for compliance with this Code – all official statistics designated as National Statistics under the previous non-statutory system, and all new candidates for Code-compliant status as a preliminary to deciding whether to give them formal accreditation as National Statistics.

The Code of Practice for Official Statistics has replaced the previous National Statistics Code of Practice and its 12 supporting Protocols.

  • Pre-release access: Statement of Compliance

    Operational arrangements for giving eligible persons pre-release access to official statistics produced by ONS and Information on how ONS publishes pre-release access lists.

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