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Revised European Standard Population 2013 (2013 ESP)

The European Standard Population (ESP) is an artificial population structure – originally published in 1976 – that is used in the weighting of mortality or incidence data to produce age-standardised rates (ASRs). Eurostat, the statistical institute of the European Union, decided at the end of 2012 to bring this population structure up to date. This methodological change to how ASRs are calculated has had a significant impact on a variety of figures published as Official Statistics in the UK, by ONS and other Government Statistics Service (GSS) organisations. This page contains links to documents providing methodological guidance, information on the impact of the change and the timetable for implementation.

The impact of calculating mortality rates using the 2013 European Standard Population on causes of death (400.7 Kb Pdf)

The impact of calculating cancer incidence rates using the 2013 European Standard Population (352.3 Kb Pdf)

Impact of varying the 2013 ESP upper age limit on mortality statistics (98 Kb Word document)

Stability of age-standardised rates at small geographies (527.5 Kb Word document)

ESP effect on UK Official Statistics: a summary for users of statistics (206 Kb Word document)

ESP implementation issues: a summary for producers of Official Statistics (229 Kb Word document)

European Standard Population timetable (46.5 Kb Word document)

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