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 15 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 15 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.
Together with the new 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.