About the Code

The framework for the Code of Practice is based on three pillars – Trustworthiness, Quality and Value.

Each pillar contains a number of principles and detailed practices that producers should commit to when producing and releasing official statistics. On each Code principle page there is a table with guidance and resources and links to case studies.

The Code also has three cross-cutting themes, areas of practice that don’t fit within just one pillar – collaboration, coherence, and transparency.

The Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) reviews compliance with the Code. OSR also offers Code training seminars and workshops for statistics producers.


Trustworthiness is a product of the people, systems and processes within organisations that enable and support the production of statistics and data.


Quality means that statistics fit their intended uses, are based on appropriate data and methods, and are not materially misleading.


Value means that the statistics and data are useful, easy to access, remain relevant, and support understanding of important issues.