Consultation on a refreshed Code of Practice for Statistics

Our Code consultation closed at 5pm, 5 October 2017 and our Response Report has now been published. If you have any queries concerning the consultation please email:

Building on the recommendations for changes to the content and scope of the Code of Practice for Official Statistics set out in the Stocktake of the Code of Practice: Exposure Draft, and a series of focus groups held across the UK at the start of 2017, we are now extremely pleased to launch this consultation on a draft refreshed Code of Practice for Statistics, Edition 2.0.

A full, draft version of the refreshed Code is provided at the bottom of this page, along with a summary consultation document that outlines the main proposed changes.

The consultation is structured around the following themes:

  • A greater emphasis on Trustworthiness, Quality and Value
  • Scope of the Code
  • Detailed changes to the principles and practices
  • Communication and audience

The consultation also includes questions about the detailed changes we propose to practices. To help with this, we have provided a Mapping tool to show how we think Edition 2.0 of the Code differs from Edition 1.0.

Please complete the online consultation, or alternatively, the Word consultation template (Word version at the bottom of this page).

The consultation itself should take about 15–20 minutes to complete and we would really appreciate your valuable feedback.

Responses should be submitted by no later than 5:00pm on 5 October 2017.

The Authority will publish all responses to the consultation on our website. This will include the name of your organisation, and with your permission, your name. Please indicate at the end of the consultation questionnaire if you are content for us to publish your name. We will not publish your contact details.

We will summarise the main findings in a report in the autumn of 2017, alongside plans for launching a refreshed Code. The Board of the Authority will consider that report and make any decisions on launching the refreshed Code towards the end of 2017.
In the meantime, if you have any queries concerning the consultation please email:


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