This is a very difficult time for everyone as the UK adjusts to rapid changes in society and the economy. The priority is to protect the health and safety of individuals – including through changing working patterns and practices – and to support the information needs of society.

Organisations that produce official statistics are rightly showing flexibility and adapting what they collect and publish to respond to this new environment. The Office for Statistics Regulation fully supports this flexibility and the responsiveness shown by producers of statistics.

We have prepared a package of measures including guidance on factors that producers should consider when making changes to data collection, statistics production and release. We have also set out an approach to rapid regulatory reviews, potentially including National Statistics status, for any new outputs published by producers which inform the public about the coronavirus and its economic and social impacts. We will support sensible changes to existing production practices

Related Links:

Guidance Document: Confidence (concern) in the level of data quality. Extracted from Quality Assurance of Administrative Data (QAAD) (March 2020)

Sir Ian Diamond letter to Ed Humpherson regarding changes to statistical production and publication as a result of COVID-19 (March 2020)

Ed Humperson’s response to Sir Ian Diamond (March 2020)