Changes to statistical outputs including National Statistics during the coronavirus outbreak

31 March 2020
Last updated:
2 December 2022


This note covers arrangements for rapid awarding of National Statistics (NS) designations, and for temporarily suspending existing NS designations. These measures are designed to support producers at a highly pressured and sensitive time, and reflect OSR’s aim to be very flexible in the light of the exceptional and difficult circumstances.

The NS designation provides a clear public signal that statistics meet the highest standards of statistical practice. Awarding the NS designation follows a full assessment against the Code of Practice’s three pillars – trustworthiness, quality and value – which encompasses the process to produce the statistics and an evaluation of the impact and public value of the statistics.

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