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National Statistics Accreditation

We will publish census outputs in line with the UK Statistics Authority's Code of Practice for Statistics.

The code sets out the principles and practices to produce statistics that are:

  • trustworthy
  • high quality
  • of public value

The Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) is the regulatory arm of the UK Statistics Authority. They will assess us to check that we are following the code of practice as we design and deliver the census.

User involvement

The assessment will examine how we can improve our statistics. The views of users and potential users forms an important part of this.

If you would like to comment or speak to the OSR, visit their website.

OSR assessment - phase 1

The OSR carries out its assessment over a series of phases. It will consider evidence from several sources, including:

  • its own research
  • information we have given them
  • feedback from users and stakeholders connected with the census

 On 12 June 2019, we published How the National Records of Scotland is ensuring Census 2021 is trustworthy, high quality and of value to users.

It is our first step towards measuring our progress against the code and will form part of the OSR assessment.

The OSR assesses the Office for National Statistics and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency in the same way.

Read the Office of National Statistics' report.

Read the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency's report.

OSR response to our report

On 4 October 2019, the OSR published 2021 Censuses in the UK – Preliminary findings.

The report identified a number ways we could strengthen our compliance with the code. The OSR made similar recommendations to the other UK censuses.

Our response to OSR findings

On 15 June 2020, we published Response to Actionable Findings from Phase 1 of the National Statistics Accreditation.

Read the Office for National Statistics' response.

Read the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency's response.

OSR review – Phase 1

The OSR have reviewed the actions we have taken to address the findings from Phase 1. A letter from the OSR, published on 11 September 2020, identified:

  • actions taken by us which are particularly noteworthy
  • some areas where further action is needed

We will continue to report our progress towards addressing the OSR findings as part of phase 2, working with the Office for National Statistics and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency as needed.