National Statistics Accreditation

At the National Records for Scotland we have a responsibility to ensure the results of the 2021 Census in Scotland are correct, accurate and adhere to the Code of Practice for Statistics as determined by the UK Statistics Authority.

The conduct of the entire 2021 Census operation will be scrutinised by the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR), the regulatory arm of the UK Statistics Authority, against the Code of Practice for Statistics.

The Code of Practice for Statistics promotes the production and dissemination of official statistics that inform decision-making. It helps producers and users of statistics by setting out the necessary principles and practices to produce statistics that are trustworthy, high quality and of public value.

Our report "How the National Records of Scotland is ensuring Census 2021 is trustworthy, high quality and of value to users” published 12 June 2019, is our first step towards measuring our progress against the Code and will form part of the OSR assessment.

The OSR will also consider evidence from a variety of sources including its own research, information we at the National Records of Scotland (NRS) have given them and, importantly, feedback from users and stakeholders connected with the census. Capturing the views of users and potential users forms an important part of OSR’s judgement about the statistics, including how they could be improved. If you would like to comment or speak to OSR, please see detail of the assessment on its website.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS), and Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) are also responsible for providing evidence to demonstrate how their census undertaking is meeting the Code of Practice for Statistics. Use the following links to see their reports. 

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) - https://www.ons.gov.uk/census/censustransformationprogramme/census2021outputs/nationalstatisticsaccreditation

Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA)​ - https://www.nisra.gov.uk/statistics/2021-census/planning/national-statistics-accreditation