Irish Statistical System Code of Practice 

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has a formal coordination role to play across the public service in relation to official statistics. This coordination role is set in a legal context in both national (Statistics Act, 1993) and EU legislation (Article 17a of Regulation 223/2009 as amended by Regulation 2015/759).

The Public Service Reform plan (recommendation 2.10) of the 17 November 2011 requires the CSO to develop a code of practice and standards for the gathering and use of data for statistical purposes in the Public Service.

For official statistics to be of value they must be trusted. Achieving and maintaining trust requires that statistics are produced in an objective, transparent and independent manner. In many countries codes of practice for official statistics have been developed to enshrine those principles and protect trust. While compilers of European statistics are expected to comply with the European Statistics Code of Practice, no comparable standard has existed in Ireland for other national official statistics. The introduction of a code of practice for compilers of official statistics in the Irish Statistical System (ISS) addresses this gap.

The Director General of the CSO will agree a list of official statistics with each public body that produces statistics within the ISS.  These statistics will be assessed against the Code.

Only those statistics that are assessed as compliant with the Irish Statistical System Code of Practice (ISSCoP) will be designated as official statistics and may be published under the ISSCoP Logo.

Version 1.0 of the code was published in November 2013.