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Quality in the INE

Over the last few decades, the INE has made many efforts both in terms of management and quality control of its products, with the aim of maintaining the high degree of confidence from which the official statistical information is currently profiting.

Over the last few decades, the INE has made many efforts both in terms of management and quality control of its products, with the aim of maintaining the high degree of confidence from which the official statistical information is currently profiting

The INE Quality strategy is founded upon two pillars:

Quality guidelines integrated into the mission and vision of the INE.

1) Quality guidelines integrated into the mission and vision of the INE.

2) The definition of a system of quality management of the INE, established by a set of rules and instruments, and an organizational structure which monitors and coordinates its application.

The quality management strategy and actions of the INE follow the principles of the European Statistics Code of Practices.

European Statistics Code of Practice (CoP)

The European Statistics Code of Practice (CoP) sets the standard for developing, producing and disseminating European statistics. The CoP sets out 16 key principles for the production and dissemination of European official statistics and the institutional environment under which national and Community statistical authorities operate. A set of indicators of good practice for each of the 16 principles provides a reference for reviewing the implementation of the Code.

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The European Statistics Code of Practice was first adopted in 2005 and it was revised by the European Statistical System Committee (ESSC) in 2011 and 2017; the ESSC endorsed the latter revision on 16 November 2017.

The main novelties introduced in the November 2017 review are: on the one hand, an additional principle has been introduced, dedicated to Coordination and cooperation in statistical systems; on the other hand, greater importance is given to alternative statistical sources to the surveys, such as administrative sources or new sources of information from the digital revolution; a third area has been the inclusion of new developments coming from the modernisation of the legal framework.

Commitment on Confidence in Statistics

As stated in the revision in 2015 of the European Regulation on European statistics, in order to improve the governance of European statistics, all Member States are invited to sign up to Commitments on Confidence in Statistics: an official statement in which they will formally commit themselves to taking all necessary measures to maintain confidence in their statistics and to monitoring the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice.

This Code has been adopted by the INE as its own (Art 8). Thus, the INE commits itself to observe it when establishing the general principles that regulate the statistical production for central government purposes.

INE's initiatives on this issue may be consulted at the following link: Initiatives for promoting and applying the Code of Practice for European statistics and the Commitment on Confidence.