Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:
meet identified user needs
are well explained and readily accessible
are produced according to sound methods
are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest
Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory
requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.
Pre-release access list
for UK index of services: Dec 2016
The phrase 'Pre-release Access' refers to the practice whereby official
in their final form, and any accompanying written commentary, are made
an eligible person in advance of their publication. The rules and
govern pre-release access are featured within the Pre-release Access to
Statistics Order 2008.
Besides ONS staff, the following persons are given pre-release access by
indicated before release.