The data of German official statistics enjoy a reputation of high reliability both in Germany and abroad. The Federal Statistical Office has committed itself to assure and further enhance the level of quality achieved. To achieve this task – also in the European system – the activities of the Federal Statistical Office are based on quality guidelines. To assure the quality in the long term, the Federal Statistical Office applies a variety of systematic quality assurance measures.
The quality guidelines underlying the activities of the Federal Statistical Office are the “European Statistics Code of Practice” and the "Quality Standards of Official Statistics". Selected quality aspects are governed in legal terms by the "Regulation on European Statistics".
The Federal Statistical Office applies a variety of systematic quality assurance measures. Those measures ensure that we produce high-quality statistical information on the basis of methodologically sound and efficient production processes. With its Statistical Quality Offensive, the Federal Statistical Office has introduced a comprehensive quality management system based on Total Quality Management (TQM). The conceptual framework is the EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management) Excellence Model.
The quality reports provide standardised information on the quality of the various statistics, their methodologies and definitions.
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