Official Statistical System

INSEE and official statistics
Dernière mise à jour le :16/09/2016

The official statistical system comprises INSEE and the Ministerial Statistical Departments (SSM), which conduct statistical operations in their area of expertise. INSEE and the SSMs, under the Institute's coordination, decide which methods, standards and procedures to apply in preparing and publishing statistics.

The official statistical system :

  • collects the data needed to compile quantitative results,
  • produces the official data on which public debate will centre,
  • analyses quantitative information produced.

Statistical coordination

INSEE coordinates the work of the different ministerial statistical departments. This role is defined in French and European law.

Ministerial Statistical Departments

Most ministries have their own statistical departments to carry out statistical operations in their area of expertise.