Legislative and institutional framework
The reference document for official statistics (Act no. 51-711 of 7 June 1951) has been amended and updated several times. It provides for the creation of a National Council for Statistical Information(CNIS), which is a forum for consultation between producers and users of official statistics and is responsible for monitoring statistical studies.
In 2009, this Act established the Official Statistics Authority (ASP), responsible for ensuring the professional independence of official statisticians.
Regulation (EU) no. 223/2009 (amended) of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2009 (on European statistics) changed the relevant legislative framework to improve the governance and efficiency of the European statistical system. This regulation defines the provisions that apply to statistics produced by French statistics producers which are to be used in the European statistical system.
Specific legislation concerning the processing of computerised data also applies to statistical processing : this is the 1978 Act (amended) on "Information Technology and Civil Freedoms".
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ASP (Official Statistics Authority) : ensures the professional independence of official statisticians
CNIS (National Council for Statistical Information) : forum for consultation between producers and users of statistics