EPA Quality Statement for Official European Waste Statistics

Version 1.0 published 10 November 2021.

The legal basis for independence of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is established under the Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992.  This legislation guarantees the EPA’s professional independence from other parts of government and from the private sector, and assures the credibility of EPA published statistics. 

In the production of National and European Waste statistics, the EPA subscribes fully to the European Statistics Code of Practice in statistical production.  The Code of Practice defines 15 key Principles which aim at ensuring public trust and confidence in statistics produced by public bodies, and sets the standards for developing, producing and disseminating European statistics.  In subscribing to these principles, the EPA demonstrates our commitment to producing statistics in accordance with best international statistical practice.

Through our work, we abide by the following core values based on international principles:

Institutional environment 1. Professional Independence
2. Mandate for Data Collection
3. Adequacy of Resources
4. Commitment to Quality
5. Statistical Confidentiality
6. Impartiality and Objectivity
Statistical processes

7. Sound Methodology
8. Appropriate Statistical Procedures
9. Non-excessive Burden on Respondents
10. Cost Effectiveness
Statistical outputs 11. Relevance
12. Accuracy and Reliability
13. Timeliness and Punctuality
14. Coherence and Comparability
15. Accessibility and Clarity

Our aim is to produce statistics that are accurate and reliable.  We will be objective in our analysis and disseminate our statistics in a clear, accessible and timely manner.  In line with the EPA Customer Charter, we will continue to routinely seek feedback from our end-users and stakeholders in improving how we deliver national and European waste statistics.  Quality is a central consideration to all aspects of our work and we strive to improve our quality management approaches on a continuous basis.