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Statistics on public health and health and safety at work

The production of Community statistical data is organised on the basis of uniform standards and harmonised methods. The adoption of a common framework in the area of public health and health and safety at work is aimed at guaranteeing the systematic production and the quality of data in these fields.


Regulation (EC) 1338/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on Community statistics on public health and health and safety at work (Text with EEA relevance).

The establishment of a Community regulatory framework is aimed at improving the systematic production of statistical data in the area of public health and health and safety at work. It is intended to facilitate the accessibility and compatibility of the data provided by Member States to the Commission.

The statistics will constitute a source of information to be used to guide and monitor Community and national policy. This data will also contribute to the establishment of structural indicators, sustainable development indicators and health indicators.

Member States shall collect the statistical data by means of surveys of the population or from administrative sources. It shall cover:

  • health status and health determinants, including physical and mental functioning, environmental and socio-professional factors (Annex I);
  • health care, in particular its availability, utilisation, cost and financing (Annex II);
  • causes of death, especially the characteristics of the deceased and his/her region (Annex III);
  • accidents at work, especially the characteristics of the injured person, the nature and circumstances of the accident (Annex IV);
  • occupational diseases, work-related health problems and illnesses (Annex V).

The statistics shall be transmitted by Member States to the Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat), in electronic form and in accordance with a Community interchange standard chosen by common agreement. The Commission must ensure their accessibility, dissemination and documentation. It shall act in accordance with Regulation 322/97/EC on the production of Community statistics and shall guarantee the impartiality, reliability, objectivity and cost-effectiveness of the statistical data.

Member States shall ensure the confidential nature of the data and the protection of personal data.

Member States shall take all necessary measures to ensure the quality of the data. They shall follow the methodological manuals and guidelines produced by the Commission. The quality and comparability of the data shall be assessed in accordance with standards developed by the Commission in cooperation with Member States and based on criteria of relevance, accuracy, timeliness, punctuality, accessibility and coherence). These standards shall be adopted in compliance with the principles of the European Statistics Code of Practice.

The Commission shall endeavour to coordinate, as far as possible, the development of methodologies and data collection activities with those implemented by international organisations operating in the field of public health and health and safety at work.

Every five years, the Commission shall publish a report on the quality of the data transmitted, based on the reports provided by Member States.

The Commission shall be assisted by the Statistical Programme Committee.


ActEntry into forceDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal
Regulation (EC) 1338/200821.1.2008-OJ L 354 of 31.12.2008
Last updated: 31.03.2009

See also

Additional information on the following website:

- Statistical Office of the European Communities -Eurostat

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