Vital Statistics Documentation

This page contains links to policy, guidance and data quality related documents that users may find useful.

Publication Schedule

Find out when all the reports and data produced by Vital Statistics will be published

Vital Statisics publication schedule


Quality Assurance of Administrative Data (QAAD)

The Quality Assurance of Administrative Data (QAAD) is a regulatory standard created by the UK Statistics Authority. QAAD documents contain information on processes involved from data collection to publication with a focus on quality assurance.



Background Quality Reports (BQRs)

Below are links to the BQRs for each of the areas covered by the Vital Statistics Unit. BQRs describe the quality of the data and details any points that should be noted when using the outputs.




Civil Partnerships


Divorces/Civil Partnership Dissolutions


User Guides and Process Maps

Data Sources and Flows

Cause of Death Information in Northern Ireland: A User Guide



Vital Statistics Revision and Errors Policy

Vital Statistics Confidentiality Policy