Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System

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The publication is an international standard on the design and operation of an efficient and accurate vital statistics system at national level. It provides guidelines on collection, compiling and disseminating vital statistics. More specifically it contains (a) basic principles for a vital statistics system; (b) uses of vital statistics and civil registration records; (c) topics to be covered in a vital statistics system; (d) sources of vital statistics and how they function; (e) quality assurance in the vital statistics system and (f) strategies in improving civil registration and vital statistics systems in countries. It also informs policy makers and the general public on the importance of vital statistics and hence further improving the vital statistics system.




The essential objective of the present revision of the principles and recommendations for a vital statistics system is to present vital statistics and civil registration as separate entities, with the ultimate goal being to establish, maintain and exploit these two entities as components of a coordinated and coherent system for registering and producing vital statistics. The procedures for recording births and deaths are equally important for civil registration in legal terms and for vital statistics in the context of source of statistics; hence, the work of civil registrars and that of statisticians are interdependent.


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