The European Statistics Code of Practice was adopted by the Statistical Programme Committee (SPC) of the European Union in February 2005, and its adoption was advised to Member States by the European Commission.

The Code of Practice is a self-regulatory instrument whose main purpose is to improve trust and confidence in official statistics produced and disseminated by the statistical authorities of Member States, Candidate Countries, EFTA Members and Eurostat, reinforcing their independence, integrity and responsibility, enhancing the quality of European Statistics.

The Code of Practice comprises fifteen principles organized into three main groups: Institutional Environment, Statistical Processes and Statistical Output.

In 2017, the second revision of this Code of Practice took place (it was first revised in 201), with the goals of reflecting the latest changes and innovations in the development, production and dissemination of official statistics in the European Statistical System and beyond, such as emerging new data sources, use of new technologies, modernisation of the legal framework, and the results of the peer reviews on the implementation of the Code of Practice. The adoption of one more Principle in the context of coordination and cooperation (Principle 1-A) reinforces the area of the institutional environment.

The Regional Directorate of Statistics of Madeira, as an integral part of the National Statistical System, adopts this Code, in which its Values are framed.