Guidance on Statistical Reporting

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Article
European Food Safety Authority
EFSA Journal
EFSA Journal 2014;12(12):3908
doi
10.2903/j.efsa.2014.3908
Acknowledgements

EFSA wishes to thank the members of the Working Group on Statistical Reporting: Jean-Louis Bresson, Mikolaj Gralak, Matthias Greiner, Andy Hart, David Makowski, Joe Perry and Hans-Hermann Thulke for the preparatory work on this scientific output and EFSA staff: Davide Arcella, Saghir Bashir, Andreia Carlos, Laura Martino and Luca Pasinato for the support provided to this scientific output.

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Type
Guidance of EFSA
On request from
EFSA
Question Number
EFSA-Q-2012-00625
Approved
11 November 2014
Published in the EFSA Journal
2 December 2014
Affiliation
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy
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Abstract

Statistical analyses are an essential part of risk assessments. Statistical reporting varies considerably amongst the documents that EFSA receives and produces, which can lead to lack of transparency and reproducibility of results. This guidance aims to improve quality, openness and transparency of EFSA’s work and information/analyses received by EFSA (including dossiers). It is not intended to provide guidance on which statistical methodology should be applied and how statistical analysis should be performed. A template is proposed, that covers in the broadest possible way, the reporting of relevant aspects of a statistical analysis including: objectives, sources of information (data), study design, data quality, analysis methods, results and interpretation. The guidance and template serve to harmonise and standardise transparent statistical reporting to facilitate reproducibility of the analysis, interpretation and use of the statistical results, and independent peer review.

Keywords
statistical reporting, study design, sampling, guidance, statistics
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