FENStatS ACCREDITATION SYSTEM
Instructions to National Statistical Associations
The key elements regarding the FENStatS Accreditation System (F-AS) are described in the by-laws which also distill the spirit of this accreditation program. When in doubt regarding any of the subsequent points, we suggest to please consult the by-laws in order to interpret these points correctly and in the spirit of F-AS.
How to join in the FA-S
A National Association (NA) that is a FENStatS member organization may choose to join the F-AS at any time. The first step will be a formal notification to the chairperson of the F-AS expressing the NA’s interest to join.
- The NA needs to identify a person representing the NA to FENStatS, hereafter the Representative. This Representative shall be in good standing regarding membership in the NA, and interested in contributing time and effort towards making F-AS a successful initiative. The Representative will need to communicate closely and effectively with applicants, with the NA, and with the FENStatS accreditation board (FAB). For this professional service, the Representative will not receive remuneration from FENStatS.
- The NA needs to identify three auditors who will review accreditation applications by members of this NA. Ideally, the auditors are already accredited according to F-AS or other professional accreditations for statisticians. However, for the starting period of F-AS, it is not feasible to make this a mandatory requirement. The auditors will receive nominal honoraria for each audit they perform. The Representative may also serve as auditor if otherwise there is a shortage of staff.
- The auditors and representative sign non-disclosure agreements regarding the accreditation applications they will or may see.
- The names of the auditors and representative, are to be sent to the chairperson of the F-AB using the form provided on the next page, as well as their signed non- disclosure agreements. The FAB and FENStatS executive committee will review the documents and formally accept the NA into the F-AS or ask for revisions or more details.
How to process the applications
Once the NA is accepted into the F-AS, the NA will collect the applications from members of their own NA and efficiently process them on behalf of FENStatS. If an application is sent to FENStatS it will be forwarded to the appropriate NA.
- The NA representative will receive the applications and keep a tracking record of the application process.
- The application is reviewed by the NA accreditation body. They will use the checklist provided by F-AB.
- If the application is not sufficient or does not meet the qualifications required it is rejected. The applicant may appeal the decision to F-AB. The F-AB will in that case give a final decision.
- If the applicant is fulfilling the requirements the NA accreditation body forwards the application to F-AB with a recommendation to approve the application.
- The F-AB will make a final decision.
- The NA representative shall, at the request of F-AB, submit any documentation F-AB finds necessary to audit the NA process and the applications.
How to handle the financial part
- The application fee is EUR100.
- The annual recurrent fee is 20% of the application fee, EUR20.
- The NA keep 60% of the application fees being paid by their applicants.
- The auditors shall be given a fair compensation, recommended to EUR40-EUR50, including all taxes and other levies.
- The NA keep 50% of the annual recurrent fee.
- The NA representative will, once a year, specify the number of applicants and accredited members. FENStatS will invoice their share of the fees.