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Community statistics on public health and health and safety at work ***I
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European Parliament legislative resolution of 13 November 2007 on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on Community statistics on public health and health and safety at work (COM(2007)0046 – C6-0062/2007 – 2007/0020(COD))

(Codecision procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament ,

–   having regard to the Commission proposal to the European Parliament and the Council (COM(2007)0046),

–   having regard to Article 251(2) and Article 285(1) of the EC Treaty, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C6-0062/2007),

–   having regard to Rule 51 of its Rules of Procedure,

–   having regard to the report of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and the opinion of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (A6-0365/2007),

1.  Approves the Commission proposal, as amended;

2.  Calls on the Commission to refer the matter to Parliament again if it intends to amend its proposal substantially or replace it with another text;

3.  Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council and Commission.


Position of the European Parliament adopted at first reading on 13 November 2007 with a view to the adoption of Regulation (EC) No .../2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on Community statistics on public health and health and safety at work
P6_TC1-COD(2007)0020

(Text with EEA relevance)

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Article 285(1) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission ║,

Having regard to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee(1) ,

Having regard to the opinion of the European Data Protection Supervisor(2) ,

After consulting the Statistical Programme Committee ║in accordance with Article 3(1) of Council Decision ║ 89/382/EEC, Euratom(3) ,

Acting in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 251 of the Treaty(4) ,

Whereas:

(1)  Decision No 1786/2002/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 September 2002 adopting a programme of Community action in the field of public health (2003-2008)(5) ║ stated that the statistical element of the information system on public health is to be developed, in collaboration with Member States, using as necessary the Community statistical programme in order to promote synergy and avoid duplication.

(2)  Community information on public health has been developed systematically through the Community public-health programmes. Building on this work, a list of European Community Health Indicators (ECHI) has now emerged providing an overview of health status, determinants of health and health systems. In order to make available the minimum statistical data set needed for the calculation of ECHI║, Community statistics on health should be consistent, when relevant and possible, with the developments and achievements resulting from Community action in the field of public health.

(3)  The Council Resolution║ of 3 June 2002 on a new Community strategy on health and safety at work (2002-2006)(6) called on the Commission and the Member States to step up work in hand on harmonisation of statistics on accidents at work and occupational illnesses, so as to have available comparable data from which to make an objective assessment of the impact and effectiveness of the measures taken under the new Community strategy, as well as emphasising, in a specific section, the need to take into account the increase in the proportion of women on the labour market and to respond to their specific needs in relation to policies on health and safety at work . In addition, the Commission Recommendation ║ of 19 September 2003 concerning the European schedule of occupational diseases(7) recommended that the Member States progressively make their statistics on occupational diseases compatible with the European schedule, in accordance with the work being done on harmonising European statistics on occupational diseases.

(4)  In 2002 the Barcelona European Council recognised three guiding principles for the reform of health care systems: accessibility for all, high quality care and long-term financial sustainability. The Commission Communication║ of 20 April 2004 to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions entitled "Modernising social protection for the development of high-quality, accessible and sustainable health care and long-term care: support for the national strategies using the "open method of coordination" (COM(2004)0304), proposed starting work to identify possible indicators for joint objectives to develop care systems on the basis of activities undertaken in the context of the Community action programme on health, of Eurostat health statistics and cooperation with international organisations.

(5)  Decision No 1600/2002/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 July 2002 laying down the Sixth Community Environment Action Programme(8) includes an action on environment and health and quality of life as a key priority, calling for the definition and development of indicators of health and environment. In addition, the Council conclusions of 8 December 2003 requested that indicators on biodiversity and health be included, under the title "environment", in the structural indicators database used for the annual Spring Report to the European Council; health and safety at work indicators are also included in this database, under the title "employment". The set of sustainable development indicators adopted by the Commission in 2005 also contains a theme on public health indicators.

(6)  The European Environment and Health Action Plan 2004-2010 (COM(2004)0416) recognises the need to improve the quality, comparability and accessibility of data on health status for diseases and disorders linked to the environment, using the Community Statistical Programme.

(7)  The Council Resolution ║ of 15 July 2003 on promoting the employment and social integration of people with disabilities(9) ║ called on the Member States and the Commission to collect statistical material on the situation of people with disabilities, including on the development of services and benefits for this group. In addition, the Commission in its Communication of 30 October 2003 to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions entitled " Equal opportunities for people with disabilities - A European action plan" (COM(2003)0650) , decided to develop context indicators which are comparable across Member States in order to assess the effectiveness of disability policies. It indicated that maximum use should be made of sources and structures of the European Statistical System, in particular through development of harmonised survey modules, to acquire the internationally comparable statistical information needed for monitoring progress.

(8)  In order to ensure relevance and comparability of the data and avoid duplication of work, the statistical activities of Eurostat in the area of public health and health and safety at work need to be carried out in cooperation with the United Nations and its special organisations, such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO), as well as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), when relevant and possible. In particular, a common statistical data collection on the Systems of Health Accounts has been recently implemented together with OECD and WHO.

(9)  The Commission (Eurostat) already collects on a regular basis statistical data on public health and health and safety at work from the Member States which provide such data on a voluntary basis. In addition, it also collects data on those areas through other sources. Those activities are developed in close collaboration with Member States. In the area of public health statistics in particular, development and implementation are steered and organised according to a partnership structure between Eurostat and Member States. However, greater accuracy and reliability, coherence and comparability, coverage, timeliness and punctuality of the existing statistical data collections are still needed and it is also necessary to ensure that further collections agreed and developed with the Member States are implemented in order to achieve the minimum statistical data set necessary at Community level in the areas of public health and health and safety at work.

(10)  The production of specific Community statistics is governed by the rules set out in Council Regulation (EC) No 322/97 of 17 February 1997 on Community Statistics(10) .

(11)  This Regulation ensures full respect for the right to the protection of personal data as provided for in Article 8 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

(12)  Directive ║95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data(11) and Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data(12) shall apply in the context of this Regulation. The statistical requirements to which Community action in the field of public health, national strategies for the development of high-quality, accessible and sustainable health care and Community strategy on health and safety at work give rise, as well as requirements arising in connection with structural indicators, sustainable development indicators and ECHI and other sets of indicators which it is necessary to develop for the purpose of monitoring Community and national political actions and strategies in the areas of public health and health and safety at work, constitute a substantial public interest.

(13)  The transmission of data subject to statistical confidentiality is governed by the rules set out in Regulation (EC) No 322/97 and in Council Regulation (Euratom, EEC) No 1588/90 of 11 June 1990 on the transmission of data subject to statistical confidentiality to the Statistical Office of the European Communities(13) . Measures which are taken in accordance with those Regulations ensure the physical and logical protection of confidential data and ensure that no unlawful disclosure and non-statistical use occur when Community statistics are produced and disseminated.

(14)  In the production and dissemination of Community statistics under this Regulation, the national and Community statistical authorities should take account of the principles set out in the European Statistics Code of Practice, which was adopted by the Statistical Programme Committee on 24 February 2005 and attached to the Commission Communication to the European Parliament and to the Council on the independence, integrity and accountability of the national and Community statistical authorities and promulgated by the Recommendation of the Commission of 25 May 2005 on the same subject (COM(2005)0217) .

(15)  Since the objective of this Regulation, namely the establishment of a common framework for the systematic production of Community statistics on public health and health and safety at work, cannot be sufficiently achieved by the Member States and can therefore be better achieved at Community level, the Community may adopt measures, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity as set out in Article 5 of the Treaty. In accordance with the principle of proportionality, as set out in that Article, this Regulation does not go beyond what is necessary in order to achieve that objective.

(16)  The measures necessary for the implementation of this Regulation should be adopted in accordance with Council Decision ║1999/468/EC of 28 June 1999 laying down the procedures for the exercise of implementing powers conferred on the Commission(14) .

(17)  In particular, the Commission should be empowered to determine definitions, subjects and breakdown (including variables and classifications - inter alia, where possible and necessary, classifications by gender and age) , sources whenever relevant and provision of data and metadata (including reference periods, intervals and time limits) as regards the domains referred to in Article 2 and in Annexes I to V to this Regulation. It is important that gender and age be included in the breakdown variables as this allows the impact of gender and age differences on health and safety in the workplace to be taken into account. Since those measures are of general scope and are designed to amend non-essential elements of this Regulation, inter alia by deleting some of those elements or by supplementing this Regulation with new non-essential elements, they must be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny provided for in Article 5a of Decision 1999/468/EC.

(18)  Complementary financing for the collection of the data in the field of health and safety will be provided in the framework of the Community Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity - Progress, as established by Decision No 1672/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 2006 (15) . Within this framework financial resources should be used to help Member States in further building up national capacities to implement improvements and new tools for statistical data collection in the field of health and safety at work,

HAVE ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Subject matter

1.  This Regulation establishes a common framework for the systematic production of Community statistics on public health and health and safety at work. The statistics shall be produced in compliance with standards on impartiality, reliability, objectivity, cost-effectiveness and statistical confidentiality.

2.  The statistics shall include, in the form of a minimum data set, information required for Community action in the field of public health, for supporting national strategies for the development of high-quality, universally accessible and sustainable health care as well as for Community action in the field of health and safety at work.

3.  The statistics shall provide data for structural indicators, sustainable development indicators and ECHI as well as for the other sets of indicators which it is necessary to develop for the purpose of monitoring Community actions in the fields of public health and health and safety at work.

Article 2

Scope

Member States shall supply to the Commission (Eurostat) statistics on the following domains:

   - health status and health determinants, as defined in Annex I,
   - health care, as defined in Annex II,
   - causes of death, as defined in Annex III,
   - accidents at work, as defined in Annex IV,
   - occupational diseases and other work-related health problems and illnesses, as defined in Annex V.

Article 3

Definitions

For the purpose of this Regulation:

   (a) "Community statistics" has the meaning assigned to it by the first indent of Article 2 of Regulation (EC) No 322/97;
   b) "production of statistics" has the meaning assigned to it by the second indent of Article 2 of Regulation (EC) No 322/97;
   c) "public health" means all elements related to the health of European citizens and residents, namely their health status, including morbidity and disability, the determinants having an effect on that health status, health-care needs, resources allocated to health care, the provision of, and universal access to, health care as well as the health care expenditure and financing, and the causes of mortality;
   d) "health and safety at work" means all elements related to ║prevention and to protection of the health and safety of European Union workers at work in their current or past activities, in particular accidents at work, occupational diseases and other work-related health problems and illnesses.

Article 4

Sources

Member States shall compile data concerning public health and health and safety at work from sources which shall consist in, depending on the domains and subjects and on the characteristics of the national systems, either:

   a) existing or planned household or similar surveys or survey modules, or
   b) existing or planned national administrative or reporting sources.

Article 5

Methodology, manuals and pilot studies

1.  The Commission (Eurostat) shall draw up, or as the case may be improve or update, manuals, guidelines or recommendations on frameworks, concepts and methodologies concerning the Community statistics produced pursuant to this Regulation.

2.  National experience and expertise shall be used in the development referred to in paragraph 1. The methods used for the implementation of the data collections shall take into consideration, including in the case of preparatory activities, national specificities, capacities and existing data collections, in the framework of collaborative structures with Member States set up by the Commission (Eurostat). The methodologies for regular data collections which result from projects with a statistical dimension carried out under other Community programmes such as the public health or the research programmes shall also be taken into consideration.

3.  The statistical methodologies and data collections to be developed for the compilation of statistics on public health and health and safety at work at Community level shall take into consideration the need for coordination, whenever relevant, with the activities of international organisations in the field, in order to ensure international comparability of statistics and consistency of data collections. Within the European Union, studies and surveys of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work and of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions shall be taken into account. Outside the European Union, cooperation with the United Nations, and especially with the ILO and WHO, shall be further enhanced.

4.  Whenever new data requirements or insufficient quality of data are identified in the domains referred to in Article 2, the Commission (Eurostat) shall institute pilot studies to be completed on a voluntary basis by the Member States. The purpose of such pilot studies shall be to test the concepts and methods and to assess the feasibility of the related data collections, including statistical quality, comparability and cost effectiveness, according to the principles set up by the European Statistics Code of Practice. The approaches used in such studies shall be agreed in the framework of collaborative structures with Member States.

Article 6

Transmission, treatment, dissemination and publication of data

1.  Member States shall transmit the microdata or, depending on the domain and subject concerned, the aggregated data, including confidential data as defined by Article 13 of ║Regulation (EC) No 322/97, and the metadata, required by this Regulation and measures implementing it, to the Commission (Eurostat) in accordance with the existing Community provisions on transmission of data subject to statistical confidentiality laid down in ║Regulations (EC) No 322/97 and (Euratom, EEC) No 1588/90. Those Community provisions shall apply to the treatment of the data by Eurostat, in so far as the data are considered confidential as defined by Article 13 of ║Regulation (EC) No 322/97.

2.  Member States shall transmit the data and metadata required by this Regulation in electronic form, in accordance with an interchange standard agreed between the Commission and the Member States. The data shall be provided in accordance with the time-limits set out, at the intervals provided for, and in respect of the reference periods indicated, in the Annexes.

3.  The Commission (Eurostat) shall take the necessary steps to improve the dissemination, accessibility and documentation of the statistical information, in accordance with the principles of comparability, reliability and statistical confidentiality laid down in ║Regulation (EC) No 322/97.

Article 7

Quality criteria and reports

1.  The Commission (Eurostat) shall assess the quality of the data transmitted.

2.  The Commission (Eurostat), in close cooperation with Member States, shall develop recommended common standards designed to ensure the quality and comparability of the data provided, according to the principles set up by the European Statistics Code of Practice. These standards shall be published in the methodological manuals or guidelines.

3.  Member States shall take all measures necessary to ensure the best possible quality of the data transmitted.

4.  Every five years Member States shall supply the Commission (Eurostat) with two reports, prepared in conformity with the standards referred to in paragraph 2, on the quality of the data transmitted and the sources of the data. The first report shall concern public health statistics and the second health and safety at work statistics. Every five years the Commission (Eurostat) shall draw up a report on the comparability of the data disseminated.

Article 8

Implementing measures

The measures necessary for the implementation of this Regulation shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny referred to in Article 9(2). The measures shall cover for the domains referred to in Article 2:

   - definitions,
   - subjects and breakdown, including variables and classifications,
   - sources whenever relevant,
   - provision of data and metadata, including reference periods, intervals and time limits.

Article 9

Committee

1.  The Commission shall be assisted by the Statistical Programme Committee set up by ║Decision 89/382/EEC, Euratom║.

2.  Where reference is made to this paragraph, Articles 5a(1) to (4) and 7 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, having regard to the provisions of Article 8 thereof.

Article 10

This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at ║,

For the European Parliament For the Council

The President The President

(1) Opinion of 25 October 2007 (not yet published in the Official Journal).
(2) OJ C 295, 7.12.2007, p. 1.
(3) OJ L 181, 28.6.1989, p. 47.
(4) Position of the European Parliament of 13 November 2007 .
(5) OJ L 271, 9.10.2002, p. 1.
(6) OJ C 161, 5.7.2002, p. 1
(7) OJ L 238, 25.9.2003, p. 28.
(8) OJ L 242, 10.9.2002, p. 1.
(9) OJ C 175, 24.7.2003, p. 1.
(10) OJ L 52, 22.2.1997, p. 1. Regulation as amended by Regulation (EC) No 1882/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 284, 31.10.2003, p. 1).
(11) OJ L 281, 23.11.1995, p. 31. Directive as amended by Regulation (EC) No 1882/2003║.
(12) OJ L 8, 12.1.2001, p. 1.
(13) OJ L 151, 15.6.1990, p. 1, Regulation as amended by Regulation (EC) No 1882/2003.
(14) OJ L 184, 17.7.1999, p. 23. Decision as amended by Decision 2006/512/EC (OJ L 200, 22.7.2006, p. 11).
(15) OJ L 315, 15.11.2006, p. 1.


ANNEX I

Domain: Health status and health determinants

(a)  Aims

The aim of this domain is the timely provision of statistics on health status and determinants.

(b)  Scope

This domain shall be compiled mainly from population surveys or survey modules on health. Register data or other administrative sources may also be used when providing ║ complementary coverage and information or for some specific subjects such as morbidity or accidents and injuries. When relevant, persons living in institutions as well as children aged 0-14 years shall be included, when appropriate subject to successful prior pilot studies.

(c)  Reference periods, intervals and time limits of data provision

Statistics shall be provided at least every five years; a more frequent periodicity may be needed for some specific data collections such as on morbidity or accidents and injuries; the first reference year, the interval and the time limit of provision of the data for each source and subject shall be specified and agreed upon as part of the implementing measures referred to in Article 8.

(d)  Subjects covered

The minimum data set to be provided shall cover the following list of subjects:

   - health status, including health perceptions, physical and mental functioning and disability, and morbidity,
   - tracking of any disease whose incidence is increasing or decreasing,
   - accidents and injuries, including those related to consumer safety, and alcohol- and drug-related harm,
   - lifestyle and environmental, social and occupational factors,
   - protection against possible pandemics and transmissible diseases,
   - access to and use of preventive and curative health care facilities (population survey),
   - background demographic and socio-economic information on the individuals.

Not all subjects are necessarily to be provided at the time of each data provision. The variables, breakdowns and micro data required shall be drawn from the above list.

If survey sources are used, the development of the health survey instruments and the drawing up of recommended characteristics and quality assessment for the survey design, sample and weighting, and realisation shall be carried out according to guidelines drawn up with Member States. These specifications on data collected and surveys used shall be agreed upon in the context of the relevant implementing measures and stated in detail in manuals and guidelines.

(e)  Metadata

When submitting the statistical data covered by this domain, the Member States shall provide the required metadata to be agreed upon as part of the implementing measures (including on survey characteristics) as well as information about any national specificity essential for the interpretation and compilation of comparable statistics and indicators.


ANNEX II

Domain: Health care

(a)  Aims

The aim of this domain is the timely provision of statistics on health care.

(b)  Scope

This domain covers the sum of activities performed either by institutions or individuals pursuing, through the application of medical, paramedical and nursing knowledge and technology, the goal of health as well as related administration and management activities.

The data shall be compiled mainly from administrative sources.

(c)  Reference periods, intervals and time limits of data provision

Statistics shall be provided annually; the first reference year, the interval and the time limit of provision of the data for each source and subject shall be specified and agreed upon as part of the implementing measures referred to in Article 8.

(d)  Subjects covered

The minimum data set to be provided shall cover the following list of subjects:

   - health care institutions and resources,
   - health care utilisation, individual and collective services,
   - health care expenditures and financing, and
   - ║other elements for supporting national strategies for the development of high-quality, accessible and sustainable health care and long-term care.

Not all subjects are necessarily to be provided at the time of each data provision. The variables and breakdowns required shall be drawn from the above lists. The data set shall be laid down following the International Classification of Health Accounts of the OECD and the International Shortlist for Hospital Morbidity Tabulation of the WHO. These specifications shall be agreed upon in the context of the relevant implementing measures and stated in detail in manuals and guidelines.

(e)  Metadata

When submitting the statistical data covered by this domain, the Member States shall provide the required metadata to be agreed upon as part of the implementing measures (including sources, definitions and compilations) as well as information about any national specificity essential for the interpretation and compilation of comparable statistics and indicators.


ANNEX III

Domain: Causes of deaths

(a)  Aims

The aim of this domain is the timely provision of comparable statistics on the causes of death.

(b)  Scope

This domain covers the causes of death statistics as derived from national medical death certificates taking into account WHO recommendations. The statistics to be compiled refer to the underlying cause which is defined by WHO as "the disease or injury which initiated the train of morbid events leading directly to death, or the circumstances of the accident or violence which produced the fatal injury". The statistics shall be compiled for European residents and stillbirths.

(c)  Reference periods, intervals and time limits of data provision

Statistics shall be provided annually. The first reference year shall be specified and agreed upon as part of the implementing measures referred to in Article 8. The data shall be submitted at the latest in the second year following the reference year. Provisional or estimated data can be provided earlier. In the case of public health incidents, special data collections may be additionally established, either for all deaths or for specific causes of death.

(d)  Subjects covered

The minimum data set to be provided shall cover the following list of subjects:

   - characteristics of the deceased,
   - region,
   - characteristics of the death, including the underlying cause of death.

The variables and breakdowns required shall be drawn from the above list. The causes of death data set shall be laid down in the framework of the International Classification of Diseases of WHO and shall follow the Eurostat rules and the recommendations of UN and WHO for population statistics. These specifications shall be agreed upon in the context of the relevant implementing measures and stated in detail in manuals and guidelines.

(e)  Metadata

When submitting the statistical data covered by this domain, the Member States shall provide the required metadata to be agreed upon as part of the implementing measures as well as information about any national specificity essential for the interpretation and compilation of comparable statistics and indicators.


ANNEX IV

Domain: Accidents at work

(a)  Aims

The aim of this domain is the timely provision of statistics on accidents at work.

(b)  Scope

An accident at work is defined as "a discrete occurrence in the course of work which leads to physical or mental harm". The data shall be collected, for the entire workforce, for fatal accidents at work and accidents at work resulting in more than 3 days of absence from work, using administrative sources complemented with relevant additional sources. A limited subset of basic data on accidents with less than 4 days" absence may be collected, when available, in the framework of the collaboration with ILO.

(c)  Reference periods, intervals and time limits of data provision

Statistics shall be provided annually. The first reference year shall be specified and agreed upon as part of the implementing measures referred to in Article 8. The data shall be submitted at the latest in June of the second year following the reference year. Provisional data can be submitted earlier.

(d)  Subjects covered

The minimum micro data set to be provided shall cover the following list of subjects:

   - characteristics of the injured person and the injury,
   - characteristics of the enterprise and workplace,
   - characteristics of the working environment,
   - characteristics of the accident, including the sequence of events characterising the causes and circumstances of the accident.

The variables and breakdowns required, as well as their related options and sample weightings, shall be drawn from the above list in the framework of the ESAW (European statistics on accidents at work) methodology. They shall be agreed upon in the context of the relevant implementing measures and stated in detail in manuals and guidelines.

(e)  Metadata

When submitting the statistical data covered by this domain, the Member States shall provide the required metadata regarding population covered by the statistics, the declaration rates for the accidents at work defined in point b) and, when relevant, sample characteristics, as well as information about any national specificity essential for the interpretation and compilation of comparable statistics and indicators.


ANNEX V

Domain: Occupational diseases and other work-related health problems and illnesses

(a)  Aims

The aim of this domain is the timely provision of statistics on recognised cases of occupational disease and other work-related health problems and illnesses.

(b)  Scope

A case of occupational disease is defined as a case recognised by the national authorities responsible for recognition of occupational diseases. The data shall be collected for incident occupational diseases and deaths due to occupational disease. A case of work-related health problem and illness does not necessarily refer to recognition by an authority and the related data shall be collected mainly from population surveys. Work-related health problems and illnesses are those health problems and illnesses which can be caused, worsened or jointly caused by working conditions. This includes physical and psychosocial health problems.

(c)  Reference periods, intervals and time limits of data provision

For occupational diseases, statistics shall be provided annually and submitted at the latest in the first quarter of the second year following the reference year. The reference periods, intervals and the time limits of provision of the other data collections shall be specified and agreed upon with Member States.

(d)  Subjects covered

The minimum data set to be provided shall cover the following list of subjects:

   - characteristics of the diseased person, including gender, age and employment status , and of the disease or health-related problems,
   - characteristics of the enterprise and workplace, including size and sector of the enterprise ,
   - characteristics of the causative agent or factor.

Not all subjects are necessarily to be provided at the time of each data provision. The variables and breakdowns required shall be drawn from the above list and agreed upon with Member States.

(e)  Metadata

When submitting the statistical data covered by this domain, the Member States shall provide the required metadata regarding population covered by the statistics, as well as information about any national specificity essential for the interpretation and compilation of comparable statistics and indicators.

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