Name of the microdata access service
DG Statistique – Statistics Belgium
Postal address
DG Statistique - Statistics Belgium - North Gate Boulevard du Roi Albert II, 16 1000 Bruxelles
Microdata access conditions
General conditions

Access to anonymised data can be granted for scientific research. Beneficiaries include, but are not limited to, researchers affiliated to higher education or research institutions.

Conditions for non-resident researchers

Same conditions as national researchers. Transmission of data is possible only to “safe countries” that comply with European personal data protection legislation, or offer equivalent protection.

Conditions for students

Data are usually not provided to students

How to apply & modes of access
Scientific Use Files

The transmission of “données codées” (“gecodeerde studiegegevens”) must be authorised by the Statistical Supervisory Committee, now fully operational, before Statistics Belgium provides the data. The user must submit: 1) an application form; 2) a confidentiality contract, which must have been pre-filled, but not yet signed, by Statistics Belgium; 3) evidence of security of information system. The Statistical Supervisory Committee receives and manages applications, and makes decisions after receiving advice from Statistics Belgium.

Secure Use Files


Details & practical information
How long does it take to obtain data?

From the moment a complete application is submitted, Statistics Belgium has 15 days to give its opinion. From then on, the Statistical Supervisory Committee has 30 days to make a decision.

How much does it cost?



Other sectorial committees are responsible for monitoring transmission of data produced by public administrations (outside Statistics Belgium), eg. health and social security data.

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