Definition: Timeliness in register-based vital statistics

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Means that for every vital event registered within the interval specified by legislation, a statistical report form has been forwarded to the agency responsible for the compilation of vital statistics within the established time schedule of the vital statistics programme, and that the production, publication and dissemination of the vital statistics is prompt enough to serve the users’ needs.
United Nations, "Handbook on Training in Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems", Studies in Methods, Series F, No. 84, New York, 2002

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