2-3 October 2014: Conference on European Drug Prevention Quality Standards in Warsaw, Poland

Artur Malczewski, National Bureau for Drug Prevention (NBDP), Poland

Every year, the Reitox Polish Focal Point organises an annual drug monitoring conference for local and regional governments. This year, the conference will be held on 2-3 October 2014 and it will be devoted to the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (EDPQS), developed by the Prevention Standards Partnership and published by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). The conference will also feature two thematic sessions on New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) and harm reduction.

At present, Phase II of the EDPQS project is underway with co-funding from the European Union, to develop EDPQS support materials and promote uptake of the standards. During the conference in Warsaw, project partners from the UK, Italy, France, Czech Republic and Poland will deliver presentations on the standards. There will be also presentations from the EMCDDA and other countries such as Lithuania (prevention), Latvia (NPS and Latvian EU Presidency in 2015), Hungary (NPS), and Estonia (harm reduction). More than 100 persons from Europe and beyond are expected to attend.

The main aim of the conference will be to promote the EDPQS and to facilitate discussion about implementation of standards in the EU.

For further information and registration, please contact the Prevention Standards Partnership.