Category Archives: Examples of use

Quick Guide available in Latvian & first EDPQS training event held in Riga

We are pleased to announce that the Quick Guide to the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (EDPQS) was recently published in Latvian. This means that the Quick Guide is now available in 15 languages.

The quick guide was translated and published by the Latvian Centre for Disease Prevention and Control that is responsible for public health prevention coordination and represents the National Focal Point for the Reitox network of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA).

In addition, the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control of Latvia, in collaboration with EDPQS project partner Artur Malczewski from the Polish National Bureau for Drug Prevention, organised the first EDPQS training in the capital Riga using EDPQS Toolkit 3 (Training). This event was held on 30 November 2016 and gathered together 17 experts representing ministries and other state institutions, municipalities, the police’s prevention unit and non-governmental organisations.

The organisers of the training received positive feedback, and the results of pre-test and post-test showed that participants improved their knowledge about the EDPQS quick guide and the way how to use it; moreover, the majority of participants noted that this tool would be useful in their work.

It is planned that in 2017 another training on EDPQS standards will be organised and that more EDPQS toolkits will be translated into Latvian.

For more information about EDPQS activities in Latvia, please visit our Latvia country page.

Participants at the first EDPQS training event in Riga, Latvia

Pamphlet promotes EDPQS to support local preventive work in Sweden

Swedish EDPQS pamphletLocal drugs coordinators (known as ANDT-coordinators; ANDT = alcohol, narcotic drugs, doping and tobacco) in the county governments in Örebro and Värmland, Sweden, have produced a pamphlet about quality in prevention in order to stimulate and enhance the local preventive work. The pamphlet is built on EDPQS-thinking and advocates the EDPQS as a means for quality support (page 9).

The pamphlet was introduced at a large regional conference for local policy-makers, police and local ANDT-coordinators. EDPQS project partner Anders Eriksson supported the process of producing this material and gave a presentation at the conference to contextualise the material from an EDPQS project perspective.

For further information about this project, please contact the regional ANDT-coordinators at;; and

For all information about EDPQS activities in Sweden, please visit our Sweden country page.

EDPQS Quick Guide published & first EDPQS training event held in Lithuania

Quick Guide in LithuanianWe’re pleased to announce that the Quick Guide to the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (EDPQS) is now available in Lithuanian, and that the Lithuanian Drug, Tobacco and Alcohol Control Department has commenced delivering formal training events on the EDPQS.

The Quick Guide was translated, adapted and published by the Lithuanian Drug, Tobacco and Alcohol Control Department, using EDPQS Toolkit 4: Adaptation and Dissemination.

Initial activities to use and disseminate the EDPQS in Lithuania started already in 2012. In 2016, the Lithuanian Drug, Tobacco and Alcohol Control Department started delivering formal training events to support the use and implementation of the EDPQS.

The first training event was held on 30th June 2016, organised in collaboration with the Polish EDPQS Project Partner, the Polish National Bureau for Drug Prevention (lecturer – Artur Malczewski). There were 22 participants from state, municipality institutions and non-governmental organisations. Training evaluation results showed an overall increase of participants’ awareness, motivation, skills and knowledge regarding quality in drug prevention (all these indicators were higher after the training than before the training).

EDPQS trainings will also be organised in 2017 and 2018. All training events are planned and delivered using EDPQS Toolkit 3: Training.

For more information about EDPQS in Lithuania, please visit our Lithuania country page.

Participants at the first EDPQS training event in Lithuania

Participants at the first EDPQS training event in Lithuania

Participants at the first EDPQS training event in Lithuania

EDPQS Project Partner Artur Malczewski helping to facilitate the event

EDPQS Project Partner Artur Malczewski helping to facilitate the first training event

Public Health England runs EDPQS training session

Toolkit 3 previewIn December 2015, Public Health England (PHE) used the EDPQS Training Toolkit (EDPQS Toolkit 3) to facilitate a training event with local authority commissioners and charitable funders working in drug prevention. Madeleine Rudolph, Programme Manager at the Alcohol and Drugs Team, PHE London, described the training event as follows.

Public Health England (PHE) aims to ensure the development and delivery of high quality, evidence based interventions across all of our areas of work. Where we do not directly deliver services, for example alcohol and drug prevention and treatment interventions, we aim to achieve our objective by aiding those who do so through the dissemination of evidence and championing robust quality assurance mechanisms.

In December 2015, PHE London’s alcohol and drugs team facilitated a training session on the substance misuse prevention evidence base and quality assurance of these interventions. The team liaised with Liverpool John Moores University, utilising the new European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (EDPQS) toolkits, in addition to PHE’s own summary of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s systematic assessment of evidence.

The session brought together Local Authority service commissioners and funders from a range of charitable trusts, creating an added opportunity for networking and potential future collaboration. Participants were selected by PHE to ensure the messages reached those in a position to directly influence the provision of prevention interventions.

The session was well received. Working through the “Stella” case study from EDPQS Toolkit 3 was perceived as being very useful and as bringing the standards to life. Attendees also cited a range of ways in which they would utilise the EDPQS standards such as in creating service specifications and considering funding applications.

In 2016, PHE London is planning to utilise additional EDPQS materials to deliver complementary training for service providers and grant applicants.

For further information about PHE’s work, please contact us and we can put you in touch with the relevant individuals.

Minimum quality standards for drug demand reduction interventions in the EU

EU Council ConclusionsOn 14 September 2015, the Council of the European Union adopted Council conclusions on the implementation of minimum quality standards in drug demand reduction in the EU.

The new “minimum quality standards in drug demand reduction in the EU” build on previous initiatives to formulate and establish quality standards in prevention, treatment and harm reduction, including the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (EDPQS) initiative (although developed through a separate activity, not directly related to the EDPQS Phase I or Phase II projects).

Recognising that implementation of standards such as the EDPQS cannot rely on engagement with practitioners alone, but requires political support at all levels, these new standards can be considered a major achievement as they have been formally endorsed by the governments of the EU Member States. It is hoped that they will provide a significant foundation upon which to implement future activities to support high quality in the drug demand reduction field (including prevention), to professionalise the workforce and strengthen existing delivery systems.

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) commented on the publication of the minimum standards as follows:

“This innovative initiative lists 16 standards that represent a minimum benchmark of quality for interventions in: drug use prevention, risk and harm reduction, treatment, social integration and rehabilitation. Although non-binding for national governments, this document represents the political will of EU countries to address demand reduction interventions through an evidence-based perspective.” (

The political process leading up to this achievement required several years of work and the long-term support and commitment of many stakeholders. The European Prevention Standards Partnership followed the development closely and supported it at several stages. A milestone in the process, for example, was the publication of a first proposal for minimum standards in 2011: the EQUS Minimum Quality Standards in Drug Demand Reduction. These were developed in collaboration with the European Prevention Standards Partnership (responsible for the prevention strand; for further details see Example 6 in our EDPQS Toolkit 4).

The work on EU minimum standards then advanced significantly during the EU Presidencies of Italy (2014) and of Latvia (2015), with a revised proposal for minimum standards drawn up and discussed in a year-long process during the meetings of the Horizontal Working Party on Drugs (HDG) (highlighted in a previous blog post regarding the CND 2015 Side Event). Representatives of the European Prevention Standards Partnership provided input regarding the methods and sources used to develop the minimum standards, as well as their contents.

We are pleased that the endorsed minimum standards are fully compatible with, and make explicit reference to, the EDPQS. The EDPQS will continue to be helpful to achieve these minimum standards in the prevention field, and to think about quality standards and the practicalities of achieving quality at a more in-depth level.

“Minimum quality standards for drug demand reduction interventions in the EU”

Quick Guide available in Swedish

Quick Guide SwedishAn adapted version of the ‘quick guide’ to the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (EDPQS), published in 2013 by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) in collaboration with the Prevention Standards Partnership, is now available in Swedish.

The Swedish Quick Guide was produced as part of the “Three Cities” project (Swedish title: Trestad2). This was a joint initiative between the three largest cities in Sweden (Stockholm, Malmö and Gothenburg) aimed at improving the policies and interventions addressing young people’s cannabis use. A broader aim of the project was to promote quality and workforce competencies in prevention across Sweden, and hence a special sub-project sought to adapt the European quality standards to the Swedish context.

Work on the adaptation started in 2010 and was implemented as a long-term consensus-building process involving policy makers, practitioners and researchers from the three cities as well as from across the country. The project received financial support from the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs under the national ANDT (Alcohol, Narcotic drugs, Doping and Tobacco) Strategy as well as from the city government. The Public Health Agency of Sweden actively supported the adaptation of the material and is now a key player in disseminating the output.


The National Reference Group at a working group meeting with Prof Harry Sumnall and Angelina Brotherhood (Stockholm, May 2014).

Adaptation of the EDPQS to the Swedish context proceeded in collaboration with the EU Prevention Standards Partnership. The Social Development Unit, Social Services Administration, City of Stockholm formally joined the Partnership in 2013 as an Associate Partner, and the Swedish adaptation of EDPQS served as a case study during the EDPQS Phase II project (as reported in a previous blog entry). The picture above shows Prof Harry Sumnall and Angelina Brotherhood attending a meeting in Stockholm in May 2014 to discuss the EDPQS with the national reference group which had been set up to inform the adaptation.

The EU Prevention Standards Partnership followed the Swedish adaptation process with great interest, and the experiences gathered by the Swedish colleagues were essential for the development of EDPQS Toolkit 4. In fact, it was these colleagues’ questions and learning that prompted the development of our guide to adapting and disseminating the EDPQS.

Further information on the Swedish experience of adapting the EDPQS can be found in the Toolkit 4 Example Projects and on our Sweden country page. On that page you can also access a video interview with Anders Eriksson, City of Stockholm, and his colleagues Mats Glans and Ulf Ljungberg, City of Malmö.

All resources to support use of the Standards can be found in our resources section.

Related work in Quality Standards and Best Practice #1: Mentor ADEPIS, UK

The aim of the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (EDPQS) Phase II project is to help those involved in drug prevention feel better equipped to develop, support and implement high quality drug prevention work. The Project will be developing support materials for different groups working in the field of prevention to help them apply these Standards in their work practice.

The EDPQS project is an important initiative that offers a reference point to others working on quality standards and best practice in prevention. Equally, the Prevention Standards Partnership is able to learn and gain from related work that is taking place in other countries and regions.

Our Related activites section offers an overview of international activity that is being undertaken or recently undertaken to address the support for and development of “best practice” and the promotion of high quality drug prevention. The following is the first of a series of blogs to provide details of such activities at national or international level, starting with the ADEPIS initiative in the United Kingdom.

ADEPIS – The Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service in the UK

ADEPIS photo durham seminar

ADEPIS is a project funded by the Department for Education in England and run by Mentor UK, in partnership with two other organisations in the UK, DrugScope and Adfam.

ADEPIS provides a platform for sharing information and resources and is targeted at schools and practitioners working in drug and alcohol prevention. Launched in April 2013, it has undertaken a wide ranging mapping exercise with teachers, and developed a range of tools, briefing papers and guidance specific to alcohol and drug education and prevention.

Regional seminars have taken place to address effective drug and alcohol education; identifying and supporting vulnerable young people; and setting standards for drug and alcohol prevention and education.  Regional networking among schools, practitioners and academics has also been supported.

Mapping the experience of teachers

A mapping exercise was undertaken with teachers to identify how resources are chosen and used, the support currently available to practitioners and the perceived gaps. The findings, based on an online survey with 288 teachers (primary and secondary) and 20 follow-up telephone interviews, were drawn together into a report, which informed the development of ADEPIS.


ADEPIS has produced a number of resources for schools including:

  • a toolkit for helping schools review their alcohol and drug policies
  • a presentation and briefing for school governors to help them think about how their school can respond to alcohol and drug issues
  • a briefing paper to help schools identify and support children affected by parental substance misuse.

In addition, it has developed briefing papers which focus on topics that are current for schools such as caffeine and energy drinks, legal highs and e-cigarettes.

The project website has links to a range of resources and programmes, which includes evidence and research based programmes, lesson plans, research summaries, and government advice.

Drug and Alcohol Education Standards

The project offers proposed standards for alcohol and drug education.  These standards draw on existing national and international guidance, including the EDPQS, as well as examples of good practice in drug education and prevention.  They also reflect on feedback from teachers, practitioners and those who support school drug education in order to ensure that the standards provide the best current evidence and practice.

Each set of standards is being produced for a specific target group:

  1. Delivering drug education in the classroom as part of a planned PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education) programme: For primary and secondary schools, independent practitioners or anyone else delivering alcohol and drug education, in formal or informal environments.
  2. School context for effective drug education: For school leaders and governing bodies, as well as other members of staff in primary and secondary schools – including free schools, academies, private schools, and faith schools – responsible for, or involved in the delivery of alcohol and drug education or policy.
  3. Staff policies and safeguarding: For external agencies delivering drug education within schools and employing staff and/or volunteers.

The Seminars

Seminars were held to bring together practitioners and academics creating an arena for sharing ideas, perspectives and examples on different aspects of alcohol and drug education and prevention.

Presentations and resources produced for the seminars are all available on the ADEPIS website.

Future plans

The next seminar will look at practical ways to deliver effective drug education and prevention in primary schools through the promotion of healthy lifestyles and positive behavioural choices. Future work will also explore classroom management programmes and the use of theatre in education.

By bringing together theory and practice the focus will move on towards developing efficient needs assessment in schools. A briefing paper and seminar will outline the uses and pitfalls of needs assessment, suggestions on effective ways to employ data to implement drug education and prevention programmes, as well as how to use screening tools in schools.

For further information see

Andrew Brown
Programme Manager
Mentor UK


Project Update #1: Case Studies undertaken by Project Partners

A major element in the first year of the Prevention Standards Phase II project has now been completed. It involved undertaking case studies of specific projects as one way of checking the relevance and usefulness of the Standards developed during Phase I of the Project against “real” prevention activities as well as to aid the development of specific indicators for the Standards.

The Project Lead, four Co-Beneficiary Partners and three Associate Partners assisted in this task. Partners identified the Cases to be studied and explored them using an agreed methodology, providing relevant documentation, undertaking site visits and interviewing representatives of the selected Cases, and subsequently providing their feedback for analysis by the Project Lead.

The Case Studies were selected to offer a diverse range of examples of prevention work being undertaken to include a range of target groups and settings; different delivery systems; a range of providers; and of course a range of countries and cultures.

Overall, seven different prevention activities were included in the Case Studies:

  • Two of the Case Studies were undertaken by the team at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) with Associate Partner projects: REBOUND, which is a school based resilience and risk competence training programme led by the University Hospital in Heidelberg, Germany; and the Three Cities initiative being undertaken in Stockholm, Malmö and Gothenburg, represented in Phase II by the Social Development Unit, Social Services Administration, Stockholm, Sweden.This project is as an example of a commissioning process, and was of special interest to Phase II as the Prevention Standards have been actively used as part of the initiative (see examples of use).
From left: Angelina Brotherhood (LJMU), Henrik Jungaberle (REBOUND), Maximilian von Heyden (REBOUND), Harry Sumnall (LJMU), Jeff Lee (LJMU), Vera Schultka (REBOUND), Christina Wippermann (REBOUND), Ede Nagy (REBOUND). 11 June 2013, Heidelberg.

Site visit by LJMU to the REBOUND project at the University Hospital Heidelberg, Germany.

  • Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Hungary examined a project named Kék Pont City Art Műhely programme as their Case Study, which addresses an out-of-school target group using a participant- and needs-led approach.
  • ASL Milano in Italy investigated the adaptation and implementation of Botvin’s Life Skills Training programme, which has been undertaken by a regional monitoring centre (Osservatorio Regionale sulle Dipendenze – OreD). This is an established and internationally used school based programme and the Case Study thus allows an exploration of the Standards for an adaptation of existing programmes.
  • The Institute for the Prevention of Addictions and Drug Abuse (Institut Suchtprävention, pro mente Oberösterreich) in Austria identified their Case Study as Peer Drive Clean. This project consists of alcohol education delivered in driving schools, and was of interest to Phase II as it was not entirely prevention driven (the aim is reduction of alcohol related harms rather than prevention of use).
  • The University Mental Health Research Institute (UMHRI) in Greece conducted a Case Study with the Prevention Centre for Addiction and Psychosocial Health Promotion of the Municipality of Kifisia (PRONOI). This offers a Case Study from a deliverer of prevention as PRONOI develops and implements interventions primarily in the area of drug, alcohol and tobacco prevention.
Site visit by UMHRI to the Pronoi Prevention Center in Kifisia, Greece.

Site visit by UMHRI to the Pronoi Prevention Center in Kifisia, Greece.

  • An additional (self funded) Case Study was carried out with the short version of the Standards by an Associate Partner, the Government Delegation for the National Plan on Drugs in Spain (PNSD). They will undertake a Case Study using the Entre todos, school and family based prevention programme.

The seven Case Studies undertaken have involved significant time in preparation, review of relevant documentation, undertaking the Case study interviews, and writing the follow up reports. The empirical fieldwork has now been completed, and the results will be analysed by the Project Lead, Liverpool John Moores University. The findings from this piece of work will help in the preparation of Quality Standard indicators and the refinement of the Prevention Standards in conjunction with the work undertaken by the Co-Beneficiary Partner Charles University in Prague (CUNI) on evidencing achievement and the development of indicators.

Further information about the individual Project Partners can be found on the Partnership in Phase II page; and further information about the project activities can be found in the description of the Phase II project. For any additional information, please contact us.

Presentation of the Prevention Standards at the NIGHTS 2013 “Health, Pleasure & Communities” conference held in Padova, Italy, on September 25th-27th 2013

NEWIPThe conference NIGHTS 2013 was organised through the Nightlife Empowerment & Well-being Implementation Project (NEWIP), comprising a network of European community-based NGOs acting in the nightlife field, nightlife professionals, local and regional authorities and agencies, treatment professionals and scientific researchers. An international conference in scope, the aim of NIGHTS 2013 was to improve the quality of the nightlife scene and the well being of the people inhabiting it; with talks focussing on methods and tools, including quality standards, to ensure safer nights out.

Rachele Donini of ASL 2 Savonese presented the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (EDPQS) on behalf of the Prevention Standards Partnership in a parallel session entitled “Setting the Standard: Good Practice and Standards for Harm Reduction Interventions in Nightlife Settings”. Besides our presentation, contributions highlighting other guidance for drug prevention interventions were made by Alessandro Pirona (EMCDDA) and John Peter Kools (Foundation Rainbow Group, Netherlands). The session was organised and chaired by Judith Noijen and Floor van Bakkum (Jellinek, Netherlands).

During this session, a draft of the forthcoming NEWIP Standards for nightlife settings was also presented, which have been developed based on the EDPQS. Further information about the NEWIP Standards can be found in our examples of use section.

The session was attended by about 25 participants, mainly practitioners working in the nightlife settings, who engaged in an open and lively discussion following the presentations. Participants emphasised the need for helpful and easy-to-read materials that can support the planning and monitoring of drug prevention interventions. Although all participants highlighted the challenges of having to adhere to quality standards, all recognized the importance of having standards in terms of quality and effectiveness.

For more information about NEWIP and the conference please visit: or