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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.


Prevention Standards Partnership to talk at conference in Milan, Italy

asl_logoThe second meeting of the Prevention Standards Partnership will take place in Milan, Italy, on 26-28 February 2014. The host of this project meeting, project partner ASL Milano, has taken this opportunity to organise a conference on drug use and prevention prior to the Partnership meeting.

The conference will take place on Tuesday, 25th February 2014 and is entitled “Consumo di sostanze psicoattive nella Asl di Milano”- presentazione dell’indagine epidemiologica sul consumo di sostanze [“Drug use in Asl Milano’s catchment area” – presentation of 2013 epidemiological survey data]. The conference venue is Sala Conferenze, Centro Servizi Bezzi, Via Massaua 6, Milano.


  • Milano Drug Addiction Department and Drug Addiction Observatory
  • EMG – Marketing & Opinion Research srl (collaborators on the epidemiological survey)
  • “Mario Negri” – Milan research institute on drugs
  • Harry Sumnall, LJMU (Prevention Standards Partnership)
  • Artur Malczewski, NBDP (Prevention Standards Partnership)

For futher information about this event, please contact the Prevention Standards Partnership.

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.

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