Outside Europe


Gregor Burkhart from the EMCDDA has prepared this presentation to illustrate the different efforts within the international arena to promote quality in prevention.

Project-specific activities outside Europe

  • A number of documents from outside Europe were used in the development of the EDPQS (see the Manual for details).
  • Informal collaboration with organisations working on other continents to improve the quality of preventive work (see below)
  • As part of the EDPQS Phase II project, prevention professionals from outside Europe were also invited to take part in an online survey to comment on professional needs with regard to quality standards.
  • Presentation of EDPQS in relevant professional fora, including at the 58th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in March 2015 (see our travel report); the 19th Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research (SPR), Washington, DC, USA, May/June 2011; and the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research (SPR), Washington, DC, USA, May 2015.

Examples of EDPQS use outside Europe

The EDPQS are recognised globally as a key reference on quality in drug prevention. The EDPQS are referred to in international resources, such as:

  • The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) International Standards on Drug Use Prevention and in the related training materials for policy makers (available on demand)
  • The Universal Prevention Curriculum for Substance Use (UPC), an international training initiative funded by the USA State Department and the Colombo Plan and being developed by Applied Prevention Science
  • The Mentor International Prevention Hub
  • For further examples, please see our media page.

The EDPQS have inspired similar processes to develop quality standards in other parts of the world, for example in South America (“Minimum quality standards for drug use prevention programs” developed by the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), Organization of American States (OAS)).

As part of the Cooperation Programme on Drugs Policies between Latin America and the European Union (COPOLAD), the Quick Guide to EDPQS was translated into Spanish to help promote quality in preventive programmes in Latin America.

For more information, please see our Related activities page.

Project partners

It has been a priority for the European Prevention Standards Partnership to establish and maintain links with the international prevention community.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) was an associate partner in the EDPQS Phase II project.

The European Prevention Standards Partnership is represented in the international working group on “Coherence and Collaboration for Evidence Based Practice and Quality in Prevention” which was formed in 2014 to promote international coordination and shared learning on the topic of quality in prevention (for more information on the activities of this group, please contact us).

Informal collaborations with a number of organisations, including:

  • Mentor International,
  • the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA),
  • the International Task Force of the Society for Prevention Research (SPR),
  • the Organization of American States (OAS),
  • the Cooperation Programme on Drugs Policies between Latin America and the European Union – Programa de Cooperación entre América Latina y la Unión Europea en Políticas sobre Drogas (COPOLAD),
  • the New Zealand Drug Foundation, and
  • the Australian Drug Foundation.

For further information, please see the Partnership and Related activities pages.

Main contact person

Prof Harry Sumnall, Professor in Substance Use at Liverpool John Moores University (h.sumnall@ljmu.ac.uk), can be contacted regarding:

  • Information about the above institutions’ role in the EDPQS project
  • General information about the EDPQS
  • Information about EDPQS-specific activities oustide Europe
  • Advice on how to work with the EDPQS
  • Requests for presentations on EDPQS
  • Requests to receive training on EDPQS
  • Requests for permission to provide for-profit training on EDPQS

If you would like to get in touch with any of the organisations mentioned above, please contact Harry Sumnall and he will be able to put you in touch with relevant individuals.

Other quality standards and guidelines relevant to prevention

Yes. Please check the EMCDDA’s Best Practice Portal and our Related activities page.

Information up-to-date as of June 2015. Something wrong or missing? To submit an update regarding this page (e.g. changed contact details, additional activities), please contact us.