EDPQS Quick Guide published by the EMCDDA

A shortened version of the Manual

Quick_Guide_previewTarget audience and purpose

The primary target audience for the EDPQS Quick Guide are prevention professionals, including policy-makers, commissioners and service managers at national, regional and local levels.

The Quick Guide is of particular value if you wish to:

  • Gain a basic understanding of the issue of quality standards for drug prevention
  • Learn more about the EDPQS and assess whether they have relevance and use to your work setting
  • Undertake a first step toward self-reflection using simple checklists based on the EDPQS


If you wish to complete the self-reflection checklist electronically, you can also download the checklist only as a Word document (in English):

The EDPQS Quick Guide is also available through the EMCDDA web page.

Translations into other languages

The Quick Guide is currently available in the following translations (please click on your language to access the corresponding PDF file):

  • Albanian (translation commissioned by EMCDDA, proofread by Eduard Kakarriqi, Head of Department of Epidemiology and Health Systems, Institute of Public Health, Albania)
  • Bosnian (translation commissioned by EMCDDA, proofread by Jasmin Pljevljak, Ministry of Security, Bosnia Herzegovina)
  • Croatian (translation commissioned by EMCDDA, proofread by Dijana Jerković, Office for Combating Drugs Abuse of the Government of the Republic of Croatia)
  • French (translation verified by the French National Focal Point)
  • Hungarian (translation by the Hungarian National Focal Point in collaboration with Eötvös Loránd University)
  • Latvian (translation by the Addiction Monitoring Unit, Centre for Disease Prevention and Control of Latvia)
  • Lithuanian (adaptation by the Lithuanian Drug, Tobacco and Alcohol Control Department)
  • Macedonian (translation commissioned by EMCDDA, proofread byTatjana Petrusevska, Head of sector for controlled substances, Ministry of health, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)
  • Polish (translation commissioned by the Masovian Centre for Social Policy (MCPS) and the National Bureau for Drug Prevention (NBDP))
  • Serbian (translation commissioned by EMCDDA, proofread by Biljana Kilibarda, national correspondent for IPA4/EMCDDA)
  • Slovenian (translation by the Slovenian Institute for Research and Development ‘Utrip’)
  • Spanish (translation by COPOLAD)
  • Swedish (adaptation by Three Cities Project in cooperation with the Public Health Agency of Sweden)
  • Turkish (translation commissioned by EMCDDA, proofread by Bünyamin Öztas, TUBIM — Turkish National Focal Point)

Translations into further languages will be added to this page as they become available. If you are interested in translating the Quick Guide, please observe our translation guidelines.

Important note: These documents are translations of the original English language materials. They are provided for the convenience of those who prefer to read in their own language. Although carefully prepared by project partners or other organisations, they have not been formally checked by the original authors. In case of any doubts, we recommend you consult the original English language document as the English text prevails.

About the Quick Guide

The EDPQS Quick Guide was published by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) in collaboration with the Prevention Standards Partnership to provide an introduction to the EDPQS Manual. The Quick Guide includes a description of the eight stages of the EDPQS project cycle, along with simple checklists summarising the basic level standards from the Manual.

The aim of the Quick Guide is to encourage professionals to start using the standards for self-reflection, and to facilitate translation and dissemination of the EDPQS in Europe and its neighbouring countries. Ideally, the Quick Guide should be used in conjunction with the EDPQS Manual, although it is also possible to use it as a stand-alone resource.

Since its publication in 2013, the EDPQS Quick Guide has been supplemented with further materials to support self-assessment and self-improvement. If you wish to conduct a more detailed self-assessment and develop the quality of your work, please use EDPQS Toolkit 2.

Suggested citation

Brotherhood A, Sumnall HR (2013) European drug prevention quality standards: a quick guide. European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Ad hoc publications. Luxemburg: Publications Office of the European Union. Available from: http://prevention-standards.eu/quick-guide/

If you have any questions about the Quick Guide, please contact us.