Sweden

Locally known as: “European Drug Prevention Quality Standards” (“EDPQS”), sometimes translated as “Europeisk kvalitetsstandard för drogförebyggande arbete”


Anders Eriksson (City of Stockholm) and his colleagues Mats Glans and Ulf Ljungberg (City of Malmö) introduce the Swedish EDPQS associate partner, the Three Cities project, and explain why and how they adapted the EDPQS to the Swedish context (February 2015)

EDPQS materials available in Swedish

  • Quick Guide (Swedish adaptation of the original EDPQS Quick Guide)
  • Pamphlet about quality in prevention produced by county governments of Örebro and Värmland to support local preventive work (publication independent of EDPQS project; local adaptation of selected EDPQS project stages & key messages)
  • Presentation materials (PPT) available upon request from Anders Eriksson (see below for contact details)
  • Please contact the project partners mentioned below for more information

Project-specific activities in this country

  • The “Three Cities” project served as a case study to explore the practical applicability of the EDPQS.
  • The Prevention Standards Partnership supported the “Three Cities” project in the adaptation of EDPQS materials
  • Presentation of EDPQS in relevant professional fora, including “Drogfokus 2012”, Sweden’s national conference on alcohol, drugs, doping and tobacco, Norrköping, Sweden, October 2012.

Examples of EDPQS use in this country

The EDPQS inspired a consensus-building process towards Swedish quality standards for drug prevention. This project was implemented as part of the “Three Cities” project (“Trestad2″), a collaboration between the three largest cities in Sweden (Stockholm, Malmö, Gothenburg) in the area of cannabis prevention with young people under 25 years of age (see the project website). Representatives of Stockholm and Malmö led a sub-project within this collaboration focussing on quality assurance in prevention, giving special consideration to the EDPQS. This working group translated the EDPQS into Swedish and and adapted them to the Swedish context, with the support of a National Reference Group which was set up in 2014 specifically for this purpose. Development and publication of the materials proceeded in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Sweden. The EDPQS champions on this project were Anders Eriksson, Social Development Unit, Social Services Administration, City of Stockholm, as well as Mats Glans and Ulf Ljungberg, City of Malmö. More information about this project can be found in the “Example projects documents” in EDPQS Toolkit 4.

The EDPQS were also used as a common framework for describing sub-projects undertaken by the cities participating in the “Three Cities” project. One of the case studies conducted in the EDPQS Phase II project explored how the “Three Cities” project benefitted from applying the EDPQS as a quality assurance mechanism. Further information about the project, including how the EDPQS were used in the “Three Cities” project, is available in the short document “From paper to practice”.

Dissemination activities have included different types of events to promote the quality standards across Sweden, including a training seminar for regional prevention coordinators in May 2015. This training seminar has since been followed up with further events.

In 2016, ANDT-coordinators (ANDT = alcohol, narcotic drugs, doping and tobacco) of the county governments in Örebro and Värmland 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 marie.montin@lansstyrelsen.se; Maude.Johansson@lansstyrelsen.se; and josefin.sejnelid@lansstyrelsen.se.

Project partners

The Social Development Unit, Social Services Administration, Stockholm (www.stockholm.se) was an Associate Partner in the EDPQS Phase II project, strengthening an informal collaboration already started in 2010. There was also an informal collaboration with other organisations active in the “Three Cities” project, in particular the City of Malmö. For further information, please see the Partnership pages.

The Public Health Agency of Sweden, although not an official EDPQS project partner, actively supported the Swedish adaptation of EDPQS, having joined the Swedish National Reference Group in 2014. The Public Health Agency plays a key role in disseminating the EDPQS-related outputs of the Three Cities project.

Main contact persons

Anders Eriksson (anders.eriksson@mailbox.tele2.se), previously at the City of Stockholm, offers lectures and counselling nationwide concerning EDPQS. Mats Glans, City of Malmö, can be reached at mats.glans@malmo.se. Both can be contacted regarding:

  • Information about the institution’s role in the EDPQS project
  • Information about EDPQS-specific activities in this country
  • Advice on how to work with the EDPQS
  • Requests for presentations on EDPQS
  • Requests to receive training on EDPQS

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

  • General information about the EDPQS
  • 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

Other quality standards and guidelines relevant to prevention

Please contact Anders Eriksson or Mats Glans (contact details above) for more information

Information up-to-date as of February 2017. Something wrong or missing? To submit an update regarding this page (e.g. changed contact details, additional activities), please contact us.