United Kingdom

Locally known as: “European Drug Prevention Quality Standards“ (“EDPQS”)


Jeff Lee, EDPQS Phase II project manager at the Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, UK, explains why he believes quality standards in drug prevention are important

EDPQS materials available in English

Project-specific activities in this country

  • The quality standards in drug education, published by the Standing Conference on Drug Abuse (SCODA) in 1999, were used in the development of the EDPQS.
  • As part of the EDPQS Phase I and Phase II projects, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) conducted online surveys, focus groups, and pilot training in the UK.
  • Presentation of EDPQS in relevant professional fora, for example at a Mentor UK ADEPIS workshop in Liverpool, September 2013, attended by some 50 participants from education and health sectors
  • Project meetings in Liverpool (January 2009, April 2013)

Examples of EDPQS use in this country

In the UK, the EDPQS have been referred to in guidance issued by government and government advisory bodies, for example:

  • Public Health England, 2014, New psychoactive substances: A toolkit for substance misuse commissioners (download)
  • Home Office, 2014, New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) Resource pack for informal educators and practitioners (download)
  • Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), 2015, Prevention of drug and alcohol dependence: Briefing by the Recovery Committee (download)

In December 2015, Public Health England (PHE) in London facilitated a training session using the EDPQS Training Tooolkit. The session was directed at commissioners and funders. For more information, please see our blog.

The EDPQS also informed the development of the Mentor Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (ADEPIS) quality standards for effective alcohol and drug education. The EDPQS champion on this project was Andrew Brown (formerly at Mentor UK and DrugScope). More information about this project can be found in the “Example projects documents” in EDPQS Toolkit 4 and in our blog.

Project partner

The Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University (www.cph.org.uk) was the project lead for the EDPQS Phase I and Phase II projects. For further information, please see the Partnership 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 institution’s role in the EDPQS project
  • General information about the EDPQS
  • 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
  • Requests for permission to provide for-profit training on EDPQS

Other quality standards and guidelines relevant to prevention

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Information last updated January 2016. Something wrong or missing? To submit an update regarding this page (e.g. changed contact details, additional activities), please contact us.