We are very pleased to welcome you to our new web site dedicated to the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (‘Prevention Standards’) provided by the Prevention Standards Partnership.
It has been nearly three years since Phase I was completed in 2010 and more than a year since the Standards were published by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). A lot of positive developments have taken place during this time, and interest in the Standards has not ceased.
You can find out more about how and why the Standards were developed in Phase I of the project. Our current Phase II of the project started in April 2013 with the aim of developing the Standards into practical toolkits to support their implementation. For this phase, the Prevention Standards Partnership has been extended to a total of 15 partners. You can find details of all partners – old and new – on the Partnership page.
This new web site provides a single point of access to all resources relating to the Standards. This includes an introduction to the Standards as well as specific resources to support use of the Standards. These pages will be particularly useful to practitioners and policy makers working in prevention. We have also got a section on the web site to highlight materials available in languages other than English, including translations of the Standards into other European languages. You can also read about examples of how the Standards are being used, and more examples will be added over the coming months.
The Standards have been presented to interested practitioners and policy makers in many countries, including Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom and the USA. They have also been presented to international networks and representatives of the EU accession states. The web site contains a list of our presentations. Last year the Standards also received an award from the American Library Association – please see the media page for more information.
The importance of quality standards is increasingly recognised all around the world, and there have been some very interesting developments both in the EU (for example the EQUS project) and in North and South America, with the Organisation of American States (OAS) and the Canadian Centre for Substance Use (CCSA) promoting the use of quality standards in their respective regions. Most recently the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) published “International Standards on Drug Use Prevention” which are especially relevant for those regions not already covered by existing quality assurance activities. You can read about these and other notable activities in our section on related projects and activities.
We hope you’ll enjoy browsing our new web site. If there is anything missing or if you would like to get in touch with us, then please contact us at any time. We look forward to hearing from you!
The Prevention Standards Partnership