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EU consensus on minimum quality standards

Date: 15/06/2011

Building an EU Consensus for minimum quality standards in the prevention, treatment and harm reduction of Illicit Drugs

15-17 June 2011, Brussels

Improving the quality and effectiveness of interventions and services in the field of prevention, treatment, harm reduction, rehabilitation and social reintegration is a priority under the EU Drugs Strategy.

To achieve this important goal, EU governments agreed, in the EU Drugs Action Plan 2009-2012, to develop a European consensus on minimum quality standards and benchmarks in the field of drug demand reduction and put in place a common reference framework.

Quality standards are determined by different stakeholders at local, regional and national level: policy-makers, health authorities, service providers, professionals and client needs.

A range of national quality standards and good practice guidelines are in place across the European Union. Which of those standards could help improve the general quality of prevention programmes, treatment and harm reduction services across the EU?

The development of minimum quality standards at the EU level will need to take account of the national differences in terms of drug use and drug problems in the EU, the differences in the organisation and structure of government and health care systems as well as cultural and socio-economic factors.

Building a consensus in consultation with stakeholders will be key to the success towards building a European framework for minimum quality standards in the field of drug demand reduction.

This conference, hosted by the European Commission in association with the Hungarian Presidency of the EU, brought together policy-makers, practitioners, NGOs and researchers in the fields of drug prevention, treatment and harm reduction who discussed the preliminary findings of a Commission study carried out by the Swiss Research Institute for Public Health and Addiction at Zürich University (ISGF) in collaboration with European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). 

Speeches

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Plenary Session

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Parallel Session A

Prevention

Treatment & Rehabilitation

Harm reduction

Plenary Session

Friday, 17 June 2011

Parallel Session B

Quality Standards - Policy Perspectives

Treatment & Hr Standards - Practitioner Perspectives

Prevention Standards - Practitioner Perspectives

Plenary Session

Background documents

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