SDF CEO represents the Civil Society Forum on Drugs at EMCDDA event

The meeting discussed how minimum quality standards can be used to improve the quality of interventions, and will give rise to an EMCDDA rapid communication on the state of development of quality standards in Europe.

Scottish Drugs Forum’s CEO, David Liddell, represented the Civil Society on the Forum on Drugs at a European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) event in Lisbon, where he discussed international collaborations in quality standards.

The Civil Society Forum on Drugs, made up of 40 members, represents different stakeholders and policy opinions. Members of the Forum have drug-related activities at the core focus of their agenda, covering different aspects (e.g. treatment, prevention, social reintegration...).

The meeting, which took place on Monday the 12th of Dec, brought together experts from seven countries, discussed how minimum quality standards can be used to improve the quality of interventions, and will give rise to an EMCDDA rapid communication on the state of development of quality standards in Europe.

The purpose of the meeting was to present how the 'Council conclusions on the implementation of minimum quality standards in drug demand reduction in the EU’, adopted by the Council in September 2015, can relate to projects at national, European and international level.

The Council conclusions list 16 standards that represent a minimum benchmark of quality for interventions in: drug use prevention, risk and harm reduction, treatment, social integration and rehabilitation.

Although non-binding for national governments, the document represents the political will of EU countries to address demand reduction interventions through an evidence-based perspective.

During the meeting, representatives from Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Latvia, Slovenia, Slovakia and the UK presented their perspectives on developing such standards and discussed the commonalities and differences in national experiences. Lessons learnt in quality standards in prevention and treatments were also presented.

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