Legal Notice

Important legal notice

The information on this site is subject to a disclaimer, a copyright notice and rules related to personal data protection.


The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) maintains this website as part of its goal to provide the EU and its Member States with a factual overview of European drug problems and a solid evidence base to support the drugs debate. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy and timeliness of the information presented in this site, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided here and cannot accept responsibility or liability for any consequences arising from the use of the information. Our goal is to keep this information timely and accurate. If errors are brought to our attention, we will try to correct them.

It is our goal to minimise disruption caused by technical errors. However some data or information on our site may have been created or structured in files or formats that are not error-free and we cannot guarantee that our service will not be interrupted or otherwise affected by such problems. The EMCDDA accepts no responsibility with regard to such problems incurred as a result of using this site or any linked external sites.

This disclaimer is not intended to limit the liability of the EMCDDA in contravention of any requirements laid down in applicable national law nor to exclude its liability for matters which may not be excluded under that law.

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Reproduction is authorised, provided the source is acknowledged, save where otherwise stated, and the information is not used in a misleading way.

Where prior permission must be obtained for the reproduction or use of textual and multimedia information (sound, images, software, etc.), such permission shall cancel the above-mentioned general permission and shall clearly indicate any restrictions on use.

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Personal data including 'cookies'

The European Union is committed to user privacy. The policy on 'protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions' is based on Regulation (EC) N° 45/2001 ' of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000.

Although you can browse through most of the EMCDDA website without giving any information about yourself, in some cases, personal information may be required in order to provide the e-services you request. In this respect:

  • For each specific service, a controller determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data and ensures conformity of the specific service with the privacy policy;
  • At the EMCDDA, the Data Protection Officer, dpo[a], monitors the compliance with the Regulation and advises controllers on fulfilling their obligations (more information is available on the web site of the EMCDDA DPO);
  • For all EU Institutions and Agencies, the European Data Protection Supervisor acts as an independent supervisory authority with regard to the protection of personal data.

Data subjects have the right to access their personal data and the right to rectify any data that is inaccurate or incomplete (more information is available on the web site of the EMCDDA DPO.

The EMCDDA collects information on website usage for the purpose of analysing your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. A cookie is stored on your device for this purpose. This data is not shared with any third parties and is used uniquely by the EMCDDA for the purposes stated above.

In some cases, the EMCDDA provides links to third party sites. Since we do not control them, we encourage you to review their privacy policies.

If you have any questions about the processing of your e-mail and related personal data, do not hesitate to include them in your message.

For more information regarding the use of personal data, please contact dpo[a]

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