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This page contains a listing of national harm reduction guidelines in Europe, along with some international standards and guidelines. The documents, along with a download link where available, are provided.

Harm reduction guidelines in Europe
Country Name of the guideline in English — if available — and year of publishing Language and download link (if available) Interventions covered Basis of the guideline (where known)
Belgium  No information available.
Bulgaria  No information available.
Czech Republic 1. Testing infections among drug users in low threshold (2007) Download document (Czech, PDF) Prevention of drug related infectious diseases  
Denmark  No information available.
Estonia  No information available.
Germany  No information available.
Ireland  No information available.
Greece  No information available.
Spain 1. Best practice manual for drug users using emergency centres (2005) Download document (Spanish, PDF) Prevention of drug related overdose mortality  Expert consensus and evidence
France 1. Infectious risk reduction among injecting drug users (2009) Download document (French, PDF) Prevention of drug related infectious diseases  Consensus and evidence
2.Vaccination against the hepatitis B virus (2003) Download document (English, PDF) Prevention of drug related infectious diseases  
3. Prise en charge médicale des personnes infectées par le VIH (2010) Download document (French, PDF) Prevention of drug related infectious diseases  Expert consensus and evidence
4. Prise en charge des personnes infectées par les virus de l’hépatite B ou de l’hépatite C (2014) Download document (French, PDF) Prevention of drug related infectious diseases  Expert consensus and evidence
Italy 1. Harm reduction guidelines (2000) Download document (Italian, PDF) Prevention of drug and alcohol related harms  Expert consensus and evidence
Cyprus  No information available.
Latvia  No information available.
Lithuania 1. Harm reduction programmes (2006) Download document (Lithuanian, PDF) Prevention of drug related harms  
2. Methodological guidelines of outreach workers (2007) Download document (Lithuanian, PDF) Prevention of drug related harms  
3. Mobile services especially for HIV-AIDS vulnerable youth (2005) Download document (Lithuanian, PDF) Prevention of drug related infectious diseases  
Luxembourg  No information available.
Hungary 1. Professional guideline for low threshold services in the scope of the basic social care for addicts (2008) Download document (Hungarian, PDF) Prevention of drug related harms  
Malta No information available.
The Netherlands No information available.
Austria No information available.
Poland No information available.
Portugal 1. Guia para intervenção em redução de riscos e minimização de danos (2009)  Download document (Portuguese, PDF) Prevention of drug related harms  
Romania No information available.
Slovenia No information available.
Slovakia No information available.
Finland No information available.
Sweden No information available.
United Kingdom 1. Needle and syringe programmes: providing people who inject drugs with injecting equipment (2009) Download document (English, PDF) Prevention of drug related infectious diseases  Consensus and evidence
2. Guidance for the prevention, testing, treatment and management of hepatitis C in primary care (2007) Download document (English, PDF) Prevention of drug related infectious diseases  Expert consensus and evidence
3. A guide for all professionals working within an outreach setting (2009) Download document (English, PDF) Prevention of drug related harms
4. Good practice in harm reduction (2008) Download document (English, PDF) Prevention of drug related harms
5. Reducing drug-related deaths - guidance for drug-treatment providers (2004) Download document (English, PDF) Prevention of drug related overdose mortality  Expert consensus
6. Drug overdose: prevention and response - guidance for helplines (2004) Download document (English, PDF) Prevention of drug related overdose mortality
7. Guidelines for services providing injecting equipment: best practice recommendations for commissioners and injecting equipment provision (IEP) services in Scotland (Scottish Government,2010) Download document (English, PDF) Prevention of drug related infectious diseases  Consensus
8. Quick reference guide: needle and syringe programmes (2009) Download document (English, PDF) Prevention of drug related infectious diseases  Evidence
9. Needle and syringe programmes (NICE guidance 2014 - update of 2009 NSP guidelines) Download document (English, PDF) Prevention of drug related infectious diseases Expert consensus and evidence
Croatia No information available
Turkey No information available.
Norway No information available.
International 1. Policy guidelines for collaborative TB and HIV services for injecting and other drug users (WHO, 2008) Download document (English, PDF) Prevention of drug related infectious diseases  Expert consensus
2. Technical guide for countries to set targets for universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care for injecting drug users (WHO, UNODC, UNAIDS, 2009) Download document (English, PDF) Prevention of drug related infectious diseases  Consensus and evidence
3. Advocacy Guide: HIV&AIDS prevention among injecting drug users (WHO, UNAIDS, UNODC, 2004) Download document (English, PDF) Prevention of drug related infectious diseases  Expert consensus and evidence
4. Policy and programming guide for HIV&AIDS prevention and care among injecting drug users  (WHO, 2005) Download document (English, PDF) Prevention of drug related infectious diseases  Expert consensus
5. Guide to starting and managing needle and syringe programmes (WHO, UNAIDS, UNODC, 2007) Download document (English, PDF) Prevention of drug related infectious diseases  Expert consensus and evidence
6. Guidance on testing and counselling for HIV in settings attended by people who inject drugs (WHO, UNAIDS, 2009) Download document (English, PDF) Prevention of drug related infectious diseases
7. Guidelines on providing integrated outreach services (Correlation, 2007) Download document (English, PDF) Prevention of drug related harms
8. Guidelines for testing HIV, viral hepatitis and other infections in injecting drug users (EMCDDA, 2010) Download document (English, PDF) Prevention of drug related infectious diseases
9. HIV testing guidance (ECDC, 2010) Download document (English, PDF) Prevention of drug related infectious diseases
10. Data-collection protocol for specialist harm reduction agencies (Correlation, 2008) Download document (English, PDF) Prevention of drug related harms  Consensus and evidence
11. ECDC-EMCDDA joint guidance - prevention and control of infectious diseases among people who inject drugs (2011) Download document (English, PDF) Prevention of drug related infectious diseases  Expert consensus and evidence
12. Ontario needle exchange programs: best practice recommendations (2006) Download document (English, PDF) Prevention of drug related infectious diseases
13. Standards kontakt- und anlaufstellen (Info drog Suisse 2011) Download document (German, PDF) Prevention of drug related harms  
14. Role in prevention and care of HIV (UNODC, 2008) Download document (English, PDF) Prevention of drug related infectious diseases  Expert consensus and evidence
15. European Minimum Quality Standards (EQUS, 2012) Download document (English, PDF) Prevention of drug related harms
16. WHO, UNODC, UNAIDS technical guide for countries to set targets for universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care for injecting drug users (2012 revision) Download document (English, PDF) Prevention of drug related infectious diseases
17. Professional profile of the outreach worker in harm reduction (2013) Download document (English, PDF) Prevention of drug related harms Evidence
18. EASL Recommendations on Treatment of Hepatitis C (2014) Download document (English, PDF) Prevention of drug related harms Evidence
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Page last updated: Tuesday, 16 September 2014