Quality assurance in Denmark 2017

Denmark Country Drug Report 2017

Quality assurance

The Act on Social Services and the Health Act set the main quality assurance-related objectives for medical and social treatment for drug use.

The general promotion of the quality assurance of medical services is the responsibility of the Danish Health Authority. At a state level, the Danish Health Authority’s mission includes supporting the municipalities’ prevention interventions by providing informative material of all kinds and by initiating projects. It oversees and communicates overall guidelines for the intervention work of the municipalities.

In 2012-13, prevention packages for the municipalities on alcohol, drug use among young people, mental health and tobacco were published. The prevention packages provide guidelines to the municipalities on evidence- and research- based prevention initiatives for universal, selected and indicated prevention. The publication ‘Drugs out of town’ provides further guidance to schools on how to formulate alcohol and drug preventative policies in schools, enhance cross-sectoral cooperation between schools, administration and the police and deliver evidence-based interventions.

Efforts to carry out quality assurance for and development of OST in Denmark led to the publication of guidelines for the medical treatment of drug users in OST in 2016.

With regards to the social treatment of drug users, the National Board of Social Services works to obtain the best knowledge available of effective methods and practice within the field of social work, including the social treatment of drug use, and to disseminate and implement these methods and practices throughout the social drug use treatment system. All providers of social services that are covered by the Act on Social Supervision are approved by the social supervisory authorities. All primary drug treatment programmes under the Prison and Probation Service are also subject to an accreditation process.

There are no specific education systems for professionals working in the field of demand reduction. However, Aarhus University offers a European Master of Drug and Alcohol Studies in cooperation with Avogadro University. This master’s programme is aimed at professionals working in the field of demand reduction and offers a theoretical and knowledge-based perspective on interventions, policies, evaluations, etc., in the field

All providers of social services covered by the Act on Social Supervision are approved by the social supervisory authorities. All primary drug treatment programmes under the Prison and Probation Service are also subject to an accreditation process


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