The promotion of effectiveness and best practices are emphasised in the Hellenic policy documents, while the development of national guidelines in the field was foreseen in the last law relating to drugs, enacted in 2013.
There is no formal and uniform quality assurance system for drug demand interventions at the national level. Each of the main drug demand reduction organisations has developed its own system to assure and enhance the quality of its services. Accreditation and/or certification are not prerequisites for any professionals, services or drug demand reduction programmes in Greece.
There are specifications and criteria for the operation of Prevention Centres and certain standards on the basis of which the Prevention Centres prepare their three- year activity plans. In 2011, the handbook entitled Drug Prevention: Guidelines and Intervention Planning was issued, which should assist prevention professionals in planning and evaluating their interventions. In-depth evaluations of prevention programmes remain rare.
Each specialised therapeutic agency has developed its operational framework to assure and enhance the quality of its services. In 2013, a new operational framework for the OST programme was published.
The OKANA Training and Supervision Centre provides seminars for practitioners and other groups (e.g. officers of the armed forces, journalists, members of sport associations, etc.) and has developed a training curriculum for this purpose.
In Greece, each of the main drug demand reduction organisations has developed its own quality assurance system to assure and enhance the quality of its services