The Hungary’s National Anti-drug Strategy 2013-20 lists among its objectives the development of quality assurance mechanisms and the necessary institutional background regarding both prevention and treatment services.
The professional accreditation procedure was introduced in 2013 for health development programmes implemented in schools. According to the procedure, only those health development programmes (including drug prevention programmes) that had previously received professional approval under this procedure can be implemented in schools. The institution responsible for the coordination of the programme accreditation procedure is the NEFI. Accreditation criteria are based on structural characteristics of the facility or service and the accreditation may be acquired in the scope of a tender on the basis of legislative authorisation.
In the field of treatment and harm reduction, methodological guidelines and protocols are available to promote best practice and higher-quality services. Three protocols for the treatment of drug users have been developed, and these are updated every two years. In addition, a methodological letter has been issued by the Ministry of Health. Professional recommendations on low- threshold services for drug users have also been developed and form the basis of calls for and assessments of applications for three-year fixed state funding. Professional recommendations for harm reduction programmes operating in recreational settings and for needle and syringe programmes also exist.
Currently, there is no specific education system for the training of drug demand reduction professionals.
The professional accreditation procedure was introduced in 2013 for health development programmes implemented in schools