It was with great sadness that the EMCDDA learned this morning of the sudden passing of Prof. Dr. Brice De Ruyver at the age of 62. Professor in criminal law, criminal justice policy and drug policy at Ghent University (Belgium), Professor De Ruyver provided valuable support to the scientific work of the EMCDDA for over a decade, particularly in the areas of supply, supply reduction and drug policy. He also coordinated many drug-related research projects, authored countless scientific publications and was regularly cited by the media and policymakers on security issues. In May 2017, he was awarded with a medal commemorating 15 years of service to the EMCDDA Scientific Committee. The EMCDDA Director and staff send their condolences to his family and friends.