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Standards and guidelines for practices

This page contains a listing of national drug prevention guidelines and standards in Europe. The title, the methodological basis and the types of treatment covered by each guideline are provided, along with a download link where available.

European-wide quality standards are included in the ‘International’ section of this inventory.

Prevention guidelines and standards 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. Standards for universal and selective prevention programmes (2009) Download document (Czech, English) Prevention standards  Evidence
2. Standards for secondary and tertiary prevention programmes (2005) Download document (Czech) Prevention standards  
Denmark 1. Forebyggelse i festmiljøer – om alkohol og stoffer (2005) Download document (Danish) Prevention guidelines  
2. Vejledning for modelkommunerne i narkoen ud af byen (2005) Download document (Danish) Prevention guidelines  
Estonia No information available
Germany 1. QIP - Qualität in der Prävention Download document (German) Prevention, health promotion and education  Expert consensus, evidence review
Ireland 1. Manual in quality standards in substance use education (2007) English Education  Review of existing standards, literature review, focus groups
Greece No information available
Spain 1. Quality criteria for prevention programmes (Galicia) Download documents (English, 1 and 2) Prevention standards  Literature review, expert consultation
France No information available
Italy 1. Recommendations for the planning and assessment of prevention initiatives Download document (English) Prevention standards  Evidence
Cyprus No information available
Latvia No information available
Lithuania 1. Psychoactive substances abuse prevention project evaluation form Download document (Lithuanian, English) Prevention standards  Expert working group
2. Kaip vertinti prevencijos efektyvumà? (2007) Download document (Lithuanian) Prevention guidelines  
Luxembourg No information available
Hungary No information available
Malta No information available
The Netherlands No information available
Austria 1. Qualitätsstandards für suchtprävention in der schule (Quality standards for addiction prevention in the school setting) (2003) Download document (German) Prevention standards  
2. Förderrichtlinien der sucht- und drogenkoordination Wien gemeinnützige GmbH (SDW) (2008) Download document (German)    
3. Peer-education in der primären suchtprävention - einige richtlinien Download document (German) Prevention standards  
4. Synthesis of evidence in health promotion (Part 1 - Manual for experts) & Searching for evidence in health promotion (Part 2 - Short guide for practitioners) (2013) Download document (German, PDF; 1 - Manual for experts & 2 - Guide for practitioners)  
Poland 1. Draft recommendation system for prevention and mental health promotion programmes (2008) Download document (Polish, English) Prevention standards Review of existing standards, literature review, expert working group
Portugal 1. Quality criteria for the Focalised Intervention Programme (PIF) Download document (Portuguese, English) Standards for selective preventive interventions Review of existing standards, literature review, expert working group
Romania 1. Quality standards for school-based prevention programs approval (2006) Download document (English) Universal school-based prevention standards Institutional consensus
Slovenia 1. Guidelines and recommendations for school-based prevention (2012) Download document (Slovenian, English) Universal school-based prevention guidelines Institutional consensus
Slovakia No information available
Finland 1. Handbook on prevention standards (2006) Download document (English)    Expert working group
Sweden No information available
United Kingdom 1. Community-based interventions to reduce substance misuse among vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people (2007) Download document (English) Prevention guidelines  Evidence and consensus
2. Specific interventions to support attitude and behaviour change at population and community levels (2007) Download document (English) Prevention guidelines
3. School-based interventions to prevent the uptake of smoking among children (2010) Download document (English) Prevention guidelines
4. Interventions in schools to prevent and reduce alcohol use among children and young people (2007) Download document (English) Prevention guidelines
5. Guidance on preventing the uptake of smoking by children and young people (2008) Download document (English) Prevention guidelines
6. The right approach: quality standards in drug education (1999) Download document (English) Prevention standards
Croatia No information available
Turkey No information available
Norway No information available
International 1. European drug prevention quality standards (EMCDDA, Prevention Standards Partnership, 2011) Download document (English) Prevention standards   Review of existing standards (EU, internationally), expert consultations (including practitioners, policy makers, academics)
2. Building on our strengths: Canadian standards for school-based youth substance abuse prevention, version 2.0 (Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse, 2010) Download document (English) Prevention standards  Literature review, expert working group, end user consultation
3. Canadian standards for community-based youth substance abuse prevention (Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse, 2010) Download document (English) Prevention standards  Literature review, expert working group, end user consultation
4. Canadian guideline for family skills programs to prevent youth substance abuse (2011) Download document (English) Prevention guidelines  Evidence and consensus
5. Preventing drug use among children and adolescents: a research-based guide for parents, educators, and community leaders (NIDA, 2001) Download document (English) Prevention guidelines  Literature review, research studies
6. Achieving outcomes: a practitioner's guide to effective prevention (CSAP/SAMHSA, 2002) Download document (English) Prevention guidelines  Evidence and consensus
7. Drug abuse prevention among youth from ethnic and indigenous minorities (UNODC, 2004) Download document (English) Prevention guidelines  Literature review, end user consultation (including young people)
8. Guide to implementing family skills training programmes for drug abuse prevention (UNODC, 2009) Download document (English) Prevention standards and guidelines  Literature review, review of programme, expert consultation
9. Standards of evidence, criteria for efficacy, effectiveness and dissemination (2004) Download document (English) Prevention standards  Evidence and expert consensus
10. Set of standards to improve the health and safety of recreational nightlife venues (IREFREA, 2012) Download documents (EN, Fact sheet and Manual; Manual in: FR; CS; EL; IT; DE; HU; SL; NL; RO; PT; ES Prevention of drug related harms in recreational settings  Consensus
11. Handbook healthy nightlife toolbox, how to create a healthy & safe nightlife (2010) Download document (English) Prevention of drug related harms in recreational settings  Evidence
12. European Minimum Quality Standards (EQUS, 2012) Download document (English) Prevention standards Evidence and consensus
13. Prevention standards (UNODC, 2013) Download document (English) Prevention standards
14. Safer Nightlife Labels and Charters, Good Practice Standards (NEWIP, 2012) Download document (English) Prevention standards  
15. Drug Checking service, Good Practice Standards (NEWIP, 2012) Download document (English) Prevention standards  
16. Peer education in nightlife settings, Good Practice Standards (NEWIP, 2012) Download document (English) Prevention standards  

Background information

The guidelines were collected within the framework of the EC project on European standards in evidence for drug prevention under the Programme of Community Action in the field of Public Health (2003-2008). The project lead was Liverpool John Moores University, UK, with associate partners from Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania and Spain. The project started in September 2008 and finished in November 2010. A second phase began in April 2013 entitled “Promoting Excellence in Drug Prevention in the EU – Phase II of the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards Project” and is a 2 year initiative of the Partnership that will report in May 2015. The project is co-funded by the European Union under the European Commission’s DG Justice “Drug Prevention and Information Programme” (DPIP). Further information can be found on the project website: www.prevention-standards.eu.

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