On 25 October, an EMCDDA team met with members of the Panamanian National Commission for the Study and Prevention of Drug-Related Crimes (CONAPRED) in Panana City. The meeting, organised under the COPOLAD III project, focused on the Panamanian early-warning system and NPS situation and on strengthening national capacity to detect NPS. The EMCDDA became an official partner of COPOLAD III in July 2022. Among others, the project will help strengthen the technical capacity and institutional role of National Drug Observatories, including national EWS. COPOLAD III promotes dialogue and bi-regional cooperation on drug policy between the EU and Latin American and Caribbean countries.