WG 4 - Working Group on Minimum Quality Standards in Drug Policy



On 14 September 2015, the Council of the European Union adopted Council conclusions on the implementation of minimum quality standards in drug demand reduction in the EU. This innovative initiative lists 16 standards that represent a minimum benchmark of quality for interventions in: drug use prevention, risk and harm reduction, treatment, social integration and rehabilitation. Although non-binding for national governments, this document represents the political will of EU countries to address demand reduction interventions through an evidence-based perspective. The CFSD’s WG 4 is dedicated to providing a civil society perspective on the adoption and implementation of these standards at a national level.



The WG is carrying out a number of activities related to this work in 2018 and 2019, notably the development of an assessment tool which can be used by stakeholders to assess the extent to which the council conclusions are being implemented in their locality, and the production of a report based on the application of the assessment tool.



  • Assessment tool
  • Report