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The European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR) is scientific society which was established in order to promote evidence-based prevention to tackle determinants of disease and ill-health, which is not paralleled by investment in human resources and education.

EUSPR will advance the science base of environmental, universal, selective and indicated prevention aimed at improving human health and well-being and addressing health inequalities.

EUSPR aims to achieve its goals through:

  • cross-disciplinary networks of scientists;
  • policy makers and practitioners;
  • methodology development;
  • promotion of higher education and career development in prevention;
  • implementation research.




The Science for Prevention Academic Network (SPAN) consortium comprises of a network of prevention scientists and educators across Europe. 

SPAN aims to:

  • Improve the integration of Prevention Science degree/quality assurance standards, methods and approaches in the European Higher Education Sector in such a way that improves the quality and increases the volume of staff and student mobility across Europe. 
  • Share Best Practice and facilitate the development of innovative practices in Prevention Science education and training. 
  • Support the development of innovative ICT-based content, services, pedagogies and practice for lifelong learning in Prevention Science.

Upon completion of planned actions for quality control in the participating institutions, the project will produce a pan-European Prevention Science ECTS framework. Expected date 2016.




The European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (EDPQS) provide the first European framework on delivering high quality drug prevention. Organised in an eight-stage project cycle, EDPQS outline the necessary steps in planning, implementing and evaluating drug prevention activities.

The aim of this work is to provide guidance and support to those working in the European drug prevention community and to promote awareness and application of high quality policy and practice.

The DSPQS were completed in 2010 (Phase I) and published as the EMCDDA Manual.

The objective of Phase II is to develop practical tools and training which will facilitate the integration and implementation of the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards. Phase II of the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (EDPQS) project formally ended on 31st March 2015. 

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