Manual: Set of standards to improve the health and safety of recreational nightlife venues


IREFREA – European Institute of Studies on Prevention has produced the manual as a result of the evaluation of a set of standards prepared as part of the Club Health project (co-financed by the European Commission under the Health Programme 2008-2013) to ensure adequate health and safety in recreational nightlife venues. (click here for the full document)

To ensure good health and safety in recreational nightlife contexts it is necessary to intervene on the

processes that determine the appearance of risks. Therefore it is imperative to know and effectively appraise the factors and mechanisms that can aggravate or reduce them. Effective measures can result in the health and safety risks of venues’ settings being minimised and the successful promotion of patrons’ well-being. However, ensuring that nightlife contexts incorporate adequate health and safety criteria requires the harmonization of many actors and needs. Therefore enhanced coordination between agencies at a European, national and local level, and between the public and private sectors, is much needed.

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EQUS drug demand reduction standards: project documentation available online


The EU Action Plan on Drugs (2009-2012) requested that the European Commission propose an EU consensus of minimum quality standards in the field drug demand reduction. The contracted Research Institute for Public Health and Addiction (ISGF) at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, has now published the documentation of the resulting EC co-funded “Study on the Development of an EU Framework for minimum quality standards and benchmarks in drug demand reduction”. The documentation includes a list of proposed quality standards for the areas of drug prevention, treatment and rehabilitation, and harm reduction (known as the EQUS standards). The prevention strand of the EQUS standards is based on the European drug prevention quality standards which were published by the EMCDDA in 2011 (see below on this page). The EQUS standards will underpin the work of the the European Commission regarding a proposal for an EU consensus on minimum quality standards, now planned for 2013.

Further details on the EQUS project can be found on the ISGF project website (see the executive summary) for the list of EQUS standards).

European drug prevention quality standards


The European drug prevention quality standards, developed by a multi-disciplinary team of experts (Prevention Standards Partnership) with co-financing from the European Commission, provide the first European framework on high quality drug prevention. The standards outline the necessary steps in planning, implementing and evaluating drug prevention activities. Drug prevention work in line with the standards is characterised by an evidence-based approach, internal coherence, and an orientation towards both policy and the target population.


The standards have been published in the EMCDDA’s Manuals series as European drug prevention quality standards: a manual for prevention professionals. The Manual presents the standards along an eight-stage project cycle that covers: needs assessment; resource assessment; programme formulation; intervention design; management and mobilisation of resources; delivery and monitoring; final evaluations; and dissemination and improvement; as well as standards on: sustainability and funding; communication and stakeholder involvement; staff development; and ethical drug prevention. The manual was launched on 9th December 2011 at the EUSPR conference hosted by the EMCDDA in Lisbon.


More information about the standards can be found on the respective project website and the EMCDDA website.

Project websiteEMCDDA website

Second EUSPR Conference and Members’ Meeting, 8-9 December 2011, Lisbon, Portugal


 “Synergy in prevention and health promotion: individual, community, and environmental approaches”

Leaflet (includes the programme)

Prevention is a “hard” problem. We cannot just give out medicines to change behavior, and simple approaches on their own are unlikely to be sufficient. Lifestyle behaviors most relevant for health, such as eating choices or physical activity, cannot be changed just with a single intervention, however “effective” it may be.

This implies that effective strategies for prevention of most common risk behaviors must be based on a broad spectrum of interventions, targeted to both environment and individuals, and including structural changes and changes in social norms. For example, health education interventions to prevent obesity are likely to have maximal effectiveness in environments where unhealthy foods have high level of taxation, bike lanes are widespread, and restaurants and catering companies highlight healthy food choices.

Likewise, school-based interventions to prevent smoking onset should be provided together with the implementation of school policies against tobacco, delivery of tobacco-free homes programmes, bans in public places, and restriction of smoking in the media and film. In other words, changing health-related behaviors requires complex and synergistic strategies.

While there is a sufficient knowledge about the effects of some health education programs and school-based interventions, our understanding of how interventions brought at the level of the environment might work is poor. In order to fill this gap, the scientific evaluation of environmental interventions, as well as of complex community interventions should become a priority. But this raises several methodological questions, from the task of disentangling the effect of single components to that of summarizing and decontextualizing results.

In its 2nd International Conference the European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR) offers this as a hot topic for the progression of prevention science.


Please see the poster list for the titles and presenters of the posters at the conference.

EUSPR Members can download selected Keynote, Parallel Session, and Poster presentations at the following links:

Speaker Presentations Poster Presentations

Members’ Meeting

The Minutes and Agenda for the Members’ Meeting can be downloaded by EUSPR Members at the following link:

Members’ Meeting

Note to attendants: Perhaps you attended our Lisbon conference but are not yet a member of the EUSPR. If so, we would encourage you to register as a member. Registration will ensure that, amongst other benefits, you receive our latest announcements and access to the conference presentations from all EUSPR conferences (please see each conference page for details of the presentations that are available for Members to download)

Standards of Knowledge


The US-American counterpart of the EUSPR, the Society for Prevention Research (SPR), appointed a task group to define prevention science and the type of research that falls within this definition, as well as prepare a document that begins to outline specific training needs for new prevention researchers.  The Standards of Knowledge for the Science of Prevention (click here for full document) developed by this task group puts forth a set of shared standards for training that is comprehensive and relevant both to prevention researchers and prevention practitioners. It is hoped that this document will facilitate a greater understanding of prevention science and aid in the training of prevention researchers.

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First EUSPR Conference and Members’ Meeting, 10-11 November 2010, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The first EUSPR conference / members’ meeting took place as a pre-conference session during the European Public Health Conference in Amsterdam on 10-11 November 2010.
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1st European Society for Prevention Research Conference and Members’ Meeting

The historical first EUSPR conference / members’ meeting took place as a pre-conference session on 10/11 November 2010 during the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) Conference in Amsterdam. Its aim was to bring together researchers from both Europe and the USA, in order to highlight pioneer experiences on the development and evaluation of prevention projects targeting widespread determinants of health inequalities. The conference also represented the occasion for the formal constitution of the EUSPR. Therefore, during the second day the discussion focussed on the EUSPR mission, membership, future actions and alliances, but also issues of organization and administration. The conference was sponsored by the Mentor Foundation.

Download conference leaflet (inc programme)

Conference Reports:

Reflections on the EUSPR meeting by EUSPR member Andrew Brown, Mentor UK (


Selected presentations, and the summary reports of the workshops are available to EUSPR members:

Selected Presentations

The presentations available to EUSPR Members are:

  • Mike Kelly, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, UK: “Can prevention based on behavioural change reduce social inequalities?”
  • Zili Sloboda, JBS International, North Bethesda, USA – US SPR Former President: “Prevention Science, the Role of Theory, and the Society for Prevention Research”
  • Farida Allaghi, Director of Mentor Arabia and Trustee of Mentor International: “Prevention, Opportunity and Protection”
  • Rosaria Galanti – on behalf of the EUSPR interim Board, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden: “EUSPR ‘on the road’ – Misson, Organisation, Statue and Membership”

Members’ Meeting Papers

The presentation by Rosaria Galanti discusses the future of the EUSPR and can be downloaded by EUSPR Members’ at the above link for conference presentations, or at the following link which contains meeting papers from all Members’ Meetings.

Members’ Meeting

Note to attendants: Perhaps you attended our Amsterdam conference but are not yet a member of the EUSPR. If so, we would encourage you to register as a member. Registration will ensure that, amongst other benefits, you receive our latest announcements and access to the conference presentations from all EUSPR conferences (please see each conference page for details of the presentations that are available for Members to download)