Role: To provide factual, objective, reliable and comparable information on drugs and drug addiction.
Director: Alexis Goosdeel (Belgium)(as of 1.1.2016)
Established in: 1993
Number of staff: 100
Location: Lisbon (Portugal)
The EMCDDA provides the EU and its member states with factual, objective, reliable and comparable information at European level on drugs and drug addiction and their consequences. It aims to provide evidence to inform policymaking and guide initiatives to tackle drugs.
The EMCDDA’s main decision-making body is its Management Board, which adopts its work programme and budget. It is supported by an Executive Committee and a Budget Committee.
The EMCDDA Scientific Committee advises the Board and the Director on scientific matters and works with partners to carry out risk assessments of new drugs. The EMCDDA receives the bulk of its data from the Reitox network, consisting of monitoring centres in each of the 28 EU countries, Norway, Turkey and the Commission.
The EMCDDA works on the basis of multi-annual and annual work programmes. These result from comprehensive consultations with the EMCDDA’s statutory bodies and other key stakeholders.
It collaborates with a number of EU agencies, including:
The EMCDDA and these EU agencies produce joint publications, services and initiatives. For example, the EMCDDA works with Europol and the European Medicines Agency to operate the EU Early Warning System on New Psychoactive Substances.
To remain policy-relevant, the EMCDDA is moving from an information-centred model to a service-oriented one that provides analysis tailored to the needs of the bodies it advises.