The aim of the EPACTT Project (EuroPean Accreditation Curriculum on Tobacco Treatment project) is to train and certify professionals in Eastern Europe (with a focus on Romania, Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine and Russia) , who successfully complete the courses along with the guidelines training. The professionals are then considered as competent in smoking cessation and knowledgeable of cutting edge issues in tobacco control.
The aim is to create and mobilize a network of healthcare professionals and organizations, dedicated to advancing evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment and advocating for effective tobacco control policy, resting on the three following pillars.
- Increase the number of healthcare professionals committed to treating tobacco dependence: The project will set up a formal training and accreditation course for healthcare professionals based on best practices of tobacco treatment and policy.
- Promote collaborations across multiple countries and regions: This project will support expansion with the European Network on Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP). ENSP is the only pan-European network, which is truly active in tobacco control and constitutes the key grassroots organization in implementing the WHO-Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) at a European level. This extensive Network with members in over 30 European countries will be utilized.
- Building on existing infrastructure: The current project is a logical follow up of the ENSP-ESCG Project. Through the ENSP-ESCG project, a group of ENSP Smoking Cessation Specialists prepared the European Guidelines for Smoking Cessation with Quality Standards included. These Guidelines (offered in English, Russian, Turkish and Romanian) are available online for free. (http://www.ensp.org/escg)
- The current project is part of the broader ENSP strategy to reduce tobacco consumption by developing common actions for organizations that are active in smoking prevention and tobacco control in Europe. Part of this strategy is the involvement of health professionals, who offer smoking cessation services in all European countries.