Nowadays, civil society is playing an increasingly important role in the European Union. The involvement of Civil Society Organisations (CSO) is considered to be one of the cornerstones in the formulation and implementation of drug policies.

Meaningful civil society involvement requires specific structures and mechanism. Therefore, the European Commission (EC) established the Civil Society Forum on Drugs (CSFD) in 2006. The CSFD supports the EC in developing and implementing European drug policies, by providing inside knowledge and practical advice.