What is the NNEF?

The National Needle Exchange Forum (NNEF) exists to actively promote and support the provision of high quality needle and syringe programmes, therefore ensuring the reduction of injecting-related harm as a key part of the English drugs strategy.

The NNEF members are needle and syringe programme staff, users and advocates from across England. The Forum meets at least once a year – these meetings are free for members to attend and include presentations from invited speakers, updates from delegates, and practical skills-sharing and discussions to promote good practice in this field.


The NNEF's aims are:

  • To identify and promote good practice in the development and delivery of needle and syringe programmes.
  • To inform policy-makers, partner agencies and the wider community about the benefits of needle and syringe programmes in order to ensure that harm reduction remains central to health policy in England.
  • To raise awareness, and promote understanding, of the role of needle and syringe programmes.
  • To establish and maintain a communication network for members of the Forum.
  • To initiate and facilitate open, informed discussion and debate.
  • To provide expert advice on issues related to needle and syringe programmes and injecting drug use.
  • To promote and develop links with relevant national and international organisations, including similar organisations in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
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