International Standards for Diabetes Education

"Every person with diabetes, no matter where they live in the world, deserves access to high quality education delivered by skilled clinicians" 

Marg McGill (former Chair IDF DECS, 2000-2009)

The International Standards for Diabetes Education are intended to be used by health professionals, as a basis to provide diabetes self-management education (DSME) and diabetes self-management support(DSMS) for people with diabetes. 

The standards were first published in 1997, revised in 2003 and again in 2009. They were updated to reflect evolving practice in the field.

International Standards coverThis edition is based on:

  • recent evidence in diabetes education;
  • recent evidence in behavioural and psychosocial literature;
  • comments and feedback from diabetes educators from both developing and developed countries about their experiences with the standards and;
  • published standards for diabetes education from around the world.

As a result, the International Diabetes Federation Diabetes Education Consultative Section (DECS) is confident these standards reflect the current understanding and practice of diabetes self-management education and on-going support.

Where to order the Standards:

Available for download in the following languages:

Arabic - Chinese - English - French - Russian - Spanish - Turkish

or in print from the IDF online shop.

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