The advertising of medicines is regulated by the Medicines Act, 2003 and its subsidiary legislation the Medicinal Products (Advertising) Regulations, 2005 Subsidiary Legislation 458.32. The regulations stipulate/establish the different requirements for advertising to the general public and healthcare professionals.
Advertising can be presented in several forms, including:
The scope behind the regulation of advertising is to:
The control of medicines advertising in Malta, from 1 May 2004, is based on the system of self-regulation. The Medicines Authority does not evaluate advertisements prior to their publication. The Medicines Authority sets guidance which is published, monitors advertisements, assesses complaints received and evaluates any cases of possible breaches as well as providing advice to industry, health professionals, consumers and other regulatory bodies.
It is an offence for any person to breach the regulations. Should there be a breach in the advertising regulations warnings, sanctions and penalties will be enforced.
The Medicines Authority has compiled the following guidance notes
Complaints on advertised medicinal products can be made to the Medicines Authority. The complaint form must be filled in and posted to the Post-Licensing Directorate, Medicines Authority, Sir Temi Zammit Buildings, Malta Life Sciences Park, San Gwann SGN 3000. All relevant fields must be completed so that the complaint can be processed and investigated.
Further advice can be obtained from the Medicines Authority. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sir Temi Żammit Buildings,
Malta Life Sciences Park,
San Ġwann SĠN 3000
Telephone: 356 2343 9000 (from 7:30 to 15:45)
Helpline: 356 2343 9111 (from 9:00 to 12:00)
Fax: 356 2343 9161