Regulation of Advertising of Medicines



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:

  • medical journals – scientific/professional/medical
  • magazines
  • newspapers
  • television advertisements
  • internet advertising
  • posters.

The scope behind the regulation of advertising is to:

  • encourage the rational use of the medicines, by presenting it objectively and without exaggerating its properties;
  • ensuring that they are honestly promoted with regards to their benefits by complying with the particulars listed in the summary of product characteristics of the medicine; and
  • not be misleading.

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.

Medicines Authority Guidance Notes

The Medicines Authority has compiled the following guidance notes.

Complaints procedure

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 Żammit Buildings, Malta Life Sciences Park, San Ġwann SĠN 3000


Fill in the online form, print it, sign it, and send it via email to: All relevant fields must be completed so that the complaint can be processed and investigated. 


Further information

Further advice can be obtained by contacting the Medicines Authority via email on:



The Malta Medicines Authority thanks you for the time taken to visit our website. We kindly invite your anonymous feedback on your experience with this webpage. Feedback may be given through our online form.

This document was edited with the instant web content composer. Use the online HTML editor tools to convert the documents for your website.