The Research and Standards Development Unit within the Department for Social Welfare Standards is responsible for quality assurance and the development of standards in collaboration with service providers. In general, each service provider develops its own guidelines and standards, which should be in line with the national drugs policy. Common national standards in demand reduction areas have not yet been developed in Malta.
The national focal point to the EMCDDA promotes quality assurance and best practices among drugs professionals in the country.
According to 2014 data, fewer than half of prisoners had a history of drug use prior to imprisonment and one quarter had received drug treatment