In Malta, the National Drugs Policy recognises the need for adequate monitoring, collection and dissemination of information, as well as the periodical evaluation of policy interventions and ongoing research and training.
The Advisory Board on Drugs and Addiction is responsible for all drug-related issues. The national focal point for drugs and drug dependency is in charge of gathering the necessary information to support drug policy and of monitoring the drugs situation and responses. Both the government and university departments play an important role in undertaking research, which is mainly funded by the public sector. Drug-related research findings are disseminated by the national focal point through regular meetings with partners, direct mailing to interested parties, the media and on the national focal point website. Drug-related studies focus primarily on prevalence, incidence and patterns of drug use.