Malta Country Drug Report 2019

Quality assurance

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, although the national focal point provides training opportunities for professionals and other stakeholders at the national level. In addition, Malta is considering a recent report from the National Audit Office that suggests ways for the improvement of quality of services.

The national focal point to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction promotes quality assurance and best practices among drug professionals in the country.

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Methodological note: Analysis of trends is based only on those countries providing sufficient data to describe changes over the period specified. The reader should also be aware that monitoring patterns and trends in a hidden and stigmatised behaviour like drug use is both practically and methodologically challenging. For this reason, multiple sources of data are used for the purposes of analysis in this report. Caution is therefore required in interpretation, in particular when countries are compared on any single measure. Detailed information on methodology and caveats and comments on the limitations in the information set available can be found in the EMCDDA Statistical Bulletin.