PRESS RELEASE BY THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIAT FOR CONSUMER RIGHTS, PUBLIC CLEANSING AND SUPPORT FOR THE CAPITAL CITY

Protecting children’s health by ensuring the safe development and availability of effective medicines is fundamental to make the world a better place for future generations

Protecting children’s health by ensuring the safe development and availability of effective medicines is fundamental to make the world a better place for future generations, said Parliamentary Secretary for Consumer Rights, Public Cleansing and Support for the Capital City Deo Debattista while addressing the European Medicines Agency biannual strategic review and learning meeting of the Paediatric Committee, which is being held in Malta under the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

The Malta Medicines Authority fosters scientific excellence in the field of the regulatory sciences through its mission to protect human health by safeguarding the quality, safety and efficacy of medicines for patients in the European framework. Parliamentary Secretary Debattista said that, Since 2007, Malta has regularly been represented at the monthly Paediatric Committee meetings at the European Medicines Agency and actively participating as Rapporteur or Peer reviewer in more than 240 procedures concerning scientific opinions on paediatric investigation plans and development plans for medicines for use in children.

The success of the Malta Medicines Authority is attributed to the motivated professional employees that operate in a proactive environment to meet with advances in the regulatory sciences, stakeholder needs and local and European regulatory requirements. The Malta Medicines Authority invests heavily in training and development. The Fellowship programme offered in collaboration with the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Malta encourages professionals to further their studies to Master and Doctorate levels. The expertise attained from these scientific endeavours provides a solid foundation that strengthens the knowledge-based approach adopted to respond to challenges and developments in the dynamic environment of the scientific regulatory sciences.

Parliamentary Secretary Debattista concluded by saying that noteworthy endeavours are planned for the Malta Medicines Authority including the development of an Academia for the regulatory sciences. The European competent authorities and scientific groups are invited to collaborate.

Source: Government of Malta