The Health Inspectorate forms part of the Environmental
Health Directorate within the Public Health Regulatory Division of the Ministry for Energy and Health. Environmental Health Officers are responsible to
safeguard and protect human health.
This is carried out by:
Ensuring that food produced, distributed,
marketed and consumed by humans meets the highest possible standards of food
safety and hygiene. This is done under the direction of the Food Safety
Commission in collaboration with the other key players in the official control
of foodstuffs in Malta as laid down by the Food Safety Act, 2002. (Act XIV of
2002; Chapter 449).
- Carrying out environmental health policies
emanating from the Public Health Act, 2003. (Act XIII of 2003; Chapter 465).
- Participating in ‘health protection
issues’ as may be directed from time to time by the Director General (Health)
through the Director Environmental Health and the Manager Health Inspector.
The above may be supplemented
by the formulation of guidelines to assist the Health Inspectorate in the
execution of its duties.
To view the structure of the Health Inspectorate Services
The main services offered by
the Health Inspectorate are governed by a Quality Service Charter, that came
into being in October 2001. Environmental Health Officers are registered with the Council for the
Professions Complimentary to Medicine and a Code of Practise assists said
officers in the way they execute their profession.
The several units within the Health Inspectorate Services are committed
Public Health issues
incidence of communicable diseases and health hazards
wholesomeness of food products
quality of drinking and recreational water
importation and exportation of foodstuffs
proper interment and repatriation of human remains
control cards with respect to narcotic and psychotropic drugs
recommendations to licensing authorities and issue of licenses pertaining to the
Superintendent of Public Health