Dr Richard Zammit
Superintendent of Public Health
The Superintendent of Public Health gives direction to the directorates falling within the Superintendence of Public Health to ensure that the regulatory functions emanating from law are properly discharged. The Superintendent of Public Health assists and advises the Ministry on the formulation of regulations and standards and ensures that regulations and standards which are promulgated by Government are implemented by both state and private service providers. It is the responsibility of the Superintendent of Public Health to monitor standards, license and inspect health care service facilities and, where necessary, enforce regulations. He is responsible for ensuring that all pulic health legislation is upheld.
Office of the Superintendent Public Health
Administration and Communications
Freedom of Information Unit
This office is responsible for the general administration of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Health as well as the transmission of media releases and notifications to the public. It also provides administrative support to the other units falling under the Superintendence.
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Directorate for Environmental Health
This Directorate is responsible for the enforcement of public health legislation as well as environmental issues. The Public Health Laboratory also falls within this directorate.
Directorate for Health Care Standards
This Directorate is responsible for the establishment and monitoring of standards to be adhered to by service providers in the primary, secondary and tertiary care sectors as well as the enforcement of legislation in relation to blood, organs, tissues and cells.
This unit is responsible for and coordinates the administrative and technical aspects of legislation, policies and guidelines regarding pharmaceutical policy on a national level. It is also responsible for the importation and export of narcotic and psychotropic drugs and the processing of requests for unlicensed medicinal products.
General Services Board
The General Services Board is appointed by the Minister on a biennial basis. The function of the Board is to determine public health issues referred to in terms the code of Police Laws (Cap 10).