National Focal Point

About the National Focal Point
 
The Malta National Focal Point for Drugs and Drug Addiction is an administrative unit which reports to the National Commission on the Abuse of Drugs, Alcohol and Other Dependencies.
 
The model for the operation of the National Focal Point is based on the concept of the Integrated Drug Information System, as promoted by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime and amended by the Pompidou Group in the context of its Local Monitor Project, and the views on the organisation of supporting functions for drug policy, promoted by the Pompidou Group. Based on this model the National Focal Point is primarily perceived as a coordinating agent of national data providers and data users responsible for the organisation and maintenance of supporting functions for the Maltese drug policy. Acknowledging this primary role of the National Focal Point, concrete tasks of the National Focal Point are defined in compliance with the demands of the EU Community Acquis.
 
The role of the National Focal Point involves:
 
  • organising, coordinating and maintaining an Information Network, Interpretation Network and Research Network with respect to the drug situation and responses in Malta; collating, verifying and analysing data about the drug situation and responses in Malta and compilation of an integrated Annual National Report according to the guidelines of the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction;
  • implementing the EU Joint Action Plan on new Synthetic Drugs, in cooperation with the Europol National Unit of the Malta Police Force;
  • reporting about the national drug situation and responses in the framework of the Annual Reports Questionnaire and Biennial Questionnaire of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime;
  • participating in the REITOX Network of the National Focal Points of the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction;
  • participating in the activities of other international organisations in the drug field (such as the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe etc), as requested by the Government of Malta;
  • organising of training on data collection and data collection methodology for members of the Information Network.
 
    In order to fulfil its tasks, the National Focal Point requires and avails itself of the structural and administrative
    support of the Ministry of Education, Employment  and related Ministries, namely the Ministry for Justice,