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Proposal for updating Regulations in line with the Malta Crafts Act (Cap 613)


From: Ministry for the Economy and Industry
(Commerce Department)
​Published: ​12 April 2021
Running till: ​3 May 2021
​Last Updated: ​4 May 2021
1.        Background

  • To maintain a register of crafts, craftspersons and crafts entrepreneurs that shall be registered according to criteria which may be prescribed from time to time;
  • to affect possible expulsions and deregistration of registered craftspersons who infringe this Act;
  • to establish and maintain a voluntary certification system of craft products which are in compliance with the definition of craft provided in this Act;
  • to enforce specific regulations in relation to the Crafts Register and events organised by the Registrar, including any enforceable sanctions which would result if such regulations are not adhered to by a registered craftsperson or craftspersons;
  • to co-operate with the Malta Crafts Foundation and explore ways to jointly undertake initiatives to the benefit of local craftspersons;
  • to keep abreast with European and international developments in the field of crafts and to participate in the relevant fora as necessary;
  • to report to the appropriate authorities, possible infringements which are brought to its attention and to commission investigations, surveillance and inspections in relation to the authenticity of craft products;
  • to take and propose actions aimed at raising the standard and profile of the craft sector in Malta;
  • to contribute as necessary to the drawing up of legislation and in the formulation of a national policy on crafts;
  • to make contact and keep a compendium of Maltese living abroad who manufacture traditional Maltese handicrafts for the purpose of keeping records of these Maltese handicrafts and their method of manufacture; and
  • to undertake other tasks which may be required in relation to the crafts sector

At the same time the Malta Crafts Foundation was established with the primary purpose of  creating a steady interest, appreciation and promotion of Maltese crafts in particular and in Maltese crafts in general among all sectors of the community both resident as well as foreign; supporting and safeguarding the interests of craftspersons through the promotion of studies for the identification of raw materials, design, market research and sales programs; and promoting the revival of traditional Maltese crafts; amongst other tasks.


2.        Consultation Questions
The consultation document   outlines proposals for changes and updates to the current regulations relating to Crafts found in Subsidiary Legislation 421.01 and 421.02.    These proposals are  complemented with questions aimed at securing feedback from  relevant stakeholders

On the basis of these proposals and bearing in mind the feedback which will be submitted to this consultation document, new regulations for the registration of Crafts Persons and Entrepreneurs of Maltese Crafts with the Office of the Registrar, will be drawn up.

3.        Documents
4.        Submission of input
Submissions were sent in through the following channels:
By filling the online form.
By email:

By post:    Commerce Department
                Lascaris Bastions
                Daħlet Ġnien is-Sultan
                Valletta VLT 1933
                Att: Small Business and Crafts Unit​

Submissions were received by 3 May 2021.                               
We thank you for your input.
Please be informed that submissions will be published on the webpage of this consultation at the end of the scoping phase. The lead Ministry has sole discretion upon the publication of comments.
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·         Disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (Chapter 496)
As we are a public authority all documents we hold, including documents related to this public consultation process, may be released following a request to us under the Freedom of Information Act (Chap. 496), unless such request may be subject of an exemption arising from the same Act.


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