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Improving Business Inspections

This Consultation has concluded - Feedback has been published

From:                 Office of the Prime Minister
First Published: 14 September 2015
Last Updated:   17 March 2016

This consultation ended 30th October 2015.


Outcome Report Published

You may download the outcome report from here Consultation Outcome Report - Improving Business Inspections.pdf
Feedback Published 

1.        Background 

Government has issued a White Paper on Improving Business Inspections as it duly committed itself last year.
Government-sponsored inspection is the main activity to ensure compliance with legal, regulatory and governmental requirements.  Inspections protect the interests of society and the public at large. Businesses in Malta are currently subject to inspections by a range of Government departments and entities.  These bodies deal with aspects such as food safety, prices, environmental health, employment and occupational health and safety.
Over recent years, the inspection system in Malta has become overly burdensome. Inconsistencies have grown as it has developed under the control of different parts of Government. The inspection system now lacks transparency and requires modernisation. Businesses complain about too much overlap and duplication. At worst it does not provide the checks and balances needed to ensure policy is delivered in practice.  At best, it has raised standards and has ensured public safety and well being.
Our 2015 Budget Speech announced our commitment to reducing bureaucracy for businesses and to achieving greater co-ordination between inspectorates. Following the Budget Speech we conducted a review of inspection and examined international best practice in similar contexts to Malta.
The next stage is to consult stakeholders - citizens, public authorities, the business community and their representatives,  organisations, industry associations and consumer interest groups, on the way forward.
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