Extension of Medicines Authority building – named after former staff member
In order to ensure the country only imported high quality medicines, the Parliamentary Secretariat for the Consumer has strengthened the Medicines Authority, which over the past two years has doubled its staff, many of them professionals in the pharmaceutical sector.
Whilst inaugurating new offices at the Malta Life Science Park in San Gwann, Parliamentary Secretary Deo Debattista said the Authority had to expand because of the continuously increasing amount of work.
Dr Debattista stated that “we are going to increase and improve the rules, and besides, we had to increase staff because of work on cannabis medicine, medical devices and even veterinary products. The fact that work is increasing is good as regards income, but also to meet the Brexit challenge, as I am sure the work will not only double but triple.”
The new offices have been named after Michael Chetcuti, one of the Medicines Authority’s workers, as the Authority had benefited for 12 years not only from his professionalism as a quality assessor, but also from his positive character. This was stated by Emma Cassar Buontempo, who had started working at the Authority at the same time as Michael.
Emma Cassar Buontempo stated that “Michael was a very jovial character, energetic and with a talent to find something positive in any situation, no matter how difficult. He was always there when needed.”
The chairman of the Medicines Authority, Professor Anthony Serracino Inglott, urged staff to appreciate each other in the peformance of their duties, and not to wait for a member’s departure in order to understand the person’s importance.