Regulatory Affairs Directorate
Market Surveillance Directorate

Technical Regulations Division

By Virtue of Legal notice 190 of 2011, the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority Act, which establishes the MCCAA, came into force on 23rd May 2011. 

The setting up of the MCCAA absorbed the responsibilities previously covered under the remit of the Malta Standards Authority (MSA) which have now been assigned to two entities, namely the Technical Regulations Division and the Standards and Metrology Institute. 

The Technical Regulations Division is responsible for all legislation issued by virtue of the Product Safety Act (Cap. 427), the Pesticides Control Act (Cap. 430) and the Food Safety Act (Cap. 449).  Furthermore, the Division is the authority in Malta entrusted with the implementation of:

  • Regulation (EC) No 764/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 July 2008 laying down the procedures relating to the application of certain national technical rules to products lawfully marketed in another Member State;
  • Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 July 2008 setting out the requirements for accreditation and market surveillance relating to the marketing of products.

It is composed of two Directorates, namely:

  • Regulatory Affairs Directorate with the responsibility of the transposition and implementation of legislation and for representing various Ministries at EU Commission and (Technical Harmonization) Council Working Parties meetings in Brussels on issues dealing with Free Movement of Goods principles (as per Annex), CE Marking, Food labelling, Chemicals, Pesticides and Cosmetics.
  • Market Surveillance Directorate with the responsibility to ensure that only goods conforming to regulations are available on the market.

Applicable laws/regulations managed by the Technical Regulations Division within the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority:

  •  the Product Safety Act (Cap. 427):
  • Simple Pressure Vessels Regulations 
  • Shoes and Footwear Regulations
  • Wood in the Rough Regulations
  • Crystal Glass Regulations
  • Textile Names Regulations 
  • Detergents (Implementation) Regulations  
  • Dangerous Imitations Regulations
  • Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 
  • Asbestos Products (Labelling) Regulations 
  • Active Implantable Medical Devices Regulations
  • Construction Products Regulations 
  • Dangerous Substances (Notification) Regulations
  • Dangerous Substances (Risk Assessment) Regulations 
  • In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulations 
  • Efficiency Requirements for New Hot-Water Boilers Fired with Liquid or Gaseous Fuels Regulations 
  • Energy Efficiency Requirements for Household Electric Refrigerators, Freezers and Combinations thereof Regulations 
  • Noise Emission in the Environment by Equipment for Use Outdoors Regulations 
  • Electro-Medical Equipment Used in Veterinary Medicine Regulations 
  • Certification and Marking of Wire-Ropes, Chains and Hooks Regulations 
  • Motor Vehicles (EC Type Approval) Regulations 
  • Indication by Labelling and Standard Product Information of the Consumption of Energy and other Resources by Household Appliances Regulations 
  • Energy Efficiency Requirements for Ballasts for Fluorescent Lighting Regulations
  • Aerosol Dispensers Regulations 
  • Common Provisions for Pressure Vessels and Inspection Methods Regulations 
  • Dangerous Substances and Preparations Regulations 
  • Pressure Equipment Regulations 
  • Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 
  • Interoperability of the Trans-European High-Speed Rail System Regulations 
  • Cableway Installations Designed to Carry People Regulations 
  • Interoperability of the Trans-European Conventional Rail System Regulations 
  • Low Voltage Electrical Equipment Regulations 
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations 
  • Machinery Regulations 
  • Lifts Regulations 
  • Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 
  • Equipment and Protective Systems intended for Use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 
  • Safety of Toys Regulations 
  • Radio Equipment and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment and the Mutual Recognition of their Conformity Regulations 
  • Dangerous Substances and Preparations (Safety Data Sheets) Regulations 
  • Two or Three-Wheel Motor Vehicles (EC Type Approval) Regulations 
  • Medical Devices Regulations 
  • Method for designating Conformity Assessment Bodies Regulations 
  • Dangerous Substances and Preparations (Restrictions) Regulations 
  • Appliances Burning Gaseous Fuels Regulations
  • Electrical Accessories Regulations 
  • Geographical Indications and Designations Regulations 
  • Certificates of Specific Character Regulations 
  • Further Provisions for Product Withdrawal and Recall Regulations 
  • Restriction of Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 
  • Cosmetic Products Regulations 
  • Type Approval of Agricultural or Forestry Tractors Regulations 
  • Conformity Assessment of Marine Equipment Regulations 
  • Recreational Craft Regulations 
  • Child-Resistant and Novelty Lighters Regulations 
  • Inspection of Lifts Regulations 
  • Framework for the Setting of Ecodesign Requirements for Energy-Using Products Regulations
 
  • the Pesticides Control Act (Cap. 430):
  • Plant Protection Products Regulations 
  • Maximum Residue Levels of Pesticides in Produce of Plant Origin Regulations 
  • Biocides Regulations 
  • European Community Methods of Sampling for Official Control of Pesticide Residues in and on Products of Plant and Animal Origin Regulations 
  • Maximum Residue Levels of Pesticides in Produce of Animal Origin Regulations 
  • Activities concerning the Professional Use of Toxic Products Rules 

 

  • the Food Safety Act (Cap. 449):
  • Canned Food Regulations
  • Sale of Pasteurized Milk Regulations
  • Labelling of Dried Beans Regulations
  • Additives in Food Regulations
  • Use of Colour in Foodstuffs Regulations
  • Nutrition Labelling for Foodstuffs Regulations
  • Flavourings for Use in Foodstuffs and Source Materials for their Production Regulations
  • Foods Intended for Use in Energy-Restricted Diets for Weight Reduction Regulations
  • Extraction Solvents for Foodstuffs Regulations
  • Erucic Acid Regulations
  • Irradiation of Food Regulations
  • Dietary Foods for Special Medical Purposes Regulations
  • Casein and Caseinates Regulations
  • Quick-Frozen Food Regulations
  • Edible Fats and Oils Regulations
  • Materials in Contact with Foodstuffs Regulations
  • Food Supplements Regulations
  • Quality of Water Intended for Human Consumption Regulations
  • Kava-Kava Regulations
  • Honey Regulations
  • Sugar for Human Consumption Regulations
  • Preserved Milk Regulations
  • Fruit Jams and Similar Products Regulations
  • Fruit Juices and Similar Products Regulations
  • Natural Mineral Waters Regulations
  • Labelling, Presentation and Advertising of Foodstuffs Regulations
  • Contaminants in Food (Sampling and Analysis Methods) Regulations
  • Sweeteners for Use in Foodstuffs Regulations
  • Permitted Food Additives Regulations
  • Coffee and Chicory Extracts Regulations
  • Cocoa and Chocolate Products Regulations
  • Processed Cereal-Based Foods and Other Foods for Infants and Young Children Regulations
  • Infant Formulae and Follow-on Formulae Regulations

  

  • Other EU Regulations (directly applicable):
  • REACH Regulation
  • Detergents Regulation
  • Addition of vitamins and minerals and of certain other substances to foods
  • Food Contaminants
  • Methods of sampling and analysis for the official control of certain contaminants in foodstuffs
  • Regulation (EC) No 1830/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 September 2003 concerning the traceability and labelling of genetically modified organisms and the traceability of food and feed products produced from genetically modified organisms and amending Directive 2001/18/EC
  • Novel Foods
  • Nutrition and health claims made on foods
  • Addition of vitamins and minerals and of certain other substances to foods
  • Food enzymes