On October 17th, 2016, the head of the Malta Medicines Authority, Serracino Inglott, announced that the sale of EC pills will be allowed without a prescription. According to an article from Times of Malta:
“The authority has always based its decisions on three things; quality, safety of patients and efficacy. By asking patients to go to doctors to get their hands on the contraceptive, you are compromising efficacy,” [Inglott] said. The authority head also insisted that the parliamentary committee failed to take into consideration that Malta’s pharmacists not only have the necessary skills to be able to give the MAP [morning after pill] but they also rank among Europe’s best pharmacists in patient-centered care.
This decision comes shortly after a Parliament Committee recommended to permit the sale of EC pills only with a prescription and to allow doctors to refuse prescribing EC on the basis of conscious objection.