Registration in the Malta Official Register

Registration in the Malta Official Register

The state registration of professional operators involved in activities related to the propagation, growing, trading, import, production, warehousing, dispatching, and treatment of plants, plant products and propagation materials, is one of the core functions of the Plant Protection Directorate in its mission to exert control over the market of production and trade in plant materials, and to ensure a fair and level market, by imposing regulatory conditions on business operators that minimise the business risks of licenced operators, and safeguarding the interests of consumers buying goods and services from licenced operators.

The main aim of this service is to evaluate the competence and capacity of individuals or entities who wish to engage in any of the commercial activities that are regulated by virtue of their impact on the health and quality of plants and plant materials.

As a result of this service, professional operators are included in the Malta Official Register, and are given a certificate of compliance following a successful inspection that serves as a licence to engage in the various activities. That may be authorised, if applicable, to issue Plant Passports and replacement Passports; and to treat wood packaging material according to the international standards of the ISPM15 mark.

The outcome and benefits of this service is the official recognition of a broad spectrum of business operators who have the licence and the necessary capacity to conduct their business and offer a large variety of products and services to their customers, both locally and through trade with other countries, within the EU and outside of the region.

The service is provided through the Monitoring and Control (MC) of the PPD, which functions as the main control unit. The MC is responsible for imports and border controls, movement to and from Malta, findings, interceptions, and outbreaks, internal market control, monitoring, and surveys.

Customers can make use of this service by using the application form for registration, which may be obtained using any of the following options:

Application forms may be requested: 

via phone on freephone 80072310 or number 22926535.
by email on:​
or by calling in person at the PPD in Lija. 

You can also download the user guidance, and the user checklist​ for the registration of professional operators in the Malta Official Register.