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Drug Control Card Section

At the Drug Control Card Section we issue and renew control cards. These cards are used to monitor and control the use of narcotic and psychotropic drugs as stipulated by law. Medical practitioners and pharmacists are bound by law to register the amount of drugs prescribed and dispensed on the control cards. 

This charter outlines the services we provide and the standards of service we aim to achieve and which you can expect from us. It also tells you what to do if you wish to see any improvement in our service. Through this charter we are committing ourselves to providing you with a quality service.

​​Issue of new control cards ​
What we need
  • An application form completely filled in and signed by your doctor. Your name, age, identity card number and address together with your doctor’s name, address and medical council registration number must be clearly written on the form.
  • A green prescription form filled in by the doctor.
  • Your identity card or passport. 
We will
  • Issue your control card within 5 minutes. 
  • This is applicable when you supply all the relevant documents with the application.
Renewal of control cards
The control card is renewed once a year unless stated otherwise on the card and expires as indicated in the schedule below.
​​Month Locality​
​31st December ​Birzebbuga, Gudja, Ghaxaq, Isla, Paola, Xagħra, Xewkija
​31st January ​Bormla, Marsaskala, Fgura, Sta.Lucia, Birgu
​28th February ​Marsa, Qormi, Zebbug
​31st March ​Rabat, Sliema, Għarb, Għasri, Kerċem, Qala, San Lawrenz, Sannat, Sta.Luċija, Żebbuġ [Gozo]
​30th April ​Lija, Mellieha, Naxxar, St. Paul's Bay
​31st May ​Gharghur, Kalkara, Mosta, Swieqi, Balzan
​30th June​ ​Dingli, Iklin, Pembroke, Marsaxlokk, Zejtun, Zabbar, Fontana, Victoria
​31st July ​Floriana, Mdina, Zurrieq, Safi, Siggiewi, Valletta
​31st August ​Gzira, Mtarfa, Luqa, Ta' Xbiex, Hamrun
​30th September ​Birkirkara, Msida, Għajnsielem, Munxar, Nadur, Xlendi
​31st October ​Attard, Mgarr, San Gwann, Tarxien
​30th November ​Kirkop, Mqabba, Qrendi, San Giljan, Pieta, Sta. Venera

​​What we need
  • An application form​ completely filled in and signed by your doctor. Your name, age, identity card number and address together with your doctor’s name, address and medical council registration number must be clearly written on the form.
  • The old control card.
  • A green prescription form filled in by the doctor (if you have not used the control card during the previous year
  • Your identity card or passport
We will
  • ​Issue your renewed control card within 5 minutes.
  • This is applicable when you supply all the relevant documents with the application.
​​Postal Service ​
​The issue and renewal of control cards can also be done through the post. If you choose to use this service, send all the documentation to the unit and we shall send you the Control Card by mail. However, you should not send your identity card. ​
We will Send by post your control card within 2 working days from when we receive your application at the office​
​​Control cards for minors and mentally disabled persons
​​​​Parents and legal guardians of children who are under 16 or who are mentally disabled may collect control cards on their behalf. ​
What we need In this case the parent/guardian will be required to bring his or her identity card as well as the identity card of the applicant and the other documentation required when applying for a new control card.
​We will
  • Issue your renewed control card within 5 minutes. 
  • This is applicable when you supply all the relevant documents with the application. 
  • The identity card number of the parent/guardian will be written at the top of the control card and will be marked with an asterisk.
Control cards for third parties ​
​You may send someone on your behalf to apply for or renew your control card.
What we need The person applying or renewing the control card on your behalf must bring both your and his/her identity card or passport together with the documentation stated above.
​We will
  • Issue your renewed control card within 5 minutes. 
  • This is applicable when you supply all the relevant documents with the application. 

You can contact us by: 

  • Coming personally to our office
  • Contacting us via phone or fax 
  • Writing to us  

​​Our Office
​​Address Control Card Section
St. Luke's Square 
G'Mangia​
​Telephone ​22481800
​Opening Hours
Monday to Friday between 08.00hrs - 13.00hrs​

When you visit our Office we will:

  • Be quick, courteous and helpful
  • Welcome you in a clean and friendly environment.

When you phone us you can expect us to:
  • Answer promptly
  • Identify ourselves.