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Contact Person: Ms. Audrey Galea

Injuries are an important and largely preventable health problem. The purpose of the European Injury Data Base (IDB) is to facilitate effective injury prevention policies and programs at EU- and country level. The database provides information on accidental injuries such as home accidents, sports and leisure injuries, workplace accidents and road accidents, and on injuries due to violence and self-harm. IDB data are complementary to general mortality statistics, hospital discharges statistics, and health surveys as well as to specific registers of road and workplace accidents. The currently available IDB-data are produced voluntarily by national competent agencies, under the co-ordination of the European Association for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (EuroSafe). 

The EU-database is hosted by the National Institute of Health in Italy (Istituto Superiore di Sanità - ISS), responsible for the central processing of the data delivered by the participating national partners. Detailed information about IDB and how the Network of national agencies works, can be found on the EuroSafe-website and its dedicated pages on the European Injury Database.


  • To collect data and keep a register of all accidents and injuries presenting at emergency departments in Malta and Gozo.
  • To provide data which may be required for surveillance and injury prevention.


The Injury Data Base (IDB) was officially launched in Malta in September 2004 to join other EU countries. The Directorate for Health Information and Research is the responsible body for the compilation of such data.​


The register collects all injuries from the two main Accident and Emergency Departments in Malta at Mater Dei Hospital and Gozo General Hospital.


Data is collected for all injuries attending the Emergency Departments at the two main general public hospitals in Malta and Gozo and cross-;inks with the National Mortality Register and  Hospital Discharges Register.

The registry keeps named records in order to: 
  1. avoid duplicate registration; 
  2. allow the cross linkages with the Hospital Information Systems and the National Mortality Register.
Strict confidentiality is respected at all times.



All data is collected and processed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation, adopted in the Data Protection Act XX of 2018. On the 8th of October 2019, Legal Notice 263 of 2019 was published. This Legal Notice is intended to enact the Processing of Personal Data (Secondary Processing) (Health Sector) Regulations (S.L. 528.10 of the Laws of Malta) (“the Regulations”).