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POYC Unit's Achievements

​Her Excellency Madame President Ms Marie Louise Coleiro visited the Pharmacy Of Your Choice Unit on Friday 28th April 2017

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MCA eBusiness Awards 2016

During the 6th Edition of the Malta Communications Authority eBusiness Awards held at the Malta Conference Centre on the 11th April 2017, POYC Unit was awarded the Best Use of Technology in Business Transformation .

Featured in:

The Business Observer [Page 16-17]

Pjazza TV Programme [Youtube slot hereunder]


Malta's Best Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2016

The Pharmacy Of Your Choice Unit won Malta's Best Healthcare Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 in recognition of 'Setting Organizational Standards for Excellence and Outstanding Achievement.'

The Award recognises the accomplishments of the  top local entrepreneurs.  Excellent business people are distinguished and rewarded for their positive contribution towards our country’s economic growth, for improving the country’s business community and acting as role models for tomorrow’s leaders.​


 DOI Press Release by the Ministry for Health online press article​

National Enterprise Support Award 2016

The Pharmacy Of Your Choice Unit​ came runner up in the National Enterprise Support Award [NESA] with the initiative Excellence Through Innovation IT Solutions. ​ 

The POYC Unit was awarded €​6,000 which were presented to the Malta Community Chest Fund. 


HE The President of Malta Ms Marie Louise Coleiro Preca congratulates Ms Roseanne Camilleri, Chief Executive Officer and the POYC Unit's Management Team for nominating the MCCF as their preferred charity at the NESA. 


The POYC Unit received the Department of Pharmacy AWARD 2016 for its contribution towards pharmacy education and pharmacy services.  The AWARD was presented during this year’s Annual Pharmacy Symposium to Ms Roseanne Camilleri CEO on behalf of the Pharmacy of Your Choice (POYC) Unit by Professor Lilian Azzopardi in the presence of Professor Tony Serracino Inglott - Chairman Medicines Authority.



European Public Sector Award

In April 2014 the POYC Unit participated in the European Public Sector Award [EPSA]. This competition is held every 2 years, and in 2014 there were 203 projects submitted from 26 European countries and EU institutions, including Malta. The overarching theme was ‘Weathering the Storm: Creative Solution in time of Crisis’.

The POYC Unit was the only participant from Malta and our ‘experience’ is going to be one of the European Projects to be included in the EPSA eknowledge Platform to serve as a showcase of good practices.


HE President George Abela's Visit to the POYC Unit

Source: Link to the Government Department Of Information [DOI] Website


Training Seminars to Participating Pharmacies

The POYC Unit organises seminars for the community pharmacies participating in the POYC Scheme. The intent of these seminars is to inform and align the pharmacies with Government's dispensing guidelines, protocols and procedures, and the modus operandi of the Scheme.



ISO Standard 9001:2008 Certification
On the 27th December 2012 the Pharmacy Of Your Choice Unit was awarded the ISO Standard 9001:2008 certification.
In October 2014, the MCCAA conducted the annual audit, and the ISO 9001:2008 International Certification was extended for another period of one year. The Areas covered by the ISO Certification include: 
  • ​Management Review
  • Changes in the Management System
  • Records and Control
  • Quality Control
  • Continual Improvement, Internal Audit
  • Corrective Action, Preventive Action and System Planning
  • Customer Satisfaction and Customer Communication
  • Training
  • Use of SMI Communication Logo
The intent behind this strategy is to create an organisational cultural environment wherein excellence is never enough; and to promote the ethos amongst the workforce that continuous benchmarking and subsequent improvement will facilitate the Unit to timely meet the ever changing demands of the health care market.
This manifests the high standard in the POYC Unit’s operational processes. 



FHRD - Malta People Awards 2012
In December 2012, the POYC Unit secured the three top awards of the Malta People Awards 2012 organised by the Foundation of Human Resources.

Development [FHRD]. The Awards include the:
  •  1st Place in the 'Excellence Through Innovation' Award
  •  Runner-Up Position for the 'Equal Opportunities' Award
  •  'Certificate of Recognition for Good HR Practice'
  •  Overall Achievement Category Award​



A Press Article has appeared in Page 50 and Page 51​ of the Malta Independent newspaper on the 18th December 2012.

In May 2012, the National Audit Office, in its observations following a one year audit performance review outlined that:

‘… the POYC Unit clearly emerged as a professionally managed entity, suitably equipped to administer a Scheme of this magnitude and importance. NAO concluded that the system of Standard Operating Procedures employed by the Unit was commendable, ensuring high levels of consistency thereby contributing towards the reduction of errors. In addition, NAO concluded that the manner by which stock was handled and managed during all the internal and delivery processes was rigorous and very proficient, which ensured high quality service levels.’ (


FHRD – Malta People Awards 2011
In December 2011, the POYC Unit successfully secured the top two awards of the Malta People Awards 2011 organised by the Foundation for Human Resources Development [FHRD].
The Awards include the:

- ‘People Management Impact on Business Success’ Award which is intended to reward businesses that are transforming the way they manage and develop their people in order to build sustainable organisation performance.

- ‘Employee Engagement’ which is intended to acknowledge the HR initiatives or system that have made a marked contribution to a culture of employee engagement, good communication flows, accountability and space for personal initiatives that can have a positive impact on an organisation.
This was the first time that the Pharmacy Of Your Choice Unit participated in this national event. Besides the two Award trophies, the POYC Unit was also awarded the FHRD Malta People Award 2011 Achiever logo.



A Press Article has appeared in Page 6 and Page 7 of the Malta Independent newspaper on the 2nd January 2012.

Equality Mark - 2nd June 2011
Renewed in 2014 for a further period of three years.
In June 2011, the POYC Unit was awarded the Equality Mark Certificate and granted permission to use the Equality Mark Logo. To-day, the POYC Unit is proud to be one of the very first Government unit to be honoured with this Certificate.

This Certification manifests the true commitment undertaken by the Unit to create and incorporate gender equality values and opportunities within its organisational strategic objectives, and to introduce a management structure that facilitates this ethos. 

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