Professional Ethics: A Hub in Europe – The Services of the Professional in the Future

This seminar helped participants gain insight into current research in the field of professional ethics and network with other professionals.

Date & Time: 27 November 2017 9:00 – 13:30

Place: The Palace, Sliema

This seminar addressed various areas of professional ethics: the challenges of professional ethics in Europe and locally, CPD programmes in Europe, professional ethics in university curricula, the relationship between professionals and customers. The speakers included local and foreign academic experts on professional ethics and a senior figure (at EU level) in the field of professional ethics and advocacy-building for the liberal professions.

A brief overview of the ECEPE was given outlining the main three objectives:

  1. To convene researchers/experts in different areas of ethics in one place, Malta.
  2. To provide training both at the basic level as well as Continuous Professional Development and to develop both standard curricula and benchmarks, not in bottom-up approach by consulting professions.
  3. To raise awareness within society: a broad vision involving both decision makers/ society at large/ citizens / patients

The main questions discussed during the workshop were:

  1. What are the specific challenges that you are meeting in your profession in terms of professional ethics? Can you mention one or two concrete challenges?
  2. Which responses have you brought (or do you plan to bring) to these challenges, at the Maltese level?
  3. To what extent is the European dimension relevant to these challenges and responses? Have you for instance taken part in joint initiatives at the European level? Do you think these issues are best targeted at the national or EU level?

The following main points emanated from the three-hour open discussion.

  • Differentiation between professionals and other persons acting as professionals – interests of clients are not safeguarded
  • Professionals and Government laws that could hinder a professional giving the correct advice to patients ( especially health issues)
  • Correct and ethical use of social media by professionals
  • A good Government based data management system of patients especially in health and link with the private sector.
  • The use of IT in professional practice
  • Informing professionals to introduce Continuous Professional Development schemes in order to keep up to date and consult their clients with up to date information in all sectors especially in the health.

This seminar helped participants gain insight into current research in the field of professional ethics and network with other professionals.


Date: 15 December 2023 The project aims at strengthening social dialogue at sectoral level by building the capacity of national social partners, in order to tackle the need of self-employed professionals to be covered by an adequate social protection. It aims at giving social partners the tools to contribute to the design of social protection reforms, and to autonomously set up and manage social protection schemes, in line with Council Recommendation 2019/387. The project will first investigate existing social protection schemes for the professional self-employed and especially the changes introduced since the pandemic. The aim is to better understand which are the actors engaged in each scheme, which are the beneficiaries, which are the governance models and where the funding comes from. With a view to defining a social protection model to mainstream, best practices will be identified, approved by the consortium, analysed and validated by the working groups and finally channelled into a modelling proposal. Along this process, social partners and all other stakeholders identified by the research will be targeted by an awareness raising campaign and engaged in the working groups, which will serve as a forum for discussing and exchanging ideas. Once the modelling proposal is developed, the capacity building phase begins. The purpose is to strengthen the capacity of national sectoral social partners and promote their role in ensuring an adequate social protection for the professional self-employed. Given its nature, agreeing on a common definition of self-employment is a demanding task. At the same time, social protection includes different profiles of social assistance and social security, with extensive variations among countries. In brief, this social dialogue project entails a real understanding of both demand and supply of social protection for the self-employed. But also, more concretely, wishes to give the right tools to close existing social protection gaps. List of participants The consortium is led by Confprofessioni, Italian Confederation of Liberal professions, and composed by the following entities: CEPLIS, European Council of the Liberal Professions, from Belgium; MFPA, Malta Federation of Professional Associations; Equal Ireland Education Research and Related Services Co. Ltd. Moreover, the following organisations are participating as associated partners: UNAPL, National Union of Liberal Professions, from France; Eurocadres, Council of European Professional and Managerial Staff; UNPLIB, the Union of Belgian Liberal and Intellectual Professions. Expected project results Report on social protection systems Mapping report on best practices and problems of social protection schemes in the 27 MS Call for action Working groups report Modelling proposal   Coordinator contact details Confprofessioni Viale Pasteur, 65 – 00144 Rome IT (+39) 06 542 20278

Professionals Memorial Park

Date: 11 October 2022 MFPA wanted to honour the memory of professionals on one of the premises of one of the institutions where professions undertake their training, the University of Malta. On 22 April 2022, to celebrate Earth Day, the Federation planted trees in a designated area on the University Ring Road. A short video clip showing the event may be viewed here . The project was funded by the Voluntary Organisations Project Scheme managed by the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector. The park was then officially inaugurated on Tuesday 11 October 2022 and dedicated to the late Professor Salvinu Busuttil who was the first President of MFPA between 1971 and 1975.

About Us

The Malta Federation of Professional Associations (MFPA) was set up in 1971 by seven founding organisations. Throughout the years, the professional population in Malta increased. Today MFPA comprises 17 professional organisations as full members and other three organisations with partial membership, representing no less than 10,000 professionals in Malta.