The ASLP was launched in 1985 and was immediately recognised as a professional association by the Federation of Professional Bodies, now Malta Federation of Professional Associations (MFPA). It is also registered with the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations (VO / 0301) and in line with the Voluntary Organisations Act (Act XXII of 2007).

It is a recognised professional association of Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) in Malta. It is the only professional body, which brings together qualified SLPs in Malta and students studying to qualify in the field of Communication Therapy.

The ASLP provides a forum for members to meet, share knowledge and develop professionally. It is a vehicle through which professional views can be disseminated to other organisations and public institutions. ASLP also creates opportunities to raise public awareness regarding Speech-Language Pathology.

It was set up with four main aims which are still valid today:

  • Safeguarding the profession
  • Safeguarding the professional code of ethics
  • Keeping up with standards and current developments
  • Creating public awareness

The first committee was made up of almost all the Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) in Malta, at that time, referred to as Speech Therapists. Over the years, as the number of qualified SLPs increased, the association has kept growing and developing to meet current challenges.


Malta Federation of Professional Associations

The Malta Federation of Professional Associations, MFPA, is an umbrella organisation for professional organisations representing professionals from different sectors. It aims to bring together different professions and develop an inter-disciplinary approach to their work. ASLP joined MFPA in 1998 and has been very active in the MFPA Council ever since.

Malta Health Network

The Malta Health Network, MHN, represents the interests of patients and community health in Malta, in the European Union and internationally. The aim of MHN is to focus on the empowerment of best practice among health-related NGOs, health-related non-profit organisations and patient representation groups while striving to develop better coordination, collaboration and capacity building among these organisations. ASLP has been affiliated with MHN ever since it was founded in 2007.

European Speech and Language Therapy Association

The European Speech and Language Therapy Association, ESLA, is the leading organisation representing the interests of the Speech and Language Therapy profession in Europe. It is the umbrella organisation for Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) associations across Europe. ASLP joined this organisation in 2007 and has been very actively involved in the Board of Directors since 2016.

International Association of Communication Sciences and Disorders

The International Association of Communication Sciences and Disorders, IALP, aims to enable better understanding, knowledge and care of those with communication, swallowing and hearing disorders. It is the mission of IALP to strive in improving the life quality of these individuals. ASLP has been affiliated with IALP and active in its Board for several years.