Following the recommendations of the Program for Assistance in Drug Abuse and Drug Trafficking Control in Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova (BUMAD Program), funded by the European Union and co-funded and implemented by UNDP Moldova, the Interdepartmental Commission of the Government for
Drug Abuse and Drug Trafficking Control emitted a Decision nr.2 on February 27,
2004, providing for the creation within the Ministry of Health of the Republic of
Moldova of a unit responsible for a centralized analysis of non-confidential data on drug abuse and drug trafficking. According to the Order of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Moldova nr.164 of May 18, 2004, this unit, also known as the National Drug Observatory (National Focal Point in the European Union terminology), was created within the Scientific and Practical Centre of Public Health and Health Management.