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Malta’s three blockchain acts will come into force as of 1 November 2018.

The acts have already been unanimously approved by the country’s Parliament, but they will officially start regulating the industry on 1st November 2018. Over the summer, the MFSA has also published various consultation papers to provide further instruction to issuers of ICOs, cryptocurrency exchanges, technology companies and other service providers in the industry.

As of 1 November, prospective licensees and issuers will officially start operating under the new Virtual Financial Assets Act. Until then, VFA Service Providers (including cryptocurrency exchanges, as well as issuers of ICOs may commence offering their services in an unregulated manner which does not constitute a breach of law.

VFA service providers will subsequently have a year from this date to comply with the laws and applicable regulations as issued by the MFSA. On the other hand, Issuers which have commenced their launch post 18th October, 2018 as well as those who have applied for admissibility to trade their VFAs will have three months to become compliant and register their whitepaper.

Malta has been pushing towards officially becoming “the centre of excellence” in blockchain, crypto and ICOs, and has taken to calling itself the “Blockchain Island of the World”. It was the first to regulate the industry through the introduction of three acts: The Malta Digital Innovation Authority Act, the Innovative Technology Arrangements and Services Act and the Virtual Financial Assets Act.

by Alex Hamilton
Alex is Senior Reporter at IBS Intelligence, follow him on Twitter or contact him at: alexanderh@ibsintelligence.com
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