New in­ter­na­tional TCM stan­dards to be un­veiled

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By WANG HONGYI in Shang­hai


About 10 new in­ter­na­tional stan­dards for Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Medicine (TCM) that are fo­cused on safety and qual­ity con­trol will be re­leased next year and they will in turn help with the global de­vel­op­ment of the med­i­cal style, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials.

“Th­ese new stan­dards will help en­sure that con­sumers get ac­cess to re­li­able and safe sources of TCM herbs no mat­ter where they are,“said Sang Zhen, the sec­re­tary-gen­eral of ISO/TC 249 Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Medicine (In­ter­na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion Tech­ni­cal Com­mit­tee).

With TCM be­com­ing more widely used across the globe, the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment, which has al­ways been a keen pro­moter of the med­i­cal style, has been look­ing to ad­dress the lack of in­ter­na­tional reg­u­la­tions per­tain­ing to the in­dus­try. The ISO/TC 249 Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Medicine was es­tab­lished in 2009, with Shang­hai Univer­sity of TCM as­sum­ing the role of sec­re­tar­iat in this gov­ern­ing body, for this pur­pose.

Es­tab­lished in 1956, Shang­hai Univer­sity of TCM is one of the first four TCM col­leges across China and has over the years ac­tively pro­moted the in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment of TCM.

The univer­sity has so far re­leased seven in­ter­na­tional stan­dards re­gard­ing as­pects of TCM such as the use of dis­pos­able acupunc­ture nee­dles and Asian gin­seng seeds, the de­tec­tion meth­ods of heavy met­als in TCM, de­coc­tion equip­ment and en­cod­ing sys­tems.

“The in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment of TCM is one of China’s na­tional strate­gies, and the in­ter­na­tional stan­dard­iza­tion of TCM is the foun­da­tion upon which to im­ple­ment this strat­egy. The Shang­hai Univer­sity of TCM works as a prac­tice plat­form to ser­vice the strat­egy,” said Xu Jian­guang, pres­i­dent of the univer­sity.

The univer­sity is also work­ing with the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) on the 11th edi­tion of the In­ter­na­tional Clas­si­fi­ca­tion of Dis­eases, mark­ing the first time that TCM is in­cluded in the WHO’s en­cod­ing sys­tem, a sign that the med­i­cal style is able to ex­ert in­flu­ence in in­ter­na­tional med­i­cal man­age­ment.

In 2014, the World Fed­er­a­tion of Chi­nese Medicine So­ci­eties (WFCMS) Com­mit­tee for Stan­dard­iza­tion was set up in the univer­sity. This en­tity is re­spon­si­ble for the de­vel­op­ment and for­mu­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional stan­dards of WFCMS.

Last year, the univer­sity in­te­grated its var­i­ous re­sources to es­tab­lish the TCM In­ter­na­tional Stan­dard­iza­tion In­sti­tute, an im­por­tant plat­form that fa­cil­i­tates the re­search, de­vel­op­ment and for­mu­la­tion of TCM stan­dards. The in­sti­tute has since been com­bin­ing do­mes­tic mea­sures with in­ter­na­tional ones and has al­ready re­leased nearly 40 stan­dards.

Th­ese new stan­dards will help en­sure that con­sumers get ac­cess to re­li­able and safe sources of TCM herbs no mat­ter where they are”

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