Watch­ing TCM

Draft law calls for more over­sight of Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Medicine

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By XIN­HUA

China’s top leg­is­la­ture read a draft law on Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Medicine on Mon­day, call­ing for stronger man­age­ment of the in­dus­try.

The draft, now in its sec­ond read­ing, was sub­mit­ted to the bi­monthly ses­sion of the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress Stand­ing Com­mit­tee.

Un­der the re­vised draft, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies and TCM deal­ers must keep records of their pur­chases.

It also stresses stricter man­age­ment of farms used for herb cul­ti­va­tion, bet­ter en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion for herb-grow­ing re­gions, en­hanced safety dur­ing pro­cess­ing and im­proved re­search on the­o­ries and tech­niques.

The draft also con­tains a gen­eral prin­ci­ple stip­u­lat­ing that China sup­ports TCM stud­ies, en­cour­ages in­no­va­tion and pro­motes the ap­pli­ca­tion of such skills.

The re­vi­sions spec­ify items to en­hance TCM stud­ies, in­clud­ing of­fi­cial en­cour­age­ment of stud­ies by re­search and med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions, universities and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal en­ter­prises.

Mean­while, China should es­tab­lish and im­prove sys­tems of ap­praisal, man­age­ment and in­no­va­tion of tech­niques based on the char­ac­ter­is­tics of TCM, it said.

Re­search on projects cru­cial to TCM’s de­vel­op­ment, such as pre­ven­tion and treat­ment of ma­jor dis­eases, should be strength­ened, ac­cord­ing to the draft.

It also urges the coun­try to bet­ter pro­tect TCM through data­bases and cat­a­logs.

The ini­tial draft was first read in a bi­monthly ses­sion in De­cem­ber 2015.

MU YU / XIN­HUA

Physi­cians pre­scribe Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Medicine in a hos­pi­tal in Shi­ji­azhuang, He­bei province, on Thurs­day.

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