Historical Perspective of TCAM Regulation in the Kingdom Of Bahrain

Author

Mona Hejres, Sassan Behjet

Proceeding

Traditional & Complementary Medicine Exhibition 2007 (TCME 2007), Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Date

17/7/2007

Keyword

Traditional & Complementery & Alternative Medicine, integration, adopting the TCAM practice in the national health care system.

Abstract

The safety and efficacy of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine as well as the Quality Control of these healthcare practices have become important concern for both health authorities and the public in the Kingdom of Bahrain. It is a known fact that the Traditional Medicine has been used in Bahrain by our past generations and has continued to exert a contributing influence to our cultural, social and economic values till today. It is imperative to initiate research undertakings into the safety and effectiveness of Traditional Medicine and to take suitable measures to document and preserve the Traditional healing knowledge and experiences for future generations. It has also been established that both the Traditional Medicine, and the Complementary and Alternative Medicine therapies can have a positive effect in promoting health and well being, when practiced under proper regulations and as per high standards of safety and quality control measures. These therapies can also assist in the control of raising health expenditures. The Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioners when trained and licensed properly can play an important role in public health and in treating chronic illnesses and improving the quality of life of those suffering from minor illnesses or from certain incurable diseases. It is also beneficial to the public to provide them a choice to gain the benefit of both, conventional and Traditional, Complementary and Alternative therapies as part of an integrated approach to healing. There is a need to protect the patients rights to quality health care services and to curtail all the avenues for health fraud and deception of patients by un-regulated and un-founded claims by Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioners. Thereby we dully approve the need for regulating and organizing the practice of TCAM and its products through the agencies of the Health Ministry, hence protecting patients rights to high quality comprehensive health care. As its duty to protect the public health and to promote health and wellbeing, the Health Ministry is given the responsibility to adapt, adopt, formulate and implement a national program based on the World Health Organization s guidelines and or other internationally recognized guidelines, taking in view the knowledge and the experiences gained by other countries, as well as the research undertaken by centers of higher learning in this ¿eld, to develop relevant regulations and mechanisms for implementing the safety, efficacy, quality, accessibility and the rational use of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The Kingdom of Bahrain would be the first GCC country that would formulate and implement the TCAM law and develop its regulatory and monitoring system.