Regulation of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practice – Singapore’s Experience

Author

DR CHRIS CHEAH HEAN AUN
Assistant Director (Traditional and Complementary Medicine)
Ministry of Health
Singapore
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Language

English

Title

Regulation of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practice – Singapore’s Experience

Proceeding

7th INTRACOM – 2nd ICBWI 2009

Date

24th July 2009

Place Held

PWTC, Kuala Lumpur

Abstract

Aim: This paper aims to present Singapore’s experience in the statutory regulation of the practice of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).


Methods: The TCM Practitioners Act was passed in Parliament in 2000 to enable the setting up of the TCM Practitioners Board to regulate the practice of TCM in phases, starting with the registration of acupuncturists in 2001, followed by TCM physicians in 2002. A transitional registration framework was established to register those who have been practising acupuncture and TCM at the time the Act came into effect. Various upgrading courses and appraisal tests were conducted to ensure smooth implementation of the registration process. A common registration examination was also established for the registration of TCM practitioners after the expiry of the transitional period.


Results: During the transitional registration period, 1595 applied for registration as acupuncturists and 1865 applied for registration as TCM physicians. Detailed breakdown of the registration results and the profile of registered TCM practitioners over the years are presented in the paper.


Conclusion: The results provided an overview of the profile of TCM practitioners in Singapore. Singapore’s experience in regulating the practice of TCM can be a reference for other countries seeking to regulate the practice of traditional medicine, including TCM.

Keywords

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Session

Symposium 2A-1

Topic

Regulations and Opportunities in Wellness Industry