Malaysia and China sign Memorandum of Understanding on Traditional Chinese Medicine

KUALA LUMPUR, March 31 – Malaysia and China today signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Traditional Chinese Medicine, as part of the Ministry of Health (MOH)’s efforts to professionalize the traditional medicine industry and complementary.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said Malaysia is committed to developing the field of traditional and complementary medicine, with the aim of integrating this field with modern medicine as part of efforts to improve health and the quality of life of all Malaysians.

“To achieve this vision, the traditional and complementary medicine industry will be professionalized by ensuring that traditional and complementary medicine services are safe, of high quality and accessible to all,” Khairy said in his speech at the ceremony. virtual signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Malaysia and China on traditional medicine. Chinese medicine in Putrajaya.

Traditional medicine as defined in the Drugs and Cosmetics Control Regulations 1984 refers to any product used in the practice of indigenous medicine in which the medicine consists solely of one or more natural substances from a plant, an animal or mineral, or parts thereof, in unextracted or raw extract form, and a homeopathic medicine, according to the government’s MyHealth website.

The latest MOU is an extension of an earlier agreement signed over a decade ago.

The two countries had previously signed a similar Memorandum of Understanding on November 7, 2011, with Malaysia represented by then Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai and China represented by Dr Wan Guoqiang, the former Commissioner of the National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (NATCM). The memorandum of understanding, known as the “State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine”, was in effect until last year.

Khairy said that during the 10-year period, various collaborations in the field of traditional medicine have been carried out under the MoU.

These include information sharing sessions – either through workshops, conferences or meetings – trainings for health personnel from the Malaysian Ministry of Health (MOH) in institutions or hospitals in China, and the delegation of Chinese specialists in traditional Chinese medicine to provide services in MOH hospitals.

Khairy in his speech described traditional medicine in Malaysia as unique in that it has its own history due to the diverse heritages, cultures, languages ​​and races in Malaysia.

“Traditional medicine has always played an important role in the health care and well-being of Malaysians. In Malaysia, research in traditional and complementary medicine is still in its infancy.

Thus, China’s vast knowledge and expertise in traditional medicine will certainly benefit Malaysia, especially in research activities, including aspects of prevention and treatment of communicable and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). .

“Relevant research results will help the Malaysian government put in place appropriate policies to reduce the disease burden in Malaysia,” Khairy said.

Khairy said the latest MoU is in line with the aspirations of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Malaysian government which recognizes the contribution of the traditional medical system as a complement to the conventional medical system and enables the country to evolve. towards better health.

“The Ministry of Health hopes that an effective communication network can be further strengthened with the aim of exchanging technical, scientific and regulatory information, which, in turn, will facilitate the process of developing policies and strategies. appropriate to ensure safe and effective use of traditional medical services and public welfare products,” Khairy said.

According to the WHO, 50% of WHO’s 194 member states had a national policy on traditional and complementary medicine in 2018, while 124 members reported the presence of herbal medicine laws or regulations in 2018.