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Health Ministry does not support TCM

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PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry does not support, recognise or award any credentials in traditional and complementary medicine (TCM) for now, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

In a statement here today, he also said the ministry was also not involved in organising any courses or programmes with non-governmental parties for purposes of registration under the Traditional and Complementary Medicine Act 2013 (Act 756).

He said of late, there were many false claims by irresponsible parties in the media claiming their courses and programmes on traditional and complementary medicine would lead to registration as practitioners when the Act was implemented.

“Following investigations, the ministry found that these were unstructured short courses or programmes with unqualified teaching personnel,” Dr Noor Hisham said.

Among the false claims made was that the courses or programmes offered would be or have been certified by the government for registration purposes under Act 756.

Another claim was that the courses were mandatory or jointly organised with the government, and participation in them was a condition or requirement of under Act 756.

“The Ministry wants to inform that the TCM Council to be set up under the Act will draw up the qualifications for certifification or the criteria for registration as practitioners when the Act 756 is enforced,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry was also working towards enforcing Act 756 and when enforced, it would make it compulsory for any individuals who practised or offered TCM services to be registered with the council.

“Individuals who want to practise or offer TCM services must also fulfil the criteria for registration as determined by the council and not other agencies,” he said.

He hoped that the public would be alert and cautious, and urged them to contact the Traditional and Complementary Medicine Division of the Ministry for any queries by contacting telephone number 03-26985077 or 03-22798100 or email  to [email protected] – BERNAMA


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