Press Release > Registered Chinese medicine practitioners > Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong Press Release of 29 November 2002

First batch of registered Chinese medicine practitioners announced

The following is issued on behalf of the Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong:

The Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong (CMC) announces today (November 29) that the list of the first batch of registered Chinese medicine practitioners (CMPs) has been confirmed. The list contains a total of 2 384 registered CMPs.

Dr. Daniel Tse Chi-wai, Chairman of the CMC, said: "The list of registered CMPs has been gazetted today and uploaded to the homepage of the CMC on the same day (website: http://www.cmchk.org.hk)."

"The CMC will issue the 'Registration Certificate', 'Practising Certificate' and 'Code of Practice for Registered CMPs' to these 2 384 registered CMPs by double registered mail starting from next week."

"Apart from registered CMPs who can practise Chinese medicine lawfully, listed CMPs may also continue to practise Chinese medicine. Listed CMPs who are not qualified for direct registration may apply for registration as a registered CMP only after they have passed the registration assessment or licensing examination," said Dr. Tse.

"According to the Chinese Medicine Ordinance, listed CMPs could continue to practise until such date as specified by the Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food."

Dr. Tse said: "The registration assessment is scheduled to be held in January to February next year (2003), and the CMC is at the moment organizing the licensing examination, the first of which is expected to be held in mid 2003. Besides listed CMPs, other persons who wish to become registered CMPs may also sit for the licensing examination if they possess an undergraduate degree in Chinese medicine recognized by the Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board (the Practitioners Board). They can apply for registration as a registered CMP after passing the examination."

"To maintain their professional standards and conduct, registered CMPs should meet the requirements of continuing education in Chinese medicine specified by the Practitioners Board and comply with the "Code of Practice for Registered CMPs". Any registered CMP violating the Code may be liable to disciplinary action, including the removal of his name from the Register of CMPs."

"Registered CMPs may use the title 'Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner' in their practices and shall display their 'Practising Certificate' at conspicuous locations in their practising premises, while listed CMPs shall display the 'Notification of Listed Chinese Medicine Practitioner'."

"The birth of registered CMPs is an important milestone for the Chinese medicine development in Hong Kong", Dr. Tse said.

"The whole registration system aims at safeguarding public health, ensuring the professional standard of CMPs and recognizing the legitimate professional status of CMPs. The first batch of registered CMPs have all fulfilled the criteria for direct registration under the transitional arrangements stipulated in the Chinese Medicine Ordinance, which include (a) immediately before January 3, 2000, they have been practising Chinese medicine in Hong Kong for a continuous period of not less than 15 years; or (b) immediately before January 3, 2000, they had been practising Chinese medicine in Hong Kong for a continuous period of not less than 10 years and have obtained a qualification in Chinese medicine practice acceptable to the Practitioners Board."

Besides registered CMPs, the five local universities specified by the Practitioners Board, i.e. the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Baptist University and the City University of Hong Kong, may submit applications for CMPs outside the territory through the 'limited registration' system. CMPs with limited registration can only perform clinical teaching or research in Chinese medicine for the institutions that employ them. They cannot carry out any private practice of Chinese medicine.

Established in September 1999 under the Chinese Medicine Ordinance, the CMC is a statutory body responsible for the registration of practitioners in Chinese medicine, the licensing of traders in Chinese medicines and the registration of proprietary Chinese medicines.

The Practitioners Board and the Chinese Medicines Board are established under the CMC. The Practitioners Board is responsible for regulating the practice of Chinese medicine, while the Chinese Medicines Board is responsible for controlling the use, manufacture and trading of Chinese medicines.

For enquiries, members of the public may call the hotline 2574 9999.

 

END/Friday, November 29, 2002