The School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) has been recently designated by the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine as a support unit of China for the joint working group of the International Organisation for Standardisation Technical Committee of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ISO/TC249) and International Organisation for Standardisation Technical Committee of Health Informatics (ISO/TC215). As a support unit, SCM is responsible for conducting research on the international standards of information in traditional Chinese medicine and coordinating the formulation of the said international standards. The School will in that capacity make significant contributions to the establishment of international standards for Chinese medicine.
In late May, Professor Lu Aiping, Dean of SCM, led the China delegation at the 5th Plenary Meeting of ISO/TC249 held in Kyoto, Japan. The China delegation submitted 15 proposals on ISO international standards of Chinese medicine to the meeting. A total of 10 proposals have passed the defence and will be submitted for international voting shortly.
The work of ISO/TC249 consists of the setting up of international standards for Chinese herbal medicine, Chinese medicine products, acupuncture apparatus, Chinese medicine equipment and Chinese medicine informatics, which have a great impact on Chinese medical services, Chinese medicine products and related industries. The country attaches great importance to the work of ISO/TC249 and has designated six support units, of which SCM is one, to coordinate and organise the establishment of international standards.
The School of Chinese Medicine will strive towards the establishment of international standards for Chinese medicine