HKBU opens Chinese Medicine Authentication Centre to boost testing and certification in Chinese medicine
Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) officially opened the Hong Kong Chinese Medicine Authentication Centre at its School of Chinese Medicine today (29 March). The Centre was set up to tie in with the development of testing and certification services, one of the six priority industries to be facilitated by the government.
The objective of the Centre is to develop a quality certification scheme with global recognition in the Chinese medicine industry so as to promote high quality Chinese medicine and proprietary Chinese medicine products. It aims to encourage the Chinese medicine industry to focus on safety and authenticity of the ingredients of Chinese medicine and proprietary Chinese medicine products in order to strengthen consumer confidence and its role in public health; and also to promote Hong Kong as the world testing centre for Chinese medicine and proprietary Chinese medicine products.
Officiating at the opening ceremony were Dr. Lam Ping-yan, Director of Health; Miss Janet Wong, Commissioner of the Innovation and Technology Commission; Mr. Wilfred Wong, Chairman of the Council and the Court, HKBU; Professor Ng Ching-fai, President and Vice-Chancellor of HKBU; and Professor Liu Liang, Dean of School of Chinese Medicine, HKBU.
Speaking at the ceremony, Dr. Lam Ping-yan commended the School for its achievements in the development of Chinese medicine. He expressed his expectation that the Centre would contribute to the development of testing and certification services. Miss Janet Wong also echoed the belief that the School would help boost testing and certification services in Hong Kong.
In his speech, Mr. Wilfred Wong said HKBU has been keeping pace with the latest developments. The establishment of the Centre, on the one hand, will tie in with the economic development strategy of the government and, on the other hand, will help Hong Kong become a testing and certification centre for Chinese medicine in the region.
Professor Liu Liang stressed the importance of conducting safety tests on Chinese medicine. He said the Centre will work closely with the Chinese medicine industry to ensure the safety of Chinese medicine products at the very beginning of the production process, and will conduct quality control and safety tests to prevent any negligence or loophole during the production process.
The Institute for the Advancement of Chinese Medicine (IACM), a wholly-owned subsidiary of HKBU, is in charge of the daily operation of the Centre. The Centre, equipped with advanced and modern equipment, provides a one-stop service for tests to detect heavy metals, pesticide residue and microbiological content in Chinese medicine. The Centre provides testing services in five major areas: pharmacognosy authentication, chemical identification and quality control, pharmacology and toxicology, preparation process, and physicochemical and safety test. Each area is supported by HKBU scholars of that specific stream.