India & Malaysia hold 5th bilateral meeting on traditional systems of medicine

The Indian policymakers and their Malaysian counterparts discussed the collaborative opportunities in the respective countries for the spread of traditional medicines and their clinical evaluation as well as validation for the benefit of masses

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The Joint Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, Mr P K Pathak along with the Senior officers of the Ministry of AYUSH and a delegation from Malaysia in a 5th Bilateral Technical Meeting on cooperation in the field of Traditional System of Medicine between India and Malaysia, in New Delhi on January 10, 2018.

New Delhi: The 5th Bilateral Technical Meeting on cooperation in the field of Traditional Systems of Medicine between Government of India and Malaysia was held on 10th January at New Delhi which was a part of an agreement signed between both countries in 2010.

The Meeting was presided by Mr Pramod Kumar Pathak, Joint Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH from Indian side and Deputy Director General Health (Medical), Ministry of Health Malaysia.

The Meeting discussed the establishment of Ayurveda Chair in University of  UTAR, Malaysia; professional training in Panchakarma therapy for Malaysian experts in India and the evaluation of safety and efficacy of combination Ayurvedic/ traditional products for clinical trials.

Besides the safety evaluation of Ayurvedic products based on Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), the bilateral MoU between National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB), Ministry of AYUSH and Malaysia for Cooperation in the field of Medicinal Plants was also discussed. The registration of Homeopathic Practitioner and their capacity building module in Malaysia was also on the agenda.

Secretary, Mr Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha  Ministry of AYUSH in his closing remarks stated that any initiative from Malaysian side for promotion and propagation of Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy is welcomed and Ministry of AYUSH is ready to offer its full support.

The Malaysian side briefed about the recent development in the field of Traditional Medicine in their country. It was informed that Traditional and Complementary Medicine (T&CM) Council has been constituted to overlook various activities related to T&CM Systems of Medicine. They expressed their keen desire for capacity building programmes for their experts in India to understand analytical parameters with regard to Indian Medicine and for Panchkarma courses being conducted in India.

Ministry of AYUSH highlighted the issues of registration of AYUSH practitioners and products in Malaysia. It was informed that there exists robust system of regulation in the country for AYUSH product, practices and providers in India which could be shared with Malaysian side for reference purpose. Ministry intends to enhance cooperation for designing and developing the policies and strategies in the field of Traditional Medicine in Malaysia.