Canada Appoints Expert Panel for Traditional Chinese Medicine
The potential members, which are being sought from such key stakeholder groups as health care professionals, academics, government organizations, industry and end-users, among others, will be appointed for 24 to 36-month terms to ensure continuity in the work.
The appointees, all volunteers, will be announced in late February or early March, according to Aglukkaq, the sole parliamentary member for
The committee members will meet twice annually, once in the east of the country and once in the west.
Aglukkaq said as more Canadians use traditional Chinese medicine, Health Canada and its Natural Health Products Directorate needs to learn more about them, how they are used and their origins, among others.
"So to move forward and addressing access to the usage, the issue of health and safety, we needed to form an ongoing advisory board to provide advice to Health
Late last year, Health
Aglukkaq said the government is committed to continuing that access to traditional Chinese medicines, but at the same wanted to be sure that all the products were safe and do what they claim to do.
With the new advisory committee reporting to the Natural Health Products Directorate, its director general, Scott Sawler, said Health
He said using allopathic methods to try and evaluate traditional Chinese medicines would be too rigid.
"So we wanted to ensure that we have a committee providing us advice and support to ensure that we have a flexible method to limit products that are unsafe to the market, but ensure access to those that are used in cultures, such as traditional Chinese medicine, and we're hoping to get that input."
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