In contrast to the EU, the WHO is very active in the field of CAM:

The responsible department for TM under the leadership of Dr. Zhang Qi, may not have a lot of personnel, but it has already accomplished much: seven benchmarks, over 100 plant monographs, a revised T&CM strategy paper 2014-2023, the development of a TM Diagnostic Key for the new ICD-11-Code System, and the ratified Resolution of 2014. In this year, the general assembly (WHA), of the World Health Organization (WHO), passed a Resolution on Traditional Medicine (TM=T&CM=CAM), through the votes of 194 member states, with numerous European nations among them. In this resolution, the nations were asked to integrate TM in their respective health systems. In addition to other countries, China, Japan, Korea, USA, Australia, Canada and now India, are currently putting this resolution into practice. Governments, universities, health professions and manufacturers are working together and officially supporting a positive political policy towards TM.

At this year’s WHA2016 in May, the creation of a TM Work Group was proposed in which representatives of CAM will participate… 

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – the resistance of a microorganism to an antimicrobia drug that was originally effective for treatment of infections caused by it – threatens the effective prevention and treatment of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi. It is an increasingly serious threat to global public health that requires action across all government sectors and society. This paper describes how the sector of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) can contribute to reducing the problem of AMR.

The CAM perspective on health and disease is essentially different from the conventional biomedical perspective. It is not just a difference in the technology and instruments used, but in the underlying paradigms, the basic concepts of and philosophical perspective.  Although CΑΜ represents a variety of different medical systems and therapies, the CAM modalities have a common denominator, i.e. their individualised holistic approach and their focus on promoting the individual’s health by assisting the person’s innate healing capacity.
Please read the EUROCAM’s document (PDF)Anhang

AGTCM-Congress 2014, Rothenburg o.d.T.

Report by Nora Laubstein
International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11)-revision by WHO/ Enhanced recording of morbidity in TM terms

In connection with the ICD which classifies all relevant diseases on international level (in the beginning 1900, later in 1948 accepted worldwide) the European TCM-Association (ETCMA) and the German organization AGTCM presented Mister Nenad Kostanjsek, Technical Officer for statistics CTS of the WHO in Geneva and his team. He was invited to give a review in three parts about the last three years of working together for a TM-alignment included into the ICD-system.


animal healthAround 70 per cent of communicable diseases are shared between animals and humans, explains rapporteur Marit Paulsen.

She kicks off the cover feature of the parliament magazine on animal health by calling the European commission's proposal a law of "great importance" for public health. As parliament's rapporteur on the EU's new animal health legislation, the ALDE deputy warns that "70 per cent of our infectious diseases are common for animals and humans", and cites Salmonella as a prime example, able to spread from pigs and dogs to humans "at great cost for national healthcare systems".

Paola Testori Coggi, director general of DG Sanco, stresses that new animal health rules should be "simple and smart" and that, together with commission proposals which aim to "optimise the single market" for medicines, can help to foster a more "competitive farming sector".

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