Working with the EU
We try to develop influence within the relevant EU committees and groups that relate to complementary therapies. As such, we can increase the level of influence of our members. EATCM therapies deserve more influence than they have, and we can work to ensure that policy makers know more about them.
Our advocacy team works by appealing to the health political level of the EU from the inside and outside. We also work with the World Health Organization and organizations over many different continents.
By working within all of these different organizations like this, it is easier to advocate for TCM and acupuncture. Chinese medicine truly does have a great deal of potential and can certainly be integrated within the modern healthcare system. Networking in this matter is going to help increase the influence of Chinese medicine.
The EU is probably one of the largest organizations that we work with in order to increase the influence of traditional Chinese medicine. The World Health Organization is the other large organization we work with, particularly given the size of their Traditional and Complementary Medicine unit. We have had a continuous exchange lasting around three years with them. At the moment, we are trying to get a clear definition of EATCM terms through, which will be a vital part of a ten-year strategy.
Networking on behalf of TCM is going to help to increase the legitimacy of TCM in the eyes of the general public and the health organizations of the world. Making the flow of information and professional organization better is going to make all the difference at this point in time.
Our organization is trying to increase the level of scientific input related to TCM and to make it easier for people to get the information that they need. In North America and Australia, the influence of TCM is growing all the time. We can make it expand further.