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Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Updated: 2014-06-18

(Adopted at the Third Executive Meeting of the State Council on April 2, 2003, promulgated by Decree No. 374 of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China on April 7, 2003, and effective as of October 1, 2003)

Chapter I General Provisions

Article 1 These Regulations are formulated to inherit and develop the science of traditional Chinese medicine, ensure and promote the development of traditional Chinese medicine undertaking, and protect people’s health.

Article 2 These Regulations shall be observed by any institution or individual that is engaged in medical treatment, disease prevention, health care and rehabilitative service with traditional Chinese medicine, in education, scientific research, and international exchange of traditional Chinese medicine, or in administration of traditional Chinese medicine undertaking within the territory of the People’s Republic of China. The research, development, production, marketing, use, supervision and administration of traditional Chinese medical preparations shall be in compliance with the Drug Administration Law of the People’s Republic of China.

Article 3 The State protects, supports and develops the traditional Chinese medicine undertaking, lays equal stress on traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine, encourages these two schools of medicine to learn from and complement each other for common improvement, promotes integration of the traditional Chinese medical system and Western medical system, and develops the traditional Chinese medicine undertaking in an all-round way.

Article 4 In development of the traditional Chinese medicine undertaking, it is essential to follow the principle of combining inheritance and innovation, maintain and carry forward the characteristics and advantages of traditional Chinese medicine, actively make use of modern science and technology, promote development of theories and practice of traditional Chinese medicine, and push forward its modernization.

Article 5 The people’s government at or above the county level shall subsume the traditional Chinese medicine undertaking in its national economic and social development plan so as to guarantee the coordinated development of the traditional Chinese medicine undertaking, the economy and society.

When formulating the regional health plan, the local people’s government at or above the county level shall, on the basis of the level of social and economic development in its locality and the medical need of the local people, plan as a whole the establishment and distribution of institutions of traditional Chinese medicine, and improve the urban and rural traditional Chinese medicine service network.

Article 6 The administrative department of traditional Chinese medicine of the State Council shall be responsible for administration of traditional Chinese medicine nationwide. The relevant departments of the State Council shall be responsible for the work related to traditional Chinese medicine within their respective functions and duties.

The department responsible for administration of traditional Chinese medicine of the local people’s government at or above the county level shall be responsible for administration of traditional Chinese medicine in its administrative area. The relevant departments of the local people’s government at or above the county level shall be responsible for the work related to traditional Chinese medicine within their respective functions and duties.

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