Chinese Medicine Division

World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Traditional Medicine
Chinese Medicine Division, Department of Health


Vision and Mission

Our vision is to become a global centre of excellence on traditional medicine via setting up the WHO Collaborating Centre for Traditional Medicine.

Our missions:

  • Promote the integration of traditional medicine into the national health system
  • Contribute and support WHO’s global networking activities in traditional medicine
  • Support and nurture professional expertise development on traditional medicine

Terms of reference

  1. To support the development and implementation of WHO’s traditional medicine policies, strategies and regulatory frameworks.
  2. To provide advisory and/or consultation services to WHO and its Member States.
  3. To provide expertise and technical services to the process of developing WHO’s technical documents and guidelines in the field of traditional medicine.

Features of the Collaborating Centre

  • Convergence of Chinese and Western cultures

    Hong Kong is a pluralistic urbanized city while preserving many traditions of China, making it an ideal place to develop traditional medicine.

  • Extensive local and global networks

    The Collaborating Centre has maintained close networks with local and international regulators, health care professionals, academics, and organizations of traditional medicine. These are valuable resources of the most competent health care expertise in the global spectrum that the Collaborating Centre can mobilize.

  • A multi-disciplinary crew

    The Collaborating Centre has a dedicated crew of multidisciplinary professionals including public health specialists, pharmacists, Chinese medicine practitioners, and experts in identification of Chinese medicines. It can certainly leverage on the diverse expertise and background of staff members to achieve its objectives.

  • Comprehensive regulatory control on Chinese Medicine

    The use and practice of traditional medicine regulated in Hong Kong provide the most comprehensive legal framework and governmental structure which are conducive to traditional medicine development.