WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy: 2002-2005
(2002; 70 pages) [French] [Spanish] View the PDF document
Table of Contents
View the documentAcknowledgements
View the documentAcronyms, abbreviations and WHO Regions
Open this folder and view contentsKey points: WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2002 - 2005
Open this folder and view contentsChapter One: Global review
Close this folderChapter Two: Challenges
View the document2.1 What needs to be done?
View the document2.2 National policies and legal framework
View the document2.3 Safety, efficacy, quality
View the document2.4 Access
View the document2.5 Rational use
Open this folder and view contentsChapter Three: The current role of WHO
Open this folder and view contentsChapter Four: International and national resources for traditional medicine
Open this folder and view contentsChapter Five: Strategy and plan of action 2002 - 2005
View the documentAnnex One: List of WHO Collaborating Centres for Traditional Medicine
Open this folder and view contentsAnnex Two: Selected WHO publications and documents on traditional medicine
View the documentReferences
View the documentBack Cover

2.1 What needs to be done?

The most important issues to be tackled are outlined in Table 6 and fall into four categories:

• national policy and regulatory frameworks
• safety, efficacy and quality.
• access
• rational use.

Table 6. TM/CAM challenges fall into four categories

National policy and regulatory frameworks

• Lack of official recognition of TM/CAM and TM/CAM providers
• TM/CAM not integrated into national health care systems
• Lack of regulatory and legal mechanisms
• Equitable distribution of benefits of indigenous TM knowledge and products
• Inadequate allocation of resources for TM/CAM development and capacity building

Safety, efficacy and quality

• Lack of research methodology
• Inadequate evidence-base for TM/CAM therapies and products
• Lack of international and national standards for ensuring safety, efficacy and quality control of TM/CAM therapies and products
• Lack of adequate regulation and registration of herbal medicines
• Lack of registration of TM/CAM providers
• Inadequate support for research


• Lack of data measuring access levels and affordability
• Need to identify safe and effective therapies and products
• Lack of official recognition of role of TM/CAM providers
• Lack of cooperation between TM/CAM providers and allopathic practitioners
• Unsustainable use of medicinal plant resources

Rational use

• Lack of training for TM/CAM providers and on TM/CAM for allopathic practitioners
• Lack of communication between TM/CAM and allopathic practitioners, and between allopathic practitioners and consumers
• Lack of information for public on rational use of TM/CAM

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