Essential medicines and health products

Benchmarks for training in traditional / complementary and alternative medicine

In 2003, a WHO resolution (WHA56.31) on traditional medicine urged Member States, where appropriate, to formulate and implement national policies and regulations on traditional and complementary and alternative medicine to support their proper use. In 2009, resolution WHA62.13 further urged Member States to consider, within their national context, the inclusion of traditional medicine in their national health systems and establishing systems for the qualification, accreditation or licensing of practitioners of traditional medicine. This document, as one of the series of benchmarks for training for selected types of TM/CAM care, is part of the implementation of the WHO resolutions. The benchmarks for training describe models of training for trainees with different backgrounds, and include training of practitioners and training for dispensers and distributors of. The benchmarks reflect what the community of practitioners in each practice regards to be reasonable practice when training professionals to practice, taking into consideration that consumer protection and patient safety are core to professional practice. This document is intended to:

  • Support countries in establishing systems for the qualification, accreditation or licensing of practitioners of traditional medicine;
  • Support countries in establishing systems for the qualification, accreditation or licensing of practitioners of traditional medicine;
  • Facilitate better communication between providers of conventional and traditional care, as well as other health professionals, medical students and relevant researchers, through appropriate training programmes;
  • Support integration of traditional medicine into the national health system.

Benchmarks for Training in Ayurveda

Ayurveda

Benchmarks for Training in Naturopathy

Naturopathy

Benchmarks for Training in Nuad Thai

Nuad Thai

Benchmarks for Training in Osteopathy

Osteopathy

Benchmarks for Training in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Benchmarks for Training in Tuina

Tuina

Benchmarks for Training in Unani Medicine

Unani Medicine