TRADITIONAL AND COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE (T&CM) COUNCIL
Established in accordance to the provision under section 4, T&CM Act 2016 [Act 775] to regulate the T&CM services in Malaysia and to provide for matters connected therewith.
T&CM Council members shall be appointed by the Minister of Health with recommendation of the Director General of Health (subsection 6 (1) of Act 775).
Comprises of up to 22 members and chaired by Director General of Health as the Chairman of the Council (subsection 6(1) and (2), Act 775).
The first T&CM Council meeting was convened on 16 January 2017 and chaired by the Director General of Health Malaysia, YBhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Noor Hisham bin Abdullah.
Functions and Powers of the T&CM Council
- To advise the Minister on matters of national policy relating to traditional and complementary medicine practice;
- To establish the eligibility requirements for each practice area;
- To recognaize qualifications conferred by any institutions of higher learning established under any written law in Malaysia or any institutions of higher learning recognized and authorized by any countries outside Malaysia for the purpose of registration under Act 775;
- To specify the appropriate academic qualifications or recognized skills certificate issued pursuant to the National Skills Development Act 2006 [Act 652] which are or is necessary before a person may apply to be a registewred practitioner;
- To specify the necessary apprenticeship and training requirements including rules for undergoing apprenticeship, the scope of responsibilities and permitted conduct or activities of apprenticeship, duration of apprenticeship and post-qualification apprenticeship;
- To register individuals who will provide traditional and complementary medicine services to the public;
- To issue practising certificates to registered practitioners who have satisfied the prescribed conditions and paid the prescribed fees;
- To develop codes of professional conduct, rules relating to the professional conduct of registered practitioners, including penalties for breach of such codes or rules;
- To develop, undertake, prescribe and mandate any matter relating to or connected with the practice of traditional and complementary medicine or the professionalism of such practice;
- To specify, provide for and administer a complaints procedure and process;
- To develop rules upon which registered practitioners are to refer their patients to medical practitioners or dental practitioners, as the case may be;
- To obtain such relevant information from practitioners, and to provide the same to the Minister;
- To carry out such functions as may be specified by Act 775; and
- To carry out all such other activities as ay be directed by the Minister and such direction shall be consistent with the pupose of Act 775.
Membership of T&CM Council
With reference to subsection 6 (1) of the Traditional and Complementary Medicine Act 2016 [Act 775], the Council shall consist of the following members who shall be appointed by the Minister of Health on the recommendation of the Director General of Health:
i) not more than three (3) representatives from the Ministry of Health;
ii)two (2) representatives from any local university with expertise in traditional and complementary medicine fields;
iii)not more than three (3) registered practitioners in the public service;
iv)not more than eight (8) individuals from private practice who represent the designated traditional and complementary medicine practitioner bodies in Malaysia; and
v)five (5) individuals who possess sufficient experience and expertise in the relevant industry.
Subsection 8 (1) of Act 775 states that the Minister may appoint in respect of each member appointed under subsection 6 (1) an alternate member who shall be similarly qualified as the member.