The SHUTCM was initially approved as a WHO Collaborating Center for Traditional Medicine (WHOCC) on August 5, 1983. Since then, the approval has been re-confirmed for 9 times consecutively. The collaboration with WHO in traditional medicine mainly focuses on research, training and education. The latest approval of registration will be valid from January 14, 2013 to January 14, 2017.
The WHOCC at SHUTCM has been dedicating its efforts in international education and training for traditional medicine as well as collaborative research in Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture and tuina.
The purposes of ongoing activities at the WHOCC are to:
lProvide technical support for the WHO in developing chapter 23 of the International Classification of Traditional Medicine (β version).
lProvide help for the WHO in data monitoring on quality of service in traditional medicine and subsequently organize an international academic conference on this issue.
lProvide technical support for the WHO research on safety of medicinal herbs.
The WHOCC hopes to strengthen its collaboration with the WHO, further promote the use of traditional medicine and thus enable it to benefit public health around the world.