The Ministry of Health (MOH) has launched the Traditional and Complementary Medicine (T&CM) Blueprint 2018-2027 (Health Care).
The blueprint would serve as a guide for a systematic and sustainable approach in developing the T&CM industry for the coming ten years.
The blueprint was launched by Health Minister, Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam at the Institute for Health Management.Also present were Deputy Health Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya and the director-general of Health, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
The minister said the enforcement of the Traditional and Complementary Medicine Act 2016 (Act 775) had made Malaysia one of the very few countries to have enacted a unique piece of legislation that would regulate the diverse practices and practitioners of traditional and complementary medicine in the country.
"The Act has catalysed progress on many fronts of T&CM, notably in the areas of capacity building in research, governance, education and the regulation of T&CM products," he said.
The T&CM Blueprint 2018-2027 which is part one of a three-chapter document, in particular, focuses on the health care perspectives of T&CM while the economic and socio-cultural aspects are currently being looked into by the ministry.