Information on traditional medicines is to be standardised by the World Health Organisation, beginning with terminologies and classifications for diagnoses and interventions in China, Japan and the Republic of Korea.
Dr Kieny, WHO’s Assistant Director-General of Innovation, Information, Evidence and Research said:
“Throughout the rest of the world, particularly Europe and North America, use of herbal medicines, acupuncture, and other traditional medicine practices is increasing. Global classification and terminology tools, for traditional medicine, however, have been lacking.
“The International Classification of Traditional Medicine will have an interactive web-based platform to allow users from all countries to document the terms and concepts used in traditional medicine.
“Several countries have created national standards for the classification of traditional medicine but there is no international platform that allows the harmonization of data for clinical, epidemiological and statistical use.
“There is a need for this information to allow clinicians, researchers and policy-makers to comprehensively monitor safety, efficacy, use, spending and trends in health care.”
The program will used a web-based platform to allow the documentation of terms and concepts used in traditional medicine.