The School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) hosted the eighth plenary meeting of the International Organisation for Standardisation/Technical Committee 249 on Traditional Chinese Medicine (ISO/TC 249) on campus from 5 to 8 June.

This is the first time that Hong Kong is hosting the plenary meeting of this organisation.

Attending the meeting are 206 delegates from 14 countries and regions, 18 representatives of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies as well as current and former ministerial and provincial officials. The meetings will hear a report on the organisation’s Strategic Business Plan, reports on the progress of its work and new proposals by its six Working Groups.

Officiating at the welcoming ceremony of the opening plenary meeting were Chair of ISO/TC 249 Dr David Graham, HKBU Vice-President (Teaching and Learning) Dr Albert Chau, Biotechnology Director of HKSAR Government’s Innovation and Technology Commission Dr Cecilia Pang, and Deputy Director-General of the Department of International Cooperation of Mainland’s State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine Mr Zhu Haidong.

Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Chau said: “Hong Kong is privileged to host the eighth plenary meeting of ISO/TC 249. While Hong Kong, a place where East meets West, is an important window for China's international collaboration and exchange, HKBU is a key player in the field of Chinese medicine in Hong Kong, in particular in education, research, health care services and the standardisation and internationalisation of Chinese medicine. The hosting of the meeting demonstrates the unique contribution SCM and Hong Kong can make in connecting experts from different parts of the world and contributing to the standardisation and advancement of Chinese medicine for the benefit of mankind.”

Dean of SCM Professor Lyu Aiping heads the China delegation of more than 100 delegates at the meeting, having served in that position since the establishment of ISO/TC 249 in 2009. SCM was designated by the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine as a support unit for the joint working group of ISO/TC 249 and ISO/TC 215 in 2014. In that capacity, the School is responsible for conducting studies on international standards of Chinese medicine informatics and performing related coordination work.

The scope of ISO/TC 249 includes standardisation in the field of medical systems derived from ancient Chinese medicine, and covers both traditional and modern aspects of these systems. The Technical Committee focuses on the quality and safety of raw materials, manufactured products, medical devices and informatics.