Traditional Medicine Policy of the Kingdom of Cambodia

TM Policy in Cambodia

  • General Information

In the year 1997, the National Center of Traditional Medicine was established by Sub-decree No. 67 ANKr.BK, under the Ministry of Health Cambodia. 13 years later, in the 2010, with the support by WHO-WPRO, the first Traditional Medicine Policy was adopted by the Ministry of Health. The implementing agency in Cambodia is the National Center of Traditional Medicine, the Ministry of Health Cambodia.

The Policy stated that Traditional Medicine shall be an important component of the healthcare system in the Kingdom of Cambodia. It will co-exist with modern medicine and contribute towards enhancing the living conditions of all Cambodians.

The Royal Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia will facilitate the implementation of this Traditional Medicine Policy and will put in place provisions that would promote the quality, safety and effectiveness of Traditional Medicine practices and products. The Traditional Medicine Policy together with the National Policy on Drugs aim to complement the needs in the communities in terms of disease prevention and treatment based on evidence.

Traditional Medicine forms an important part in prevention, promotion, and treatment aspects of health care in the Kingdom of Cambodia. Because of its long history, many of the population are attached to their own folklore and rely on traditional methods to meet their health care needs. This is especially the case for people who live in rural and remote areas who use medicines available in the localities for the prevention or cure of common diseases, disorders and conditions. The rich tropical biodiversity of Kingdom of Cambodia is a valuable source for natural health products and the Royal Government will promote its full potential.

The Royal Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia will support Traditional Medicine, identify mechanisms to implement the policy with periodical evaluation and integrate traditional medicine into the national health system.

Vision
To help maintain and improve the health of all the people of the Kingdom of Cambodia, with a focus on remote areas and the poorer segment of the population, through access to and rational use of affordable, quality, safe and effective Traditional Medicine practices and products.

Mission
To ensure that quality, safe and effective Traditional Medicine practices and products are made available to the people through the nation’s health care system.      

Objectives
Traditional Medicine Policy has the following objectives:

1. Promote traditional medicine profession for the benefits of the health sector, society and economy as a whole by putting emphasis on:

  • Development of additional legislations;
  • Provisions and code of ethics
  • Rational use of traditional medicine Integration of traditional medicine into the national health care system

2. Implement formal and non-formal trainings to respond to the progress made in the country as well as in the region.

3. Pay attention to raw materials and products:

  • Conserve and develop natural resources and biodiversities in the country to ensure potential and sustainability of the needs for raw materials and traditional medicine products;
  • Regulate the production and distribution of traditional medicine products to ensure quality, effectiveness and safety according to the standards and based on scientific basis.

4. Support and motivate research, information dissemination and national and international cooperation.

5. Undertake periodical monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of this policy.

Special Note:
This Traditional Medicine Policy does not encourage people or promote the use of animal or animal parts as raw materials for TM products; it is focus on medicinal plants, herbs and minerals.

 

  • Contact Details

National Center of Traditional Medicine
Ministry of Health Cambodia
No. 4, Street 118, Sangkat Mittapheap,
Khan 7 Makara, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Tel: +855 23 42 75 96
Fax: Not available
Website: Not available

Reference:

National Center of Traditional Medicine, Ministry of Health Cambodia. Traditional Medicine Policy 2010