World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS), approved by the State Council of P.R.China and registered in the Ministry of Civil Affairs, P.R.China, is an international academic organization with its headquarters in Beijing. Its current Chairman is Ms. She Jing, Former Vice-Minister of Health and Former Director of the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, P.R.China. Currently, WFCMS has 195 chinese medicine societies in 57 countries and regions. The Secretariat, an organ operating under WFCMS, is responsible for WFCMS’s functionary management.
At present, the Secretariat possesses General Office, Academic Department, International Liaison Department Finance Department. Department of International Standardization, Department of International Examination, Department of International Training, Department of Talent Exchange, Department of Information Service (website of WFCMS), Department of Project Management I, Department of Project Management II, Chinese Medicine Research Institute, World Chinese Medicine, Medicine Cooperation Dept Ⅰ, Prize Office and etc.For the promotion of international academic studies and development of CM subjects, the establishment of specialty committees has been taking as one of WFCMS’s most important issues. Up to now, 31 specialty committees have already been registered in the Ministry of Civil Affairs, P.R.China.
In order to expedite policy making and coordination, WFCMS also established consultation-coordination committees such as the standardization committee, examination and evaluation committee, ethics committee, education instruction committee, clinical instruction committee, scientific and technical development committee, etc. They are mainly responsible for research, consultation and coordination of different professional realms.
WFCMS is devoted to promoting the understanding and cooperation among the academic groups of Chinese medicine all over the world, strengthening the international academic exchange, improving their qualifications for Chinese medicine, protecting and developing Chinese medicine, working to have Chinese medicine gain access to the mainstream of medical system in different countries, promoting the exchange and cooperation among Chinese medicine and other medicines in the world and, therefore, making greater contributions to the health of mankind. The main tasks of the organization are (1) to work out and publicize international standards related to Chinese medicine, thereby, carrying out international certification and pushing forward the healthy development of Chinese medicine in the world; (2) to conduct various academic activities for the purpose of promoting international exchange and cooperation among societies of Chinese medicine; promote the academic development and personnel training, thereby allowing Chinese medicine to contribute more to the health of mankind.
The International Examination Department , carries out international qualification （level）test for practitioners, acupuncturists, pharmacists, nurses, technicians and teachers so as to improve their qualifications and establish their academic positions. The international training, talent exchange and distance medical consultation conducted by WFCMS aim to improve the qualification and academic level of Chinese medicine professionals. Some other tasks include setting up internet work, carrying out informational consultations and services, publishing academic magazines, are making known the unique advantages of Chinese medicine and expanding its influence internationally. WFCMS holds international exhibitions and builds an international exchange platform so as to promote the international trade of Chinese medicine, health-care products and medical equipments. WFCMS also undertakes the administration of science research projects both domestically and internationally, and provides medicine technique support and services for related societies and bodies. It shall conduct international cooperation and exchange of Chinese medicine techniques and services through hospitals and specialized medical departments.
WFCMS organizes and appraises the “International Prize for the Contribution to Chinese Medicine”, the only international prize in Chinese medicine, to groups or individuals who have made outstanding achievements in the medical treatment, teaching, research, legislation, or have made a special contribution to the international dissemination of Chinese medicine. WFCMS always endeavors to promote the international exchange, spread and development of Chinese medicine. Through the joint effort of all its members, WFCMS will develop into the base of strategic research on the internationalization of Chinese medicine, the base for the research, formulating and implementation of the international standards of Chinese medicine and also the base for Chinese medicine science, information, talents and products exchange.