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WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATIONORGANISATION MONDIALE DE LA SANTÉR E S O L U T I O NREGIONAL COMMITTEE FORTHE WESTERN PACIFICCOMITÉ RÉGIONAL DUPACIFIQUE OCCIDENTALWPR/RC62.R413 October 2011TRADITIONAL MEDICINEThe Regional Committee,Acknowledging that traditional medicine is widely used in the Western Pacific Region;Recognizing the wide diversity of traditional medicine in the Region, the different levels ofdevelopment of traditional medicine, and the varying extent to which traditional medicine is includedin national health systems;Giving due consideration to the Beijing Declaration, adopted by the WHO Congress onTraditional Medicine, November 2008, and specific actions related to traditional medicine in theWHO Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property(WHA61.21);Acknowledging the progress that many Member States have achieved in legislation,regulation, national policy development, training, research and standardization of traditional medicinein the Region since the publication of the first Regional Strategy for Traditional Medicine in theWestern Pacific, covering the period 2001 to 2010;Respecting each Member State’s obligations to its own national capacities, priorities,relevant legislation and circumstances;


WPR/RC62.R4page 2Taking note of relevant WHO guidelines related to safety monitoring of traditional medicinesand other consumer protections;Having considered the draft Regional Strategy for Traditional Medicine in the WesternPacific (2011–2020),1. ENDORSES the Regional Strategy for Traditional Medicine in the Western Pacific(2011–2020);2. URGES Member States:(1) to use, where appropriate, the Regional Strategy for Traditional Medicine in theWestern Pacific (2011–2020) as a framework for the development of national traditionalmedicine programmes, in accordance with national circumstances, including relevantlegislation;(2) to strengthen the evidence base for traditional medicine and promote its safe andeffective use;(3) to consider including traditional medicine in their national health systems, asappropriate;(4) to facilitate dialogue and cooperation among practitioners of traditional medicine andWestern medicine;(5) to strengthen cooperation with Member States, particularly in the areas ofinformation sharing, research, and regulatory standards for practice and products, consistentwith national legislation and relevant international obligations;


WPR/RC62.R4page 33. REQUESTS the Regional Director:(1) to support Member States and collaborate with stakeholders in supportingimplementation of the Regional Strategy for Traditional Medicine in the Western Pacific(2011–2020);(2) to report to the Regional Committee regularly on the implementation of the Strategy.Seventh meeting, 13 October 2011

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