Friday, March 09, 2007

China, France To Work Together On Traditional Medicine

China, France To Work Together On Traditional Medicine

According to the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SATCM), China and France will encourage cooperation in traditional medicine.

SATCM's press office told Xinhua news agency that an agreement sealing the requests of the two countries would be inked in the beginning of 2007.

French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy told SATCM head She Jing, several institutes in France were interested in the study of herbs and traditional medicine manufacturing. He expressed his desire for Chinese and French counterparts in the area to begin commercial production of Chinese medicine.

Douste-Blazy added that he would send Asian affairs adviser to China in mid-December to work out the logistics.

Chinese Academy of Sciences, French universities and government departments worked on public health issues, drug registration, and protection of intellectual property rights for traditional Chinese medicine at a conference in Paris in October.