Regulation of Chinese Medicine Practitioners > Licensing Examination

The 2018 Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination Part I Written Examination will be held in June 2018 while Part II Clinical Examination will be held in August 2018.

The application dates of the 2018 Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination are as follows:

  1. Persons who are not listed Chinese medicine practitioners: 18 September 2017 to 31 October 2017;

  2. Listed Chinese medicine practitioners: 18 September 2017 to 29 March 2018;

  3. Persons re-sitting the Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination: 18 September 2017 to 29 March 2018.

The "Candidates' Handbook for the 2018 Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination", the application form and the enrolment form may be obtained at the Secretariat of the Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong, downloaded from this homepage. Please note that all application forms and enrolment forms must be submitted within the application periods as mentioned above.

Under section 61 of the Chinese Medicine Ordinance, a person shall be eligible to undertake the Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination if: -

  1. he has satisfactorily completed such an undergraduate degree course of training in Chinese medicine practice or its equivalent as is approved by the Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board; or
  2. he has become a listed Chinese medicine practitioner under the transitional arrangements for registration of Chinese medicine practitioners and has been notified by the Practitioners Board that he has to undertake and pass the Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination before he is eligible for registration as registered Chinese medicine practitioners.

Under section 61(1)(a) of the Chinese Medicine Ordinance, the applicant shall "satisfies the Practitioners Board that at the time of the application he has satisfactorily completed such undergraduate degree course of training in Chinese medicine practice or its equivalent as is approved by the Practitioners Board". The above-mentioned undergraduate degree course must fulfil the basic requirements as determined by the Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board, which include:

(a)
A full-time on campus degree course with duration of not less than 5 years, including a Chinese Medicine clinical training of not less than 30 weeks. Other than the clinical internship and clinical practice, the course must be fully conducted in the institution awarding the bachelor degree in Chinese medicine; and
(b)
The course must include the following 10 compulsory subjects:
 
(i)
Basic Theories of Chinese Medicine;
 
(ii)
Diagnostics of Chinese Medicine;
 
(iii)
Chinese Materia Medica;
 
(iv)
Chinese Medicinal Formulary;
 
(v)
Internal Medicine of Chinese Medicine;
 
(vi)
External Medicine of Chinese Medicine;
 
(vii)
Gynaecology of Chinese Medicine;
 
(viii)
Paediatrics of Chinese Medicine;
 
(ix)
Orthopaedics and Traumatology of Chinese Medicine;
 
(x)
Acupuncture and Moxibustion of Chinese Medicine; and
(c)
If a course fulfils the requirements stated in (a) but it does not include all the compulsory subjects stated in (b), the course will be considered as an equivalent course, if the applicant has completed the study of the relevant subject in one of the recognized institutions in accordance with the requirements as stated in Appendix 1 of the "Candidates' Handbook for the 2018 Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination"; and
(d)
The institutions conducting the course must fulfil the basic requirements of the university and clinical teaching in terms of teaching condition, teaching/practical facilities, education management, library information, teacher qualifications, admission standard and clinical training, etc.
 

If a course is conducted, whether in whole or in part, by means of distance learning, such as correspondence, web-based or self-learning, the course does not meet the above basic requirements and will not be accepted.

Other than the basic requirements above stated, in considering applications to sit in the Licensing Examination of graduates from non-local courses, especially integrated Chinese and Western medicine courses, the Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board will make reference to the standards of the approved Chinese medicine undergraduate degree courses of the three universities in Hong Kong (i.e. Code no. 001-003 of table 1 of the Candidates' Handbook) before deciding whether to approve the applications.

For the contents, eligibility, requirements of the approved courses, list of recognized institutions, syllabus and format, and the application procedure, please refer to the "Candidates' Handbook for the 2018 Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination".

Candidates must obtain a pass in Part I – Written Examination (both Paper 1 and Paper 2) before they are eligible for taking Part II – Clinical Examination. The result of a pass in the Written Examination may be retained for 5 years. (i.e. 5 years after the year of obtaining a pass). If a candidate cannot pass the Clinical Examination within 5 years, he must re-sit and pass the Written Examination (both Paper 1 and Paper 2) before he is eligible for undertaking the Clinical Examination again.

Starting from 2007, an applicant who applies to take the Written Examination for the first time* must enrol in both Paper 1 and Paper 2. A candidate who passes either of the two papers in 2007 or thereafter will be allowed to retain the pass result for 3 years and he may choose to make up the other paper. However, he must re-sit and pass the other paper within 3 years, otherwise he must re-sit the Written Examination (both Paper 1 and Paper 2). Other than re-sitting, an applicant must enrol in both Paper 1 and Paper 2. If a candidate enrols in both papers, the passing mark will be determined on the basis of the total score of the two papers or either paper. A candidate who passes both papers in a single examination, or passes both papers within a period of 3 years after 2007 would be regarded as having passed the Written Examination. An applicant applying to re-sit either paper of the Written Examination is required to pay the prescribed fee for the Written Examination.

(*The definitions of "taking the Written Examination for the first time" and "re-sitting the Written Examination" do not cover the attempts and the results obtained before 2007. Only those candidates who pass either of the two papers of the Written Examination in or after 2007 are eligible to re-sit the other paper.)

 

Appeal Hearing on the 2016 Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination Part II Clinical Examination Result

According to section 97 of the Chinese Medicine Ordinance, any person aggrieved by the decision of the Practitioners Board made regarding his application eligibility, examination result and certificate of Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination may, within 14 days of the receipt of the notification of the decision, or within such further time as the Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong (the Council) may in special circumstances allow, appeal against that decision to the Council in writing stating the reasons relied upon. In determining an appeal, the Council may invite the person concerned to give further representations in writing or in person. The procedures on appeal are listed out in part VI of Chinese Medicine Practitioners (Registration) Regulation. The Council may affirm, reverse or vary the decision appealed against and the decision made by the Council shall be final.

The judgements of appeal hearing held on 22 February 2017 concerning 2 cases on the 2016 Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination Part II Clinical Examination Result are as follow:

  1. Chinese Medicine Ordinance (Chapter 549, Laws of Hong Kong) Judgement of appeal hearing on 2016 Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination Part II Clinical Examination Result (appeal case 1) (Chinese version only)
    Display period: 31/3/2017 - 29/9/2017

  2. Chinese Medicine Ordinance (Chapter 549, Laws of Hong Kong) Judgement of appeal hearing on 2016 Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination Part II Clinical Examination Result (appeal case 2) (Chinese version only)
    Display period: 31/3/2017 - 29/9/2017

 

Appeal Hearing on the Application Result of the 2017 Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination

According to section 97 of the Chinese Medicine Ordinance, any person aggrieved by the decision of the Practitioners Board made regarding his application eligibility, examination result and certificate of Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination may, within 14 days of the receipt of the notification of the decision, or within such further time as the Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong (the Council) may in special circumstances allow, appeal against that decision to the Council in writing stating the reasons relied upon. In determining an appeal, the Council may invite the person concerned to give further representations in writing or in person. The procedures on appeal are listed out in part VI of Chinese Medicine Practitioners (Registration) Regulation. The Council may affirm, reverse or vary the decision appealed against and the decision made by the Council shall be final.

The judgements of appeal hearings held on 5 May 2017 concerning 4 cases on the application result of the 2017 Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination are as follow:

  1. Chinese Medicine Ordinance (Chapter 549, Laws of Hong Kong) Judgement of appeal hearing on the application result of 2017 Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination (appeal case 1) (Chinese version only)
    Display period: 3/7/2017 to 2/1/2018

  2. Chinese Medicine Ordinance (Chapter 549, Laws of Hong Kong) Judgement of appeal hearing on the application result of 2017 Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination (appeal case 2) (Chinese version only)
    Display period: 3/7/2017 to 2/1/2018

  3. Chinese Medicine Ordinance (Chapter 549, Laws of Hong Kong) Judgement of appeal hearing on the application result of 2017 Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination (appeal case 3) (Chinese version only)
    Display period: 3/7/2017 to 2/1/2018

  4. Chinese Medicine Ordinance (Chapter 549, Laws of Hong Kong) Judgement of appeal hearing on the application result of 2017 Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination (appeal case 4) (Chinese version only)
    Display period: 3/7/2017 to 2/1/2018

The judgements of appeal hearings held on 15 May 2017 concerning 3 cases on the application result of the 2017 Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination are as follow:

  1. Chinese Medicine Ordinance (Chapter 549, Laws of Hong Kong) Judgement of appeal hearing on the application result of 2017 Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination (appeal case 1) (Chinese version only)
    Display period: 10/7/2017 to 9/1/2018

  2. Chinese Medicine Ordinance (Chapter 549, Laws of Hong Kong) Judgement of appeal hearing on the application result of 2017 Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination (appeal case 2) (Chinese version only)
    Display period: 10/7/2017 to 9/1/2018

  3. Chinese Medicine Ordinance (Chapter 549, Laws of Hong Kong) Judgement of appeal hearing on the application result of 2017 Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination (appeal case 3) (Chinese version only)
    Display period: 10/7/2017 to 9/1/2018

 

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