Regulation of Chinese Medicine Practitioners > Transitional arrangements for registration of Chinese medicine practitioners

Under section 90 of the Chinese Medicine Ordinance, a person who was practising Chinese medicine in Hong Kong on 3 January 2000 could submit an application to the Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board of the Chinese Medicine Council within the period of 16 August 2000 to 30 December 2000 to become a listed Chinese medicine practitioner under the transitional arrangements. Upon application, the applicant may continue practising Chinese medicine until his name is being removed from the List of listed Chinese medicine practitioners, his application for registration is refused or until a date as may be specified by the Secretary for Food and Health. The List of Listed Chinese Medicine Practitioners is available in the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Kegion Gazette published on 21 December 2001 and this homepage.

 

Alternative qualifying requirements

The Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board will conduct alternative qualifying assessments for all listed Chinese medicine practitioners. Based on the information submitted by the applicants when they applied for listed Chinese medicine practitioners, the Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board will determine by which of the following means the applicants can apply to be registered Chinese medicine practitioners under sections 92 to 95 of the Chinese Medicine Ordinance -

  1. Applicants, who had been practising Chinese medicine in Hong Kong continuously for at least 15 years immediately before 3 January 2000, shall be exempted from the Licensing Examination and the Registration Assessment and can apply to be registered Chinese medicine practitioners directly;

  2. Applicants, who had been practising Chinese medicine in Hong Kong continuously for less than 15 years but at least 10 years immediately before 3 January 2000 and have obtained academic qualifications in practising Chinese medicine acceptable to the Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board, shall be exempted from the Licensing Examination and the Registration Assessment and can apply to be registered Chinese medicine practitioners directly;

  3. Applicants, who had been practising Chinese medicine in Hong Kong continuously for less than 15 years but at least 10 years immediately before 3 January 2000 and have not obtained academic qualifications in practising Chinese medicine acceptable to the Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board, shall pass the Registration Assessment before they are qualified to apply for registration. Applicants who fail the Registration Assessment have to take the Licensing Examination;

  4. Applicants, who had been practising Chinese medicine in Hong Kong continuously for less than 10 years immediately before 3 January 2000 and have obtained academic qualifications in practising Chinese medicine acceptable to the Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board, shall pass the Registration Assessment before they are qualified to apply for registration. Applicants who fail the Registration Assessment have to take the Licensing Examination;

  5. Applicants, who had been practising Chinese medicine in Hong Kong continuously for less than 10 years immediately before 3 January 2000 and have not obtained the academic qualifications in practising Chinese medicine acceptable to the Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board, shall pass the Licensing Examination before they are qualified to apply for registration.

 

Licensing Examination

According to the Chinese Medicine Ordinance, a listed Chinese medicine practitioner under the transitional arrangements is required to undertake the Licensing Examination after his qualifications and practising experience in Chinese medicine have been assessed by the Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board.

"The Candidates' Handbook for the Chinese Medicine Praititioners Licensing Examination" (Chinese version only) can be downloaded from this homepage and is available at the Secretariat of the Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong. It can also be obtained by fax through the Telephone Hotline System (2574 9999) of the Chinese Medicine Division of the Department of Health.

 

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