Lobby within the EU
We lobby for the common interests of our members by getting a voice on relevant EU committees and forums concerned with complementary therapies. This way we can inform and educate decision makers on policy and provision, with particular reference to TCM therapies.
Gerd Ohmstede (D), Wang Weixiang (NL)
Mission and vision
The advocacy team transports for ETCMA the achievements of the inner structure, strategy and policy to the outside, firstly directly to the health political level of the EU as well as to CAM partner organizations. Secondly to WHO headquarters T&CM section in Geneva. Thirdly to organizations of the other continents.
It is the way through the institutions to transport what are the achievements of TCM/acupuncture, which is the strength and are the possibilities of our medicine in the health care system. And it is the way of networking to tie our strengths and combine forces.
The EU is the most important big institution. The other big health care institution is WHO, especially the T&CM unit (Traditional and Complementary medicine) with which we have since 3 year a continuous exchange. Since this year we are involved in the ICD-11 TM chapter process to implement a clear definition of TCM terms: as part of the 10 year strategy for traditional medicine which was adopted by WHA 2014.
The advocacy subcommission stands also for contacting TCM/acupuncture societies in Europe to show the possibilities capabilities and network of ETCMA which could represent and support them well and effectively like the other member societies already experience since 13 years. Political and structural engagement is one of the main tasks a tcm society has. We have to prepare our members for a bright future but we have to work on it: flow of information, improvement of professional administration.
Networking in Europe is the most important activity but we also should extend and develop our network to China/Asia seriously to promote the flow of information, of scientific input, to gain more strength. Also the relation to North America and Australia is important and growing where TCM integration into the health system is far developed. We re-invent the wheel? We can share experience and knowhow, develop political strategies and support our great medicine that way.
As a lobbying team we need money. Funding is a continoius task and we are connecting to tcm institutions world wide.