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5th India-Malaysia bilateral meeting on cooperation in Traditional Medicine

New Delhi, Jan 10 (UNI) Setting up of an Ayurveda chair in University of UTAR in Malaysia and providing professional training in Panchakarma therapy for Malaysian experts in India were among the issues discussed at the 5th bilateral meeting on cooperation in the field of Traditional Systems of Medicine between India and Malaysia held here on Wednesday.

The meeting also considered evaluation of safety and efficacy of combination Ayurvedic/traditional products for clinical trials, safety evaluation of Ayurvedic products based on Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and registration of homeopathic practitioner and their capacity building module in Malaysia.

Mr Pramod Kumar Pathak, Joint Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH presided over the meeting from the Indian side while Malaysia was represented by its Deputy Director General Health (Medical), Ministry of Health Malaysia.

Also on the agenda in Wednesday's 5th Bilateral Technical Meeting was entering into a bilateral MoU between National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB), Ministry of AYUSH and Malaysia for cooperation in the field of medicinal plants.

The Malaysian side briefed about recent development in the field of traditional medicine in their country. It was informed that Traditional and Complementary Medicine (T&CM) Council has been constituted to overlook various activities related to T&CM Systems of Medicine. They evinced keen desire for capacity building programmes for their experts in India to understand analytical parameters with regard to Indian medicine and for Panchkarma courses being conducted in India.

The AYUSH Ministry, which highlighted the issues of registration of AYUSH practitioners and products in Malaysia, was informed that there exists robust system of regulation in the country for AYUSH product, practices and providers in India which could be shared with the Malaysian side for reference purpose. Ministry intends to enhance cooperation for designing and developing the policies and strategies in the field of Traditional Medicine in Malaysia.

AYUSH Secretary Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha in his closing remarks welcomed any initiative from the Malaysian side for promotion and propagation of traditional systems of medicine and homeopathy and said the Ministry of AYUSH was ready to offer its full support, an official statement here said.
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