Dear Department of Health,

I note that there is a publicly available registry of pharmaceutical products https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk/eps/do/en/...

I note also that Chinese medicines must also undergo registration and satisfy the same criteria of safety, quality and efficacy: http://www.legco.gov.hk/yr14-15/english/...

However I see also that there appears to be a sort of automatic registration for Chinese medicines that fit into various categories such as being made to ancient prescription: http://www.cmchk.org.hk/pcm/eng/#main_re...

Please can you tell me if there is a public registry of Chinese medicines similar to the searchable pharmaceutical registry and if so, please point me towards it. If there is no such registry, or if the registry does not provide information about the basis on which the medicine is registered, please would you provide a data table (preferably in CSV format) that lists all Chinese medicines registered in Hong Kong and whether they have been registered using the same 'safety, quality and efficacy' basis as pharmaceuticals or whether they have been registered using the systems of ancient, modified ancient or pharmacopoeia prescription etc as described in the link given above.

Many thanks for your time taken in this matter.

Yours faithfully,

Rob Davidson

Dear Mr Davidson,

Thank you for your email dated 30 November 2015 on requesting information
related to "Registered Chinese medicines".
Please be advised that your request is being processed and we will revert
to you as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,
(Miss Irene HO)
for Director of Health

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Dear Mr Davidson,

Thank you for your email dated 30 November 2015 requesting for data on
registered Chinese medicines.  

Further to our interim reply of 2 December 2015, a substantive reply is
provided below.

The Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong ("the Council"), a statutory
body established under the Chinese Medicine Ordinance (Cap. 549 of the
Laws of Hong Kong), is responsible for implementing regulatory measures
for Chinese medicine.  It is supported by the Chinese Medicine
Practitioners Board and the Chinese Medicines Board, and 8 committees have
been established under these two Boards. The main purpose for regulation
of Chinese medicine is to protect public health and consumers' rights and
to ensure the professional standard of Chinese medicine practice and the
trade of Chinese medicines through "self-regulation". The Chinese Medicine
Division of Department of Health ("DH") provides professional and
administrative support to the Council in devising and implementing
regulatory measures for Chinese medicine.

The system for registration of proprietary Chinese medicines (pCm) was
implemented in December 2003.  Any pCm manufactured, imported or possessed
in Hong Kong must be registered with the Chinese Medicines Board.  This
system is a very important measure in regulating the manufacture of pCm.
 It ensures the quality and efficacy of pCm, promote consumers' safe use
of pCm, and protects the health of the public.  The definition of a pCm is
set out in section 2 of the Chinese Medicine Ordinance.

Starting from November 2010, the Chinese Medicines Board has issued a
"Certificate of Registration of pCm" (which contains a registration number
of HKC-XXXXX) for product meeting the safety, quality and efficacy
requirements of the Chinese Medicines Board.  The list of applications
with "Certificate of Registration of pCm" is available in the website of
the Council ([1]www.cmchk.org.hk).  A hyperlink is provided for easy
access: [2]http://www.cmchk.org.hk/pcm/eng/#main_li...

All enquiries to the Council can be addressed to The Chinese Medicine
Council Secretariat at 22/F, Wu Chung House, 213 Queen's Road East, Wan
Chai, Hong Kong (email address: [email address]).  

Yours sincerely,
(Miss Irene HO)
for Director of Health

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Dear Department of Health,

Thank you for your substantive reply to my request for information on registered pCM in Hong Kong.

Although the hyperlink that you provided, linking to the list of registered compounds, was very useful it failed to provide me with the information that I requested. I had been hoping for such a list but with the added information detailing the basis for the registration in each case. Specifically, it seems that there are 3 types of registration (group 1, 2 and 3) and that they have differing requirements. The layout of information on the Chinese Medicine Council's website is extremely difficult to follow but I suspect that one of those groups (perhaps group 1) have less stringent requirements for registration due to being considered 'well established medicines'. I am keen to see which registered pCM products are registered via this less stringent pathway.

Please can you provide this data (a list of registered pCM that includes the details of their registration type)? Or, if the Chinese Medicine Council has their own FOI contact, please can you provide me their details? Many thanks for your time taken in this request.

Yours faithfully,

Rob Davidson

Dear Mr Davidson,

Thank you for your email dated 28 December 2015 on the above subject.  

As mentioned in my earlier reply dated 14 December 2015, the Chinese
Medicine Council of Hong Kong ("the Council") is a statutory body
established under the Chinese Medicine Ordinance (Cap. 549 of the Laws of
Hong Kong).  For direct contact with the Secretariat of the Council, you
may address your email request to: [email address].  

Yours sincerely,
(Miss Irene HO)
for Director of Health
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