REPORT ON THE 4TH EUROPEAN CONGRESS OF TCM (TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE; PRAGUE 30TH SEPTEMBER 04 TO 2ND OCTOBER 04. This Congress under the chair of The Czech Republic took place in Prague, with representation from several European and non European countries, notably Belgium, Bulgaria, The Czech Republic, China, Germany, Greece, Holland, Macedonia, Romania, Ireland, England, Germany, Denmark, Slovakia, Serbia, U.K., and Canada, Australia and the U.S and India.. Dr. Jozef Lucizy of The Czech Republic stood down as President, and Mr. Danny Van Laethem of Belgium took over for the new term. One of the principle functions of The General Assembly was to elect a new board and new working committees for Euro-TCM for 04/05 term. The new President is Danny Van Laethem from Belgium, Vice Presidents, Vera Djordjevic from Serbia, and Vita Revelli from Greece. The new committee heads were elected. Bernadette Ward of AFI Ireland was re elected as Chairperson of ECO-TCM, the Education Committee of Euro-TCM, Monique Hepsakker from Holland was elected as Chairperson of Pro-TCM, The committee for professional organisations. Anthony Hughes of ACMO, Ireland was re elected as treasurer for EuroTCM and will also sit on the examination committee. Rene Goris of Holland was re elected as monitor and auditor of all committee work. Petar Papuga was elected as Chairperson of Pearl with delegates from most member countries. Pearl members will now work on examination strategies and systems for the coming term of office. Dr Jozef Lucky and Wilfried Legein were elected as Advisory Board members The Board and general assembly accepted the TCM training programme core curriculum as designed by the Educational committee ECO under the chair of Bernadette Ward. This was designed with the Bologna agreement in mind using that system of grading, and quantifying each subject within the curriculum. The Bologna Declaration of 1999 was signed by all of our Education Ministers, accepting this system of quality assurance, course work measurement and grading, assessment and outcome measurement on the basis of life long learning. This has now become the interim training guide for Euro-TCM. Eco members will now work on discipline specific curricula, i.e. Herbology, Tuina, Qi Gong etc., which will attach to the core TCM curriculum, as all of these therapies are applied using the core TCM curriculum. The Professional Association committee (ProTCM) are currently working on a common code of ethics and practice for members to fit into the different national standard requirements. There were several excellent academic, clinical presentations, and TCM related workshops. The U.S.National Board of Acupuncture Examinations which is a government sponsored U.S. body addressed the Board on Assessment and Examination standards. Overall it was an excellent congress, of world class standard. Much work was done over the Congress weekend with a view to furthering professional learning and exchange within Europe and putting standards in place for Euro-TCM members within Europe.
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