A two day International Conclave on Traditional Medicine is being organized by the Department of AYUSH in collaboration with NISCAIR, CSIR on November 16 & 17, 2006. The Conclave will focus on the key issues of standardization, quality control and development of a regulatory approach for traditional medicine on the one hand and issues relating to market authorization and IPR protection of traditional medicine on the other. About 100 delegates from SAARC, APTMNET, BIMSTEC, IBSA Forum member countries and representatives of WHO, WIPO, APCTT and experts on various aspects of traditional medicine and IPR protection would participate in the conclave.
The Conclave would give a further boost to traditional medicine by involving participants from bio-diversity rich countries, which are the cradle of traditional medicine. Internationally recognized experts on various issues relating to traditional medicine as well as representatives of WHO, WIPO and APTMNET as also various institutions of AYUSH, CSIR, ICMR and AYUSH drug industry are participating in the Conclave. The recommendations of the Conclave are likely to be submitted to the inter Governmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore to be held at Geneva as well as the International Regulatory Cooperation in Herbal Medicines (IRCH) set up recently under the aegis of the WHO.
Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss will inaugurate the Conclave. Dr. Nityanand, former Director, Central Drugs Research Institute, Lucknow will deliver the keynote address.