1.Terms of the WHO Center: The Institute of Chinese Materia Medica, China Academy of Chinese Medicine Sciences was designated as the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Traditional Medicine in 1983. Since then, the institute has served 10 terms continually, and the current term is from 2020 to 2024.
2.The Terms of References Entrusted by WHO
2.1 On WHO’s request, provide technical inputs and expertise to WHO and its Member States on quality control and safety of Traditional Chinese Medicine
2.2 At WHO’s request, provide technical inputs on identification and quality control study for medicinal plants selected under WHO International Herbal Pharmacopeia (IHP) project
2.3 At WHO’s request, gather and develop technical inputs on use of Chinese materia medica in infectious diseases to contribute to TCI database
3.Major Achievements of the Center during the Past Terms
3.1 The center has carried out series studies of artemisinin actively and provided professional supports and technical inputs for WHO’ anti-malaria research globally;
3.2 To fulfill the terms of references for WHO collaborating center, it wrote the first and second editions of Medicinal Plant in China, The Guideline for Safe Use of Chinese Materia Medica, The Guideline of DNA Barcoding for Traditional Herbal Medicine and Safety of Chinese Materia Medica, etc. Among them, the first edition of Medicinal Plant in China was published by WHO formally.
3.3 The center organized numerous high level international academic conferences supported by WHO, such as “ WHO Forum on Utilization of artemisinins” and “ WHO Forum on Quality Control for Chinese Materia Medica”, etc.
3.4 The center has organized professional training courses for 150 international scholars in 52 groups dispatched by WHO and WPRO, from Malaysia, Vietnam, DPRK, India, Myanmar, Cambodia, Lao, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Ethiopia etc. Entrusted by Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Science and Technology P.R.C. , the center has trained 376 traditional medicine experts and officers from 68 developing countries.
3.5 On requests of WHO, the center has sent more than 30 experts to take part in international academic meetings or deliver professional presentations globally, participating in discussion and constitution of long-term developing plans, key projects, international policies and laws for WHO and WPRO.
4.The Implementation and Achievement of WHO Projects
4.1 Medical Plants in China, written by the center, was WHO project 1986/1987. It was an English Monograph of the most commonly used 150 Chinese materia medica, with colorful pictures taken under natural conditions. The center fulfilled English manuscript of the monograph at the end of 1986. The monograph was published in 1990, supported by WHO and put on well-sale all over the world. Italian edition of the monograph was published in 1995; after that, it was reprinted in the second edition in English in 1998.
4.2 The center fulfilled the project: “The Serial Study and Clinical Application of New Anti-malaria drug Dihydro-Qinghaosu”, as 1996/1997 WHO project. During this period, the center carried out serial study and popularization of Dihydro-Qinghaosu, as well as organized “The Forum for Application of New Medicines from Qinghaosu Family”;
4.3 The center wrote The Guideline on the Safe Utilization of Traditional Chinese Medicine, as the 2002/2003 WHO project. The monograph contained 160 Chinese materia medica with their colorful pictures and instructions both in English and Chinese.
4.4 In 2005, the center compiled The Guidelines of Chinese Herb Seed Standards, as 2004/2005 Projects of WHO.
4.5 The center fulfilled “Protection and Utilization of Germplasm of Important Medicinal Plants” as 2006/2007 WHO project. Besides organizing “Forum of Measures for Protection and Utilization of Germplasm of Important Medicinal Plants”, the center also finished the report with same title of the forum.
4.6 The center implemented “The Collation and Popularization of Simple, Convenient and Fast Identification Techniques of Chinese Medicinal Materials” as 2010/2011 WHO project. The project collected and collated 100 commonly used simple, convenient and fast identification methods of Chinese medicinal materials, wrote training book, organized training course for participators of traditional Chinese medicine, popularized selected methods and techniques and achieved expected targets.
Scientific Achievements and New Drug Development
Medal of the Republic of China 1
Nobel Prize in Medicine 1
Lasker~Debakey Clinical Medicine Research Award (U.S.A.) 1
Warren Alpert Foundation Prize (U.S.A.) 1
UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences 1
National Scientific and Technological Achievements 24
Ministerial and Bureau Scientific and Technological Achievements 79
Academic Scientific and Technological Achievements of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences 183
Intellectual Property Rights 87
Traditional Chinese Medicine Books 230
New Medicines 33
Academic Papers 5431