Published: Wednesday June 27, 2012 MYT 12:15:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday June 27, 2012 MYT 12:16:10 PM
Bill to regulate alternative medicine industry tabled
By MARTIN CARVALHO
KUALA LUMPUR: The Traditional and Complementary Bill was tabled in the Dewan Rakyat to better regulate the growing alternative medicine industry.
Among them is the formation of Traditional and Complementary Medicine Council responsible for establishing eligibility of a practice area, registering individual providing such services and issuing practising certificates.
The 22-member council, to be headed by a Director-General, would also be responsible for developing a code of professional conduct and rules relating to the profession and to hear complains.
A person who practices in a non recognised area will be subject to a maximum RM30,000 fine, two years jail or both upon conviction.
A maximum fine of RM50,000, three years jail or both upon conviction for repeat offenders.
The same penalties apply to unregistered practitioners.
It will also make it a duty for practitioners to refer a patient for medical or dental practitioner if sudden acute medical emergency occurs which is beyond his skills.
A recognised practitioner is also prohibited from making spurious or misleading claims with regard to curative treatment or properties of medication.
The practitioner may be liable to a maximum RM30,000 fine, two years jail or both and RM50,000 fine, three years jail or both for repeat offense.