CMIC Highlights

Year 2018

As a committee member,Max Ma raised the concerns and opposed for draft standards for some of Chinese Materia Medica in relating to the proposed storage condition of below 20ˇăc or 25ˇăc with a maximum shelf life of 36 months from the whole supply chain from CMM to Yin Pian.

Dr Yifang Yang and Dr Max Ma received a TV interview in SITCM from Chanel 7 for comments on today's newspaper heading - "Doctors horrified by bizarre TGA list (of indications)",and followed by giving them a 9 points of CMIC position.

Max Ma participated HE031 meeting under ISO/TC 249 for the standardization of TCM.

CMIC board meeting was held in Sydney.

CMIC CPD course was held in SITCM

CMIC received TGA's response of appreciation for comprehensive TCM permissible indications list,and further clarification of criteria of inclusion.

Max Ma participated "The Theme Day of Chinese medicine service and the Overseas Chinese medicine Forum" in Beijing,and presented a speech.

An casual meeting with A/Prof CG Li for the possibility of collaboration with NICM in quality monitoring and assay of CHM products in Australia,aiming to promote the positive image and confidence of TCM products suppliers.

CMIC CPD course was given in SITCM

CMIC Board meeting was held in Sydney,and Director Gary Wu was promoted as the Vice President of CMIC.

Max Ma participated 3rd CMBA Reference Group meeting in Melbourne,and given an industry update and proposal for applicable code of Good Wholesaling Practice for prospected Ma Huang and Fu Zi.

CMIC requested CMBA to unify the Chinese title for Chinese herbal dispenser.

Year 2017

Held a meeting with regulation Manager and Director of Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) for the concerns and issues that TCM industry faced.

Max Ma representing CMIC attended the first CMBA Reference Group meeting in Melbourne,and at the meeting Mr Ma raised the Top 5 barrier issues for the Chinese medicine supply and Top 5 barrier issues for the Chinese medicine practice in Australia.

Max Ma and SL Tam attended a welcome meeting in Sydney for Mdm Qiu yuanping,Top Official of the Overseas Chinese office of China National Council and reported the major issues /problems the TCM industry faced.

Max Ma and Gary Wu,representing CMIC attended the TGA industrial consultation workshop for the new reform of complementary medicines and devices. At the meeting,CMIC was assigned to draft and submit a proposal for the new pathway for the intermediate level of indication of products from the TCM perspective.

Max Ma representing CMIC attended the official banquet for receiving Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

A joint farewell function for Counsellor Jin Zhiyong under the name of CMIC,CMASA,and FCMA NSW and a warm welcome for Counsellor LU Ping.

CMIC CPD seminar was held in SITCM

CMIC CPD seminar was held in SITCM

Max Ma received a visit and survey from Commercial and Economic Counsellor Mdm Wang Hongbo and her team members. During the meeting,Mr Ma shared the views of CMIC on major issues that the TCM industry faced and suggested it would be better and more efficient if there is a regular government to government talks and address the particular issues and find solutions to the difficulties the industry encountered to benefit both countries. CMIC would be happy to provide a professional consultation on a fair basis.

CMIC board meeting was held in Sydney.

Max Ma attended the 2nd CMBA Reference group meeting in Sydney for the current status of quality control in terms of CMM and Decoction pieces (Yin Pian) from overseas to Australian market,and urged the issue of scheduled herbs Ma Huang and Fu Zi should be listed on the CMBA's agenda for application of re-scheduling for the access by registered Chinese medicine practitioners,as well as in listed medicines for practitioners use.

Max Ma participated an expanded consultation meeting hosted by the CMBA in Melbourne,and reached an agreement from various TCM associations in one voice to prepare an official proposal by the involvement of all participating associations including CMIC for the access of Ma Huang and Fu Zi.

On behalf of CMIC,Max Ma participated a routine tele-conference with members of HE-031,ISO/TC 249 for the standardization of TCM matter.

CMIC AGM and full day CPD course was held in Sydney.

Max Ma met with Dr L. Fang,researcher and educator of Nanjing University of TCM for the matter of preparing and translating of CMIC's submission relating to the TGA consultation on "permissible indications for listed medicines" which was scheduled to close on 31/10/17.

On behalf of CMIC,Max Ma drafted the specific re-scheduling proposal for the wordings of S1 and adopted by the drafting committee as an Appendix to the overall submission to CMBA.

CMIC President Max Ma and Director Mr Gary Wu went to Shanghai for the nearly 5000 TCM people's gathering and development forum,during which Mr Ma gave a presentation to the international delegates for Australian TCM market and regulations for listed medicine and was elected and appointed as the Vice Chairman of the "World Federation of Chinese Medicine Trade service".

After consultation and collaboration with experts from Fujian University of Traditional Medicine and Nanjing University of Traditional Medicine,Dr Max Ma lodged the CMIC submission to TGA for the comprehensive indications based on various TCM pattern differentiations combined with body locations.

CMIC Scientific advisor Prof Daniel Sze and Legal Advice James Hui,on behalf of CMIC,lodged a submission to TGA on "Consultation: Business process improvements supporting complementary medicines assessment pathways".

On behalf of CMIC,President Max Ma and Vice President Yifan Yang attended the signing ceremony at USW TCM Centre collaborated between NICM and CACMS.

Year 2016

President max ma was interviewed by TVB Australia for the above issue,and made further clarifications.

(Second day of Chinese new year),Max Ma,SL Tam and Tony Reid flied to Canberra to meet the TGA National Manager John Skerritt and his team (total 5 delegates) for CMIC concerns on some key issues: ACE (annual charge exemption) replacing LVT scheme resulting triple increase of annual cost for listed Chinese medicines; new request to declaring "Thujone" and "Coumarin"; proposed to de-list "guan zhong" and "xiang jia pi" from permissible ingredients list.

CMIC held a meeting with consulate Jin zhiyong in the consulate-general of the people's republic of China in Sydney showing CMIC's concerns for the new challenges and unnecessary barriers.

CMIC released a public letter against the ABC released news alleging more than 50% of CHM are unqualified,and stating the study was unqualified and unconvincing due to over 65% samples assayed were illegal products.

CMIC held a top level meeting with AACMA in UTS,CMIC Max Ma,AACMA CEO Charles Hardy,AACMA director Kerry Watson ,A/prof Chris Zaslawski (Observer) presented and shared a view on how could together promote the quality TCM practice in Australia.

A meeting with UTS researcher for the basic criteria of TGA listing products against research data/findings.

CMIC hosted a TCM business summit between Australia and China,delegated by a team of 28 industrial experts from China Chamber of commerce for import & export of medicines and health products.

Participating CMBA's roadshow in Sydney for safe practice of Chinese medicine.

CMIC co-hosting an educational CPD seminar in Ashfied for using manufactured Chinese herbal medicines.

Participating an opening ceremony of "Australian Chinese medicine centre",co-founded by UWS and BUCM.

CMIC hosted a full day CPD seminar with AGM for new guideline of safe practice of Chinese medicine,new guideline of health record,and training of pinyin for meeting compulsory requirement of writing herbal names in prescriptions. A panel discussion /debate on "do you agree the concern that Chinese medicine practice will die from Chinese herbal medicine?"

Dr. Max Ma,President of CMIC,was appointed as a Reference Group Member of CMBA

Invited by "China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Medicines and Health Products",Dr Max Ma,on behalf of CMIC,went to Guangzhou China Export Commodity Trade Fair and gave a presentation for Australian legislations and regulatory framework in relation to the listed Chinese medicine in Australia.

Year 2015

CMIC board meeting decided to prepare a submission to TGA as invited on Complementary Medicine system review and adopted the Code of Ethics for Chinese medicine industry of Australia: "Customer Centered,honest and careful,being fair in trade,prevent counterfeit,good communication and respect fellow traders"

CMIC lodged submission to TGA for the review of Australian Complementary medicine system and made 9 recommendations.

As invited,Dr Jeff Song,representing CMIC president to give a talk on how herbal medicines to be registered and listed in Australia to Jilin Hi-tech delegates at economic and commercial office of Sydney conciliate ¨Cgeneral of the PRC.

81. 20/5/15,Together with CMBA,FCMA,CMIC Director Gary Wu attended the face-to-face discussion in Melbourne held by the TGA for the submissions lodged.

Max Ma wrote a letter to TGA expressing the concerns for the newly proposed ACE (Annual Charge Exemption) scheme.

Max Ma had a phone discussion with CMA (CHC) regulatory manager to raise CMIC concerns for the ACE.

CMIC board meeting decided to lodge comprehensive submission against the ACE scheme which is not fair for CM industry and imposed a threat for the product availability and affordability.

Immediate after board meeting,Max Ma visited community leader H. Chen to seek advice and support for the ACE issue.

Max Ma was invited by CMBA to give further consultation on the revised draft guideline for safe practice of Chinese medicine in Australia.

a meeting with CMIC legal advisor and Chinese community leader S. Wong was held to discuss the strategy and major points for the submission on ACE.

Max Ma had a meeting with Australian Self-medication Industry (ASMI) regulatory Director and Technical Manager to report the difficulties & challenges that Chinese medicine industry faced from the ACE scheme and seek understanding and support.

board meeting to discuss the position on CMBA's draft guideline on health record keeping,and finalised the upcoming CPD training topics,approved Y15 financial report and the agenda of AGM 2015.

CMIC legal adviser issued a letter to the TGA with further information and evidences for the need to review the ACE scheme and seek appropriate solutions.

CMIC lodged a submission ti the CMBA for the draft guideline of health record keeping.

A whole day CPD seminar with 8 hot topics was held in Marigold,Sydney together with AGM 2015.

At 280 pitt st,Sydney,CMIC hosted a CMBA meeting with industrial representatives including Max Ma,President of CMIC ,Dr Kevin Chang,president of NSW Chinese medicine association,Rose Chan,president of ATCMA,Jack Jianhua Zheng,President of CMASA. Debra Gillick and Dr Anne Fletcher of CMBA gave a final discussion about the guideline of safe practice of Chinese medicine in Australia.

Receiving the CATCM delegation of 18 people headed by Fang shuting and held a " International exchange and cooperation of Chinese medicine (Australia) Forum. Max Ma,Mr Tran,Dr Yifanyang,Mr SL Tam,Jenny Tong,Stephen Yick,Jeff Song presented for CMIC ,Dr Kevin Chang,and Vice President Jerry MinXing Xie representing NSW association of TCM.

Max Ma representing CMIC attended the Medicine and Medical device Review Meeting hosted by the Ministry of Health in CBD campus of UNSW from 10 am to 4 pm. This is to discuss the 2nd draft plan for the reform of Australian regulatory system for Complementary medicines.

ABC release shocking news that a study from 4 universities revealed 50% of Chinese herbal medicine in Australia cannot meet the Australian standard,90% are not fit for human consumption. Immediately CMIC consulted its scientific advisors and found errors and mis-leadings exist in the study,and found that out of 26 samples tested,17 were illegal products.

CMIC release an official announcement stating the fact we found in the media.

Year 2014

CMIC lodge 2nd submission to TGA on coded indication reform.

CMIC lodge submission paper to CMBA on preliminary consultation for proposed guidelines on safe practice of Chinese medicines.

Max Ma attended tele-conference with HE 031 under ISO/TC 249 for the international standard of Chinese medicine.

After several times consultation with legal adviser James Hui and accountant Raymond Luo,CMIC lodged tax return 14 April 2014 for previous years and all cleared with ATO.

On behalf of CMIC,Gary Wu attended the preparation conference in Shanghai for world federation of Chinese medicine dealers.

As the proxy of Max Ma,Mr Gary Wu attended the tele-conference of HE 013 under ISO/TC 249 for international standards of Chinese medicines.

As proxy of Max Ma Ms Brigitte Linder attended the tele-conference of HE 031 under ISO/TC 249 for the international standards of Chinese medicines.

Attending CMBA seminar in UTS seeking clarification for one issue raised by CMIC members that if Profession Indemnity Insurance (PII) could be replaced by company public liability insurance for dispensers due to no consulting fee charged on consumers. And the answers was "no".

CMIC board meeting was held in Sydney to discuss the position on CMBA's draft guideline for safe Chinese medicine practice together with decisions on the plan for AGM 2014.

CMIC lodge official submission on the public consultation for the draft guideline for safe Chinese medicine practice in Australia.

Ms Debra Gillick,CMBA Executive officer was invited by CMIC and attended a CMIC-CMBA joint meeting in Sydney addressing some major concerns from the industry for the proposed guideline for safe Chinese medicine practice,especially in terms of nomenclature in writing prescription,labelling requirement for dispensing,etc.

CMIC board meeting was held for directorship matters,new appointment,and upcoming AGM and CPD seminar.

From 9:00 am to 10:00 pm,CPD seminar,AGM,Debate on TCM issues and celebrating moon cake festive and 5th anniversary of CMIC.

Year 2013

CMIC submitted its feedback to CITES on their proposal and suggests deleting XI YANG SHEN,TIAN MA,SHI HU.

CMIC write to CMBA for the Chinese version of SUSMP for the term of Mu Fang Ji,Changpu,and suggest CMBA to initiate a move to the matter of scheduled herbs of MA HUANG ,FU ZI,XI XIN,KUAN DONG HUA,LUO BU MA,KU LIAN PI,HUA MA REN.

Board meeting on TGA consultation paper for coded indication of listed medicines.

CMIC lodge its submission on coded indication reform plan.

CMIC CPD course on Chinese herbal medicines held in SITCM.

CMIC lodged its submission on scheduling review and suggesting ACCM should be included as an advisor for plant scheduling.

After liaising with the insurance company,further notified members that Insurance House Group as a Professional Indemnity Cover provider who provide the cover of the new modality of Chinese herbal dispenser.

On behalf of CMIC,max ma attended the stakeholders forum on scheduling review held by the Scheduling Review Taskforce ,Office of Chemical Safety / Office of Health Protection ,Department of Health and Ageing.

Writes to TGA requesting a straightforward/specific figure of standard for heavy metals and pesticide residue for CHM and Chinese herbs in Australia.

Received TGA reply for the standard of heavy metal and pesticide that referred to the general monograph BP /Eur P for herbal material and ARGCM Part 3 (View) parts 4.5 and 4.6 for listed medicines.

CMIC lodged a consultation response as invited by CITES Australia for Rhino horn.

CMIC board meeting decided to initiate a move for a submission on scheduled herbs via broad consultation from a summit meeting together with AGM 2013 and CPD course to be held on 20 Sept 2013.

CMIC board meeting reviewed the progress of the preparation of summit and agreed with the draft proposal of rescheduling plan for summit discussion.

CMIC summit meeting on scheduled herbs,AGM and CPD course held from 1:00 pm to 10 pm at Auburn RSL club.

CMIC reps participate the celebration on Pro Alan Bensoussan for his achievement as recognised global impact person on the research and practice of Chinese medicine with the international award by the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies.

Sept 2012 to Sept 2013
Max Ma actively involved as a member of the Australia mirror committee (HE031) for the international standard Drafting & Assessment of TCM (TC249).

On behalf of CMIC,max ma was invited to attend the annual conference of ASMI.

TGA- CMIC consultation meeting was held in Sydney for the proposed change on coded indications.

Year 2012

On behalf of CMIC,the president wrote emails to CMBA expressing some concerns and seeks clarification for the National Registration Standard of Chinese Herbal Dispensers.

Lodged submission to the Chinese Medicine Board of Victoria regarding the Draft Guidelines on Scheduled herb training.

CMIC lodge a submission for PILLs new standard in TGO78,focusing on the unique dosage form in Chinese medicine,stressing it is different to the dosage form of tablets and requires different standard such as "limit of disintegration time".

Lodged submission to the Chinese Medicine Board of Victoria for the "draft policy on general registration in the division of Chinese herbal dispenser".

Two times of Directors Tele-meeting were held with related members and stakeholders discussing the concerns and issues for the proposed reform for evidence change for listed products.

Welcomes AQIS's move to relax the restriction in the importation of Wu Ling Zhi,etc,and the president received interviews by the Daily Telegraph and ABC radio.

Directors tele-meeting held finalising some important issues related to the industry.

CMIC lodged submission to TGA regarding the proposed change for evidence required for listed medicines.

CMIC lodged its Submission for TGA Medicine labelling and Packaging Review Consultation Paper (MLAPRCP)

CMIC held "the Australian National Forum of Chinese herbal dispensers and Chinese medicine suppliers" at Auburn,Sydney. Representatives from CMBA /ARPRA,NSW Chinese medicine council,AACMA,FCMA NSW,AUCMP,UTS,UWS,University of Sydney,SITCM and CMIC made their informative and practical speech,followed by the AGM.

CMIC held meeting with the research team headed by Prof Kelvin Chan,Join Chair of Chinese medicine unit of University of Western Sydney and the University of Sydney,for the proposed research program of survey of Australian Chinese medicine supply.

CMIC lodged submission to TGA regarding the proposed change for evidence required for listed medicines (round 2).

CMIC board meeting held at 125 Rowe St,Eastwood,NSW deciding the formation and the appointment for five working groups to better promote the business of CMIC during the new term.

CMIC released its revised constitution in line with the resolution passed from the AGM on 16/9/12

As a representative of CMIC,max ma attended the ASMI conference in Olympic park.

Max Ma write an email to TGA clarify the issue of Prunus spp. (tao ren,xing ren,wu mei) and request to view the current restrictive policy on listed herbal medicine that contain such ingredient(s).

Max Ma writes a letter to ATO for the application of a concession charity status for CMIC.

CMIC received the declined decision from ATO for the tax concession due to no evidence showing that CMIC is exclusively for the interest of public or poverty.

CITES seek consultation from CMIC on the proposed change on appendix on Australian species.

Year 2011

Directors meeting in SITCM discussing the matter of Chinese medicine standardization (ISO/TC249) ,Max Ma was appointed as the member of Australian Mirror Committee (HE031) for ISO/TC249. Also,manufacturer's burden in auditing fees from TGA was discussed and agreed the frequency of auditing to be extended to 3-5 years for low risked medicine should be recommended;

CMIC Lodged submission to the Chinese Medicine Board of Victoria regarding the Draft Guidelines on Scheduled herb training.

Lodge a submission to NRAS 2010 Project Team for the formation of Chinese Medicine Board of Australia.

Lodged submission to the Chinese Medicine Board of Victoria for the "draft policy on general registration in the division of Chinese herbal dispenser".

President Max Ma visited AQIS and CITES in Canberra,exchanged the views and raised some concerns on major issues from the industry.

Directors meeting in Shuxiang fang Spacy restaurant reviewing the past business and discussing current affairs and issues.

Lodged submission on the National Mandatory Registration Standards and the Grandparenting Arrangements.

Held "Australian Chinese Medicine Development and Chinese Herbal Dispensary Registration Forum" in Sydney,from where AQIS representatives -Ms Sophie Angus (plant operation),Mr Andrew Lieschke and Ms Jo Haley (Animal Division),CMBA Executive Officer Ms Debra Gillick,and Ms Nina Thappa,Director of CITES and its Policy officer Ms Melina Pearce ,Ms Judy James,CEO of AACMA gave their speeches.

Discussed and confirmed with Dr George Li,Chinese herbal medicine researcher of the University of Sydney,for the CMIC encouraged direction of a research program in prohibited and restricted Chinese herbs with toxic issues in Australia,aiming to provide evidence based consultation to the government to better manage the current practice,and in turn to benefit the public patient.

Year 2010

Max Ma JP and Dr Danform Lim JP held several meetings regarding to the management structure of CMIC as well as to discuss on the formation of various committees within CMIC.

CMIC Honorary,scientific and business affairs advisory committees were formed.

CMIC establishment luncheon and press conference were held in Sydney.

CMIC response for the imbalanced and misled media report of lethal warning on CHM.

CMIC participated the TCM forum for CHM standardization in UTS and raised the major issues that have been effected the industry.

CMIC lodged 2nd submission to TGA on licorice issue.

CMIC established a direct relationship with CITES senior officers.

CMIC joined the panel discussion on CHM regulatory and standardization issues at AACMAC 2010 Adelaide.

CMIC established a formal relationship with ASMI via a meeting with the Regulatory and technical Manger Dr Ruth Kendon.

CMIC lodged 3rd submission to TGA for excipients change in ATRG listing fee issue.

2nd CMIC and ASMI senior level meetings was held in ASMI's office in North Sydney.

CMIC first AGM held.

Celebrating the Yan Emperor's birthday,promothing the scheme of "Emerging Chinese Herbs into Life".

CMIC received TGA's final decision for the managing solution for the species of Carthumas tinctorius flower (Hong Hua). This is a good move from the government and a good example of a successful lobby done by CMIC via evidence-based research. It's a significant and positive impact to both of the industry and the public.

Year 2009

Max Ma JP and Judy James (CEO of AACMA) held a meeting with OCM of TGA in Canberra,expressed the strong concerns from the industry on recent proposed recall and restriction of Carthurmas flower contained herbal medicines; On the same day,visited CHC in Canberra and exchanged views with Dr Wendy Morrow on common issues that effected the industry.

CMIC was officially formed via passing the constitution from the members conference.

Registration was proved and granted by ASIC as a non-profitable organization.

CMIC lodged the first submission to TGA for the position on Carthumas flower issue.

CMIC board meeting was held for their business plan guidelines and directors' role were assigned.

 Event Notice

Annual CPD day and AGM


Time : 9:00am - 17:30pm CPD (8hrs);
17:30-18:00 AGM (current members only)

Date : Sunday, 30/09/2018

Venue : Marigold Citymark (683-689 George St, Haymarket NSW 2000)

Fee charge : $50 Members; $80 non-members (including working lunch)

For wholesale/retail and business members, if you would like to join the sponsorship plan, please click here to find the attachment for more information.

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