3rd World TCM & Acupuncture Forum

25-26 September, 2020 - Amsterdam, the Netherlands


World TCM Forum

World TCM Forum is established and registered on 19 May 2016 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The Forum is a global TCM organization based on the WeChat platform and information technology. The Forum has attracted TCM professionals worldwide and has now formed 21 academic WeChat groups and several specific WeChat groups, with a total of more than 10,000 members from more than 80 countries and regions. The management board is composed of 290 members from 5 continents. Seven academicians, TCM masters, and experts serve as senior academic advisors to the Forum.

Organization of the Forum

The objectives of the Forum are to unite TCM professionals worldwide in promoting TCM and serving the need of healthcare of local people.

The Forum serves first and foremost as the platform for TCM academic and information exchange to improve the clinical skills of overseas TCM practitioners. The forum brought together a large number of academic elites in Chinese medicine and acupuncture field at home and abroad. There are hundreds of people with senior professional titles or Ph.D. degrees. Many of them are students of National masters of TCM or students of academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Some of them are inventors of special acupuncture therapy. The predecessors and some of the current leaders of the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the leaders of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies and the leaders of the World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies also gathered in this forum. The Forum has so far organized more than 250 TCM academic lectures,42 weekend online gatherings and 16 concerts. The Forum has also launched the online radio program “World TCM Forum News”.

The Forum is also the platform to discuss strategic subjects such as overseas TCM development, TCM heritage, and TCM education in order to assist overseas TCM legislation and protect the interests of overseas TCM practitioners. For example, in 2017 the Forum organized and participated in the legislative consultation on the TCM law in China.

The Forum as the information sharing platform aims to establish communications with Chinese governmental and international organizations to promote overseas TCM development. The News radio has so far aired 100 broadcasts.

The Forum is furthermore the spiritual home to overseas TCM professionals. We organize leisure and entertainment activities during the Chinese and western festivals and online gatherings on the weekends.

In particular, the Forum assisted the Overseas Chinese Bureau of the Beijing Municipality successfully organizing the 2016 and 2017 Overseas Chinese TCM Congresses. During the congress, a cooperation agreement was signed between the Overseas Chinese Bureau of the Beijing Municipality, Beijing Administration of TCM and World TCM Forum. The First World TCM & Acupuncture Forum and Traditional Medicine Fair were convened in Buenos Aries, Argentina on 19-20 May 2018. More than 500 delegates from over 20 countries across the world attended the forum.

In short, World TCM Forum was born in the internet age, characterized by the instant spreading of information, high efficiency, and wide coverage. We strive to make better use of the Forum to serve TCM professionals all over the world and to facilitate TCM development in the world.

World Federation of TCM Trade Services

World Federation of TCM Trade Services is composed of Chinese medicine professionals and trade service providers of traditional Chinese medicine products from more than 80 countries or regions in the world.

World Federation of TCM Trade Services aims to inherit and carry forward the culture of traditional Chinese medicine, promote the improvement of the quality of traditional Chinese medicine products and service level of Chinese medicine practice, collect and collate information on laws and regulations, technical requirements and market access of Chinese medicine products in various countries, and provide a platform for the exchange of information for manufacturers and traders of traditional Chinese medicine products all over the world, so as to promote the internationalization of traditional Chinese medicine.

China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Medicines & Health Products

Founded in May 1989, CCCMHPIE is the leading and most influential national trade association in China with a mission to promote international trade and coordination in the healthcare sector.

Affiliated to the Ministry of Commerce in China, CCCMHPIE has a diverse membership of more than 2,400 members including most of the major R&D facilities, manufactures and trading companies in China, ranging from pharmaceuticals, medical devices and equipment, biopharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, functional cosmetics to traditional Chinese medicines. It is a professional and most authoritative investment and trade promotion organization in the Chinese healthcare sector while serving as the bridge between authorities and enterprises as well as Chinese and foreign partners.

China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences

Located in Beijing, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences (CACMS) was established in 1955 and previously named as China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine (CATCM). It is a national comprehensive institution for scientific research, clinical medicine and medical education on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which is directly under the leadership of the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SATCM), PRC. 

Hosting organizations

Dutch Acupuncture Association (NVA)

Branch organization for ca.1000 professionals with (para-) medical education. NVA represents her members and promotes acupuncture and TCM in general with high quality standards of education and professional practice. NVA pays attention to both tradition and scientific approach.

Dutch Association for Traditional Chinese Medicine Zhong (NVTCG Zhong)

The Dutch Association for Traditional Chinese Medicine Zhong functions / exists as an umbrella organisation for TCM-disciplines: Zhong represents acupuncturists, herbalists, tuina-therapists, shiatsu-therapists and therapists who practice Qigong. The goal of Zhong is to promote TCM by way of high quality standards. All Zhong members hold a higher professional education degree (minimum HBO) in TCM.

Zhong has approximately 1000 members most of whom are acupuncturists. Zhong is proud of the way it overarches the various disciplines and this will remain its essence, whilst at the same time every individual TCM-discipline is of equal importance to the organisation.


TCMned is a professional association that originated from a community of TCM therapists in the Netherlands. Members of TCMned hold a university degree or a similar level of higher professional education (HBO) in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). All therapists hold a diploma of basic medical knowledge (MBK) which is in accordance with the PLATO standards of the Netherlands.

Therapists offer one or more of the following TCM treatments: acupuncture, tuina, cupping and prescribing Chinese herbs. The concept of TCMned is to preserve the origins of traditional Chinese medicine and at the same time to follow up and integrate the newest developments of Chinese medicine from the TCM universities in China.

Supporting organizations

Pan-European Federation of TCM Societies (PEFOTS)

The Pan-European Federation of Traditional Chinese Medicine Societies was established on 29 September 2001 in Amsterdam. About 150 guests and delegates from 18 European countries were present at the launching ceremony. PEFOTS represents TCM organizations in European countries. PEFOTS aims to promote cooperation between TCM organizations and practitioners in Europe, establish contacts with EU as well as EU member states health authorities.

PEFOTS mission is to promote and encourage cooperation between TCM organizations and practitioners across Europe. Developing and promoting a knowledge and understanding of Chinese Medicine within the European Union and member states remains a primary goal of the PEFOTS board and membership.

European TCM Association (ETCMA)

The European Traditional Chinese Medicine Association (ETCMA) is an umbrella organisation for professional associations that represent different fields within Traditional Chinese Medicine. Our main purpose is to promote the wider recognition and acceptance of TCM therapies by European governments and the public. The ETCMA counts 31 members which represent 21 countries and 14.000 practitioners.

Register Professionals Complementary Care ( RBCZ)

The foundation ‘Register Professionals Complementary Care’ (abbreviated RBCZ) is an organization that promotes free and accessible health care, where quality of life and getting better are central, with sincere attention for the client.

To that end, RBCZ works on the stimulation and assurance of the quality of the professional in complementary care, so that a client is treated in an honest, responsible and safe manner.

China Association of Chinese Medicine

The China Association of Chinese Medicine is the earliest and largest academic organization of traditional Chinese medicine in China.  It is a national, academic and non-profit social organization formed voluntarily and registered in accordance with the law by the national traditional Chinese medicine science and technology workers and management workers and units involved in the treatments, education, scientific research, prevention, rehabilitation, healthcare, production, management around traditional Chinese medicine.