Singapore's Ministry of Health (MOH) has proposed that the maximum fines for errant traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) be increased to S$50,000.
This figure is five times the current limit, said a report by Todayonline.
Should the proposed changes to the laws are passed, the higher maximum fine would provide “sufficient deterrence” and be in line with regulations for dentists, pharmacists and allied health professionals, said MOH on Apr 4.
The TCM Practitioners Board will also be able to conduct a health inquiry for cases that involve a practitioner's fitness to practise. This is separate from making an inquiry into cases of professional misconducts. In addition, the board can also impose temporary suspensions on a practitioner for up to 18 months to protect members of the public.
TCM practitioners will be required to take on compulsory continuing professional education. This was introduced back in 2013 on a voluntary basis. The practitioners must now chalk up 50 continuing professional education points within two years to qualify for their practising certificate.
Enacted in 2000, the TCM Practitioners Act aims to raise professional standards and regulate the ethics and conduct of acupuncturists and TCM physicians.