Korean medicine-related
government agencies

Korean Medicine Policy Officer, Ministry of Health and Welfare Korean Medicine Policy Division, Ministry of Food and Drug Safety Public institutions(Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, National Institute for Korean Medicine Development)
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Ministry of Health and Welfare

Issues Traditional Korean Medical doctor licenses, Manages refresher training programs, establishes policies related to Traditional Korean Medicine, promotes projects to develop The Traditional Korean Medicine industry

Ministry of Food and Drug Safety

Responsible for testing imported raw ingredients and materials for safety, and registering drugs and medical devices

Sort Institution Name Role
GOVERMENT AGENCY The Ministry of Health and Welfare
(Korean Medicine Policy Division, Korean Medicine Industry Division)
Establishes Policies related to Traditional Korean Medicine and develop the Traditional Korean Medicine Industry
Ministry of Food and Drug Safety
(Korean Medicine Policy Division)
Manages The Safety of Herbal Medicines and Herbal Formulas/Preparations
PUBLIC INSTITUTION National Institute for Korean Medicine Development Establishment of Foundation for Korean Medicine Development
Korean Medicine Technology Development and Industry Promotion
Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine Korean Medicine R&D

Korean Medicine Promotion Policy

Enactment of the Korean Medicine Promotion Act, 2003 Five-Year Comprehensive Plan for the Development of Korean Medicine 1st(2006~2010), 2nd(2010~2015), 3rd(2016~2020), 4th(2021~2025)
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Korean Medicine doctors are included in the category of medical personnel along with doctors under the Medical Act enacted in 1951 (Article 2, Paragraph 1 of the Medical Service Act “Medical person” means “doctor, dentist, oriental doctor, midwife, nurse” who has received a license from the Minister of Health and Welfare.)

Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Cupping, Herbal physiotherapy, etc. Health Insurance for Korean Medicine has been applied since 1987
Pilot project is currently underway to cover traditional Korean medicine with the national health insurance system

Promotes local Traditional Korean Medicine projects by placing public health Traditional Korean Medical doctors at public health centers across the country

Preparing the foundation for the systematic development of Traditional Korean Medicine at the national level by enacting the “Traditional Korean Medicine Promotion Act” (2003)
Announces a comprehensive plan every 5 years, starting with the 1st Comprehensive Plan for the Promotion of Traditional Korean Medicine (2006)

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