On December 14th, 2014, more than ten examinees from Scientific Studies Institute of Nadali Esmaeili - Center of Acupuncture Studies participated in International Proficiency Test for Acupuncture-Moxibustion Practitioners of World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies (WFAS). They took tests on five subjects including Acupuncture Basics, Acupoints and Manipulations of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Acupuncture Treatment, Human Anatomy and clinical operation.
In 2013, the Examination Committee of WFAS released a new serious of reference books designed based on the WHO standards of acupoint terminology and locations and the four professional standards published by WFAS, namely Acupuncture Needles, Nomenclature and Location of Auricular Points, Manipulation of Moxibustion and Manipulation of Scalp Acupuncture. The main purpose was to assist in building an examination system corresponding with the unique features of acupuncture and moxibustion. In 1997, WFAS founded the Examination Committee aiming to, popularize WHO standards on acupuncture and objectively evaluate the competence of practitioners so as to ultimately improve the competence of acupuncture and moxibustion practitioners as a whole by means of a standardized examination framework.
After more than 10 years of organization and as acupuncture and moxibustion have been increasingly globalized, the Examination Committee updated the structure of the Test in 2011 based on the past experience and the problems exposed. The four written tests - Basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Anatomy, Acupuncture Theory and Syndrome Differentiation – were changed into Acupoints and Manipulations of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Acupuncture Treatment and Human Anatomy. After three years of compilation, the new reference books in both Chinese and English versions were published in June 2014.
The Training Center assisted Dr. Nadali Esmaeili, the director of this Institute, to train and prepare the examinees before this Test according to the new version of reference books.
In July, the same Institute sent 11 students to participate in the updated version of Test and all of them achieved good results.