WFAS International Acupuncture Conference was held from 25 to 27 September 2015 at the International Plaza Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This conference was co-sponsored by World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies (WFAS) and China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences (CACMS), organized by the Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Association of Canada (CMAAC), and supported by China Association of Acupuncture-Moxibustion (CAAM) and local TCM and acupuncture associations. More than 300 delegates from 26 countries in 6 continents attended this conference and 50 delegates were acupuncture experts from China.
Distinguished guests addressed the opening ceremony were Prof. Liu Baoyan,President of WFAS,Prof. Cedric Kam Tat Cheung, Executive President 2015 of WFAS,Mr. Yan Shujiang, Vice Commissioner of the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine of People’s Republic of China, Prof. Joanne Pritchard Sobhani, President of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario, Mr. Shen Jianlei, Consul of China in Toronto, Representative of the Ontario Minister of Health and Prof. Fan Jiping, Deputy Director-General of CACMS.
The conference received congratulatory letters from the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, Canadian Prime Minister, Luo Zhaohui, Chinese Ambassador to Canada, Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, John Tory, Mayor of Toronto and Xue Bing, Consul-General of China in Toronto.
In recent years, acupuncture of traditional Chinese medicine has gained increasing attention and respect in Canada and is more widely accepted by the Canadian people. Prime Minister Stephen Harper expressed in his letter that TCM is a safe and reliable procedure. He said that this conference provided a great opportunity for acupuncture professionals across the globe to take stock of the growth and increased awareness of TCM in Canada, and meanwhile to make new connections and explore issues of mutual interest. Ambassador Luo Zhaohui stated that TCM was a treasure in world medicine and this conference which offered a platform to inherit and advance the development and application of acupuncture globally would play an important role in world healthcare system by strengthening medical and cultural exchange between China and other countries.
Vice Commissioner Yan Shujiang affirmed and praised WFAS for its achievements in promoting international communication of TCM. He emphasized that SATCM would continue to support WFAS as always and would facilitate WFAS in carrying out research programs in cooperation with WHO, CACMS or other international institutions. Meanwhile, he wished that WFAS could go on functioning as a bridge linking acupuncture professions in various countries and could further strengthen cooperation with international associations in science, education, medical service and production. He hoped WFAS could further contribute to the advancement of acupuncture-moxibustion as well as world medicine in the 21st century by serving international exchanges. Qiu Deliang, Director of Jilin Provincial Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine of People’s Republic of China, and Zhu Haidong, Deputy Director General of the Department of International Cooperation of SATCM were among the honored guests who attended the opening ceremony.
The theme of this conference was “Connect, Collaborate and Innovate--Throughout the past and present, the tree of acupuncture is flourishing; throughout the west and east, the flower of TCM is blooming”. There were 129 academic papers presented in 6 keynotes, 75 orals and 14 workshops in 3 parallel sessions. Delegates were able to present and share their ideas on acupuncture related topics such as the mechanisms, educational standards, legislation and regulation, practical skills, the evaluation of safety and efficacy, acupuncture cosmetology, gerontology, and preventive healthcare. There was also a parallel exhibition where new technologies and products of acupuncture were on display. This was the second time that CMAAC – a founding member of WFAS – had organized a WFAS International Acupuncture Conference in Toronto. The first one was 27 years ago.Headed by Prof. Cedric Kam Tat Cheung, Vice President and Executive President 2015 of WFAS and Founding President of CMAAC, the local organizing committee did a superb job and the conference was a complete success.
The 3rd session of the 8th Executive Committee (EC) of WFAS was held in conjunction with the conference. EC Member Ma Ying and Treasurer Yang Jinsheng respectively delivered a work report and a financial report of the Secretariat of WFAS. Presided over by President Liu Baoyan, EC members discussed a number of proposals and plans for the work in the next period. EC members unanimously agreed that WFAS shall spare no effort in spreading acupuncture and deepening its development worldwide.
After 30 years of development, WFAS as a cooperative partner of WHO with 178 member societies from 53 countries and regions has grown to be an NGO of international influence.
Before the opening ceremony, a mourning ceremony was presented for the late consultants, vice presidents and EC members of WFAS, as well as the secretary general and former vice president of CMAAC in honor of their tremendous contributions to WFAS and the preparation of this conference.