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“The long-awaited government decision concerning statutory regulation of herbalists, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture came out today. It is not good news. They have opted for statutory regulation by the Health Professions Council (HPC)…The vast majority of herbalists, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture has no good evidence that it works. In the case of some herbal medicines and acupuncture, there is good evidence that they don’t work. Yet the HPC has, as one of its criteria, that aspiring to be regulated by them requires "practise based on evidence of efficacy". The Department of Health seems to have quietly forgotten about this criterion. It cannot possibly be met. The HPC has already expressed its willingness to go along with this two-faced approach. Another mistake made by the Department of Health regards the value of ‘training’…Spending three years training people to learn things that are not true, safeguards nobody. On the contrary, it endangers the public. Training in nonsense is obviously a nonsense.” Professor David Colquhoun, DC Science blog (16th February 2011)