Chinese Medicine Regulatory Office

Organisation Chart

Organisation Chart

Hong Kong Chinese Materia Medica Standards Section, Special Project Section, Chinese Medicines Herbarium, Research & Development Section and Administration Section are under the Government Chinese Medicines Testing Institute of Department of Health. Hong Kong Chinese Materia Medica Standards Section is located at Public Health Laboratory Centre, Kowloon. Macroscopic and Microscopic Identification Laboratory, and Collaboration and Training Unit are under the Special Project Section. Chemistry Laboratory and DNA Laboratory are under the Research & Development Section.
*Located at Public Health Laboratory Centre, Kowloon


  • The missions of GCMTI are to develop a set of internationally-recognised reference standards for Chinese medicines and related products by employing state-of-the-art technology and through scientific research, and to help empower the industry through transfer of technology to strengthen quality control of products, establish the brand image of Hong Kong in Chinese medicines, and develop Hong Kong into an international hub for scientific research on Chinese medicines testing and quality control.


  • To continue to formulate reference standards for Chinese medicines, including Chinese Materia Medica (CMM) and decoction pieces under the existing Hong Kong Chinese Materia Medica Standards (HKCMMS) project;
  • To set up a number of advanced internationally-recognised and accredited laboratories to embark on high-tech scientific research and develop testing methods which will be transferred for the use of the public, the Chinese medicines sector as well as the testing sector with a view to strengthening the capability for Chinese medicines quality control and identification;
  • To establish a Chinese medicines herbarium of international standard, to collect CMM specimens and animal/plant voucher specimens and develop them into a digitised herbarium open to the public, industries and international research institutions for CMM identification use, with an aim to become an authoritative digitised herbarium. The Chinese medicines herbarium and digitised herbarium can serve as an integrated database and important sources of reference material and platform for Chinese medicines research and application for relevant stakeholders;
  • To set up a training and technology transfer centre that serves the purpose of providing training to Chinese medicines and testing sectors, promoting reference standards of Chinese medicines and transferring technical knowledge and skills to testing sector, so as to promote Hong Kong as an international centre for testing and certification of Chinese medicines; and
  • To strengthen international collaboration by organising international events and to maintain close liaison with the relevant Mainland and international organisations, including the World Health organisation, and to promote harmonisation of reference standards for Chinese medicines and testing methods.