Global Collaboration

Dr. Yair Maimon, President of the ETCMA, discusses the global One Voice Big Evidence Project in detail. Learn the goals, objectives, challenges and opportunities for the TCM profession in the near future as the World health Organization (WHO) deploys the new ICD 11 codes which include Traditional medicine (TM) codes as well. Contact us if you wish to get involved.

Big Evidence Research Project

This project has for goal to provide integration of ICD-11 coding of disease with the WHO ICD-11 Chapter 26 (TM) Traditional Medicine Coding of Chinese medical pattern differentiation. This integration provides a model for the two systems of medicine working together.

The project involves collecting and comparing data of ‘back pain’ combining ICD-11 codes and the codes from Traditional Medicine’s clinical SOAP notes. Implementing a two coding system

  1. The ICD-11 Western Medicine Diagnosis

  2. TM Diagnosis, and TM Pattern Differentiation.

This is a feasibility study aiming to provide the foundation of integrating the two systems of diagnosis.

The project is part of the ‘One Voice’ research initiative that will be led by key stakeholders from three continents: Europe, USA, and Australia. It represents a collective of more than 50,000 professional practitioners from over 25 countries.

The approaching era of the ICD-11 Traditional Medicine (TM) Codes is set to become a major landmark for traditional Acupuncture and herbal medicine as a valid person-centered health system, and it will transform modern health care systems worldwide. This will advance the profession of traditional Acupuncture and herbal medicine progressively with widespread recognition by the patients, hospitals, insurance companies, and policy makers.

The result will be an increased awareness and availability of treatment backed up by evidence in the safety & efficacy of traditional Acupuncture and herbal medicine. It offers the pathway for all citizens of the world to achieve better health and wellness.

Steering Committee


Iman Majd - Board President NCCAOM .
Mina M. Larson - CEO, NCCAOM .
Nell Smircina - Director of Development AAC, ASA.
Marilyn Allen - MS; AAC.

Georgette Young - Secretary ETCMA

Jenny Yu - Academic Dean SCUHS.

Waveny Holland - President AACTM.
Benjamin Saez - Administrator; ETCMA.

Head of the Committee: Yair Maimon - President ETCMA.

Dr. Iman Majd

Dr. Majd, MD, MS, EAMP/L.Ac, Dip. ABFM, ABoIM, Dipl. Ac.(NCCAOM), DABMA, ABIHM, Certified GUNN-IMS, is the Founding Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine Clinic at the University of Washington.

Mina M. Larson

Mina Larson, M.S., MBA, CAE is the Chief Executive Officer of NCCAOM since2019. Ms. Larson helped create the public relations and marketing department and launched a media campaign that brought national recognition to NCCAOM and its Diplomates. She also led the Advocacy team that has helped bring federal recognition to NCCAOM National Board-Certified Acupuncturist

Nell Smircina DAOM, L.Ac, Dipl. OM

Immediate Past President- CSOMA; Director of Development for the American Acupuncture Council.

Marilyn Allen MS

United States Delegate to WHO: Traditional Medicine Reference Group, Education and Implementation Committee, and Patient Safety and Quality of Care Advisory Group. Editor at Large of Acupuncture Today.

Georgette Young DAOM, L.Ac,
Dipl. O.M.

Hon. Secretariat of the European Traditional Chinese Medicine Association (ETCMA) and Professional Development Educator in Traditional Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Jenny Yu DACM, L.Ac

Academic Dean for the Eastern Medicine Department at the Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS).

Waveny Holland

President of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association & director of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association.

Benjamin Saez L.Ac

Administrator of the European Traditional Chinese Medicine Association (ETCMA) and Professional Development Educator in Traditional Acupuncture; Founder of Athens College of East Asian Medicine (ACEAM)

Yair Maimon

President of the European Traditional Chinese Medicine Association (ETCMA). Medical director of Marpe Integrative Medical Center; President of the International Congress of Chinese Medicine in Israel (ICCM); Founder of the TCM Academy(TCM.AC); former Head of "Tal center” – Integrative Cancer Research Center, Institute of Oncology – Sheba academic Hospital and former Director of Integrative medical unit at Souraski – Tel Aviv municipality Hospital

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