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Formal Affiliation between The Irish College of TCM (ICTCM) and Guangzhou University of TCM (GUCM)

On Professor Shanahan’s fourth visit to Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine (hence GUCM) in Southern China in November 2002 a formal agreement to affiliate the two TCM institutions was signed.

This three-part agreement was considered by both colleges as just the first step in an on-going process of collaboration and exchange, and in Spring 2011 Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine invited Director Tom Shanahan to Guangzhou to consolidate and further develop and expand the formal affiliation between the College and the University. Extending the scope of TCM collaboration between China and Ireland was one of the main objectives, as was the development of a Masters Degree and Doctoral Degree in Chinese Medicine. In 2012 a revised agreement was signed on the basis of which the Masters Degree and Doctoral Degree in Chinese Medicine have been established.

Consulting Professorship for Professor Tom Shanahan
From the 1st January 2004 The President of the ICTCM – Mr T.J. Shanahan – was appointed as a Consulting Professor of Acupuncture TCM with the International Department of Guangzhou University of TCM. He is the first Irishman to be appointed to such a post. Since then he has continued his regular visits to Guangzhou to exchange knowledge and experience with his fellow Professors of TCM.

In 2012 the tenure of this Professorship was, once again, extended in recognition of Tom Shanahan's tremendous contribution to the field of Chinese Medicine in the West.

The Professional Register of Traditional Chinese Medicine

This is the only Professional Acupuncture TCM body and Register which covers professional practice of all branches of TCM, as taught by the Irish College of TCM, anywhere in Ireland, Great Britain and surrounding islands. Its professional insurance, exclusive to members of the PRTCM, allows members to set up practice anywhere in Ireland or the British Isles.

Details of the professional body can be found at

Full Acupuncture TCM Practitioner Members of the PRTCM are fully recognised by VHI Healthcare and the main Health Insurance providers in Ireland and their clients can, where applicable, claim full out patient insurance cover for their Acupuncture Treatments.

Other Affiliations and links in Ireland

Co-operation between The Irish College of TCM and the Irish Government: The ICTCM is actively involved, as it has been for many years, in discussions with the Minister of Health and Children relating to setting up procedures for the recognition and registration of Practitioners of TCM in Ireland and in processes of consultation between the relevant Irish governmental bodies and bodies representing the training and professional representation of practitioners of TCM.

(The connections between GUCM and ICTCM will become increasingly valuable in face of our current dealings with the IMB and the Irish Department of Health and Children, especially in relation to the proposed Registration of practitioners of TCM. These wholly formal connections with one of the most prestigious TCM universities in the homeland of Chinese medicine cannot fail to register as significant in both Ireland and Europe.)

Scientific Research Affiliates - China

Nansha Information and Technology Park (NSITP): a joint venture between the Fok Ying Tung Foundation, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Guangzhou Government, the Park is home to many technology companies, projects and professionals, with its provision of high-quality facilities and services. Professor Shanahan accepted an invitation from NSITP (see below) to give a paper at a TCM Scientific conference in Nansha, Guangdong, China in February 2011. The ICTCM has had on-going affiliation and collaboration with NSITP since 2005.

Universities and Hospitals in Guangzhou, China. The ICTCM has been participating in protocols specifically focused upon hepatic cancers (since these tend to be the most difficult to treat with conventional medical modalities). Specifically, during 2003 and 2006 the ICTCM helped to fund further Research programmes into Liver Cancer, which monitored and evaluated the therapeutic effectiveness of Chinese Herbal Medicine and Medical Qigong.

The ICTCM has also funded, supported and/or participated in Scientific Research into Medical Qigong Emitting External Qi Method with, among others,

The work of the College is supported by some of the most famous academicians and Senior TCM Doctors of China including:

Other World-wide Affiliations

Since 1983 the ICTCM has established formal and informal relationships with many other International TCM Colleges (See the list of Visiting Lecturers), Professional TCM Registers and Organisations and with World-wide Federations such as the World Federation of Acupuncture Societies (WFAS) and the World Academic Society of Medical Qigong (WASMQ). Professor Tom Shanahan is an Executive Council Member of this latter organisation with the title of Deputy Secretary General and has represented Ireland on the Council since 2004.

He was also invited, in 2006, to be on the Academic Committee of the Fifth International Qigong Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, supported by the Thai Government, and has continued to be on the Academic Committee of that body and continues to take part in their conferences, most recently in Jinan, China in 2011.

Course Information


  • Licentiate in Acupuncture TCM
  • Postgraduate

  • Masters Degree in TCM
  • Doctoral Degree in TCM
  • Medical Qigong
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Open Courses

  • Health Giving Qigong

  • March 2011, with Famous Professor Deng Tietao in Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine.

    Registrar Mary Plunkett and Director Tom Shanahan with Famous Professor Deng Tietao in Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. March 2011.

    Calligraphy written by Professor Deng for the Irish College of TCM.

    Calligraphy written by Professor Deng for the Irish College of TCM.