About us


The Research Council for Complementary Medicine (RCCM) is a charity founded in 1983. The vision of RCCM is to be a trusted, vibrant hub leading TCIM  (traditional, complementary and integrative medicine) research.

Our members are researchers, practitioners and non-commercial organisations involved with the TCIM sector.

For subscribing members, depending on their level of membership (See Join the RCCM), there is an extensive 'Resources for CAM Research' section that is available, and access to our Linkedin social network. You can also sign up as an ordinary member for free to receive our quarterly newsletter.

What does the RCCM do?

Purpose: To be the UK's leading authority on TCIM (Traditional Complementary and Integrative Medicine) research.

Core values 

  • Trust  - a trusted and valued source of TCIM research advice and expertise.
  • Empowerment  - empowering researchers, patients, regulators and providers to conduct/access/understand TCIM evidence.
  • Excellence - high quality research
  • Collaboration - networking and collaboration within the TCIM research community
  • Diversity and inclusivity - We welcome all types of TCIM, private or NHS providers, and all career stages and research methodologies.


The Publications section gives an insight into what has been achieved in the past. To access these publications, please join the RCCM as a full member.

Who are we?
The Charity is managed by a Board of Trustees who give the RCCM their expertise and enthusiasm in areas such as CAM research, education, finance and administration.

The RCCM does not believe that CAM should replace conventional medical care, but rather complement it. We are unable to offer healthcare advice and always advise individuals to consult a qualified healthcare practitioner about any decision on using CAM. We advocate high-quality research into complementary medicine using appropriate and rigorous research methods and peer-reviewed protocols and publications. The RCCM does not necessarily endorse the views of the speakers at RCCM events, whose views are their own.