THE final report on the regulation of Chinese medicine will go before the Executive Council in about two months without the full support of local practitioners. The Kowloon Society of Practitioners of Chinese Medicine claimed the Government had failed to consult them properly on the move to regulate their profession and safeguard the public. The society said although it had met the Government's working party, it felt that its views had not been taken into account. The chairman of the society, Tsoi Sheung-bun, said: ''There have been a number of meetings between ourselves and the Government but I would not really say we have been consulted. ''We were asked for our opinions, but it seemed that whatever we said would not make any difference.'' The chairman of the Government's working party on Chinese medicine, Shelley Lau Lee Lai-kuen, claimed all practitioners' groups had been extensively consulted. The working party delayed tabling its final report to the Executive Council at the beginning of the year so it could hold more meetings with practitioners' associations and carry out research overseas. Mrs Lau said: ''There may have been a lack of communication between the working party and practitioners in the past, particularly while we were analysing submissions on the interim report. ''We have more than made up for any lack of dialogue in the past few months and I feel that the practitioners are now generally quite supportive of what we are doing.'' Practitioners have in principle backed the Government's plan to set up a self-regulatory body to register and control Chinese herbalists. The criteria for registration will be left to the new body to work out, although the working party has made suggestions on the minimum experience required for recognition which could mean some existing practitioners are left out. The final report of the five-year-old working party is now complete and due to go before the Executive Council in the next session. But the Government has been accused of dragging its feet over the issue. Legislator Dr Leong Che-hung said: ''I really feel that the Government has lacked the political will and determination to tackle this issue which is why this report has taken so long to produce.'' Mrs Lau denied the Government had dragged its feet. She added: ''We have carried out extensive research into what is a very complex issue to produce a very well thought out document which has necessarily taken a long time.''