A brief summary of the key points on human research in Switzerland
All information on the requirement to obtain authorisation, categorisation and submission of applications is available here:
The Coordination Office for Human Research (kofam) is legally required to inform the public about the activities of the ethics committees. To that end, each year it produces a summary report of the individual annual reports produced by the ethics committees. The summary report for 2014 together with a factsheet containing general information on the Human Research Act and the ethics committees can be found here:
The FOPH is responsible for assessing the effectiveness of the Human Research Act. The actual effect of the Act is investigated by the FOPH in individual departmental research projects. The findings from the departmental research projects are incorporated into the evaluation report for the attention of the Federal Council and form the basis for possible recommendations on improving legislation.
More information about the evaluation of the Human Research Act and the the finalised departmental research projects is found here (only in German, French or Italian).
The submissions portal BASEC (Business Administration System for Ethics Committees) is in operation from 2 November 2015. Via BASEC, submissions are to be received, reviewed and approved by the ethics committees. Here you can find out how you can register your clinical trial on the SNCTP.more
The FOPH has produced a number of tools in the form of widgets, which it is making available to research institutions free of charge; the first is the ‘Categoriser’ to help categorise human research projects, the second features explanatory case studies, and the third is a four-language glossary containing many relevant technical terms from the field of human research. This means that all three applications can be embedded in the institute’s own website and accessed directly. If you wish to make use of this function please get in touch with us by e-mail. We will be only too glad to provide you with the necessary technical information.