Official provisions

Authorised research projects must be registered and published in a WHO primary register or on as well as in the supplementary federal database (the SNCTP) before execution.

Submitting projects and publication via BASEC

The submissions portal BASEC (Business Administration System for Ethics Committees) has been online since November 2015. Since then it has not been necessary to make submissions and publications in the SNCTP; instead this is done directly in BASEC. Once a clinical trial has been approved, the information submitted has been transferred direct from BASEC to the SNCTP.

Important: For this reason, access to the SNCTP website for submissions and publications was deactivated on 12 December 2016.

More information on BASEC can be found in the swissethics FAQs document. If you have any other queries, please contact the responsible ethics committee.

Electronic submission via the online submissions portal BASEC:

  1. Submit your application documents to the responsible ethics committee via BASEC. Also enter the data required for the SNCTP in BASEC (Screen 4).
  2. After receiving ethics committee authorisation, enter the WHO trial registration data (in the version approved by the ethics committee) in a WHO Primary Registry, or on, if you have not already done so.
  3. Enter the ID number assigned by the WHO Primary Registry or in BASEC (Screen 4) and click on “Update registration”. The relevant data will then be transmitted to the SNCTP.

Finding clinical trials on the SNCTP

If a clinical trial cannot be found on the SNCTP following approval by the ethics committee, there may be a number of reasons for this:

  • The study has not yet been released for publication in BASEC; please check in BASEC that all the parameters that are to be published on the SNCTP have been entered and that the study has been released by you for publication.
  • The ethics commission responsible has not yet released the clinical trial for publication on the SNCTP.
  • The clinical trial is not yet available on the WHO database (ICTRP). This can apply if the data of a clinical trial that was registered in a WHO primary register or on have not yet been transferred to the ICTRP database.

If you have any questions, please contact the ethics committee responsible or swissethics (