Human research

Key points in a nutshell

A brief summary of the key points on human research in Switzerland

Applications & procedure

Requirement to obtain authorisation, categorisation and submission of applications

All information on the requirement to obtain authorisation, categorisation and submission of applications is available here:

SNCTP Portal

Search for studies

Search for registered clinical trials in Switzerland.


Online wizard for categorising human research projects

The categoriser provides help in assigning and categorising your research project according to the provisions of the Human Research Act – good preparation for the submission of your application!

Case studies

A selection of real human research projects

The case study module provides a selection of real human research projects, each with a brief summary. The projects can be filtered according to various criteria.

The 2018 annual report of the Coordination Office for Human Research (kofam) is now available to download

The report describes kofam’s activities from the past year and picks out some of the highlights. It also provides an outline of ongoing and future activities.


Overview of developments relating to medical devices

On the FOPH website you can now find information on how the EU’s Medical Device Regulation (MDR) will affect human research in Switzerland and what consequences it will have for Switzerland:

New regulations for clinical trials of medical devices

The website will be kept up to date to reflect the latest developments.