Authorisation of research projects
In human research, a distinction is drawn in Switzerland between projects that require authorisation and those that do not.
In the case of projects where anonymised biological material or anonymised health-related data of human beings are evaluated, the persons concerned need fear no disadvantage or harm. For that reason, no authorisation is required for these types of projects.
If a research project actively induces an effect among research participants or uses traceable health-related data or traceable biological material, the persons involved may incur a disadvantage or harm. These types of projects are thus subject to the Human Research Act and have to be officially approved.
No authorisation is required for projects using anonymised data, whereas projects that use traceable data and those that actively induce an effect among participants do require authorisation.