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!


Human research glossary

The glossary includes all relevant technical terms from the field of human research, along with explanations and further information, in four languages.

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.

Improvement of the search function of the Swiss clinical trials portal SNCTP

Any clinical trial in Switzerland must be registered and published on the SNCTP online portal. The online portal has been revised in order to facilitate the search for registered clinical trials. Clinical trials can now be found more quickly and more precisely due to more sophisticated search and sort functions. The core element is the multilingual search: search terms can be entered in any of the four Swiss national languages, and the results are displayed in all available languages.

Development of the SNCTP is an ongoing process. It is planned to expand the search function further as part of the next round of improvements in 2017. Users can also make individual comments regarding the portal with the aid of a feedback function.

Direct link to search for clinical trials on the Swiss trials portal SNCTP.


Evaluation of the Human Research Act

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).