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.

Activities of the ethics committees for research – Summary report 2017

The summary report for 2017 is now available to download.


The 2017 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.