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.

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.


Current FOPH research projects

The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) commissions so-called departmental research projects looking into specific policy-related, economic and social issues.

These projects are practical, problem-oriented, and as a rule interdisciplinary, functioning as an interface between science and practice.

The following new research projects initiated in the course of evaluating the Swiss Human Research Act (HRA) have now been completed: