What is it? Why is it important?
The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) is responsible for public health in Switzerland.
Responsibilities include to:
- Develop Swiss health care policies
- Protect the country’s public health (e.g. promote healthy lifestyles, ensure high quality health care)
- Ensure that the country has an efficient and affordable healthcare system affordable and accessible to all
- Authorize studies on the transplantation of human organs, tissues, and cells
- Assess participant radiation exposure in studies with ionising radiation
What do I need to do?
Notification / authorisation / opinion by the FOPH is required in studies with:
- Biosafety measures (e.g. genetically modified, pathogenic or alien organisms)
- Infectious diseases (e.g. HIV, HCV)
- Banned narcotics
- Stem cells research
- Transplants of human organs, tissue and cells
- Ionizing radiation with an effective dose > 5 mSv per year and
- Radiopharmaceutical that has:
- No authorization in Switzerland
- An authorization in Switzerland but will be applied for a non-authorized indication
- Using of another radioactive source
Where can I get help?
Your local CTU↧ can support you with experienced staff regarding this topic
Basel, Clinical Trials Unit, CTU, dkf.unibas.ch
Bellinzona, Clinical Trials Unit, CTU-EOC, www.ctueoc.ch
Bern, Clinical Trials Unit, CTU, www.ctu.unibe.ch
Geneva, Clinical Research Center, CRC, crc.hug.ch
Lausanne, Clinical Research Center, CRC, www.chuv.ch
St. Gallen, Clinical Trials Unit, CTU, www.kssg.ch
Zürich, Clinical Trials Center, CTC, www.ctc.usz.ch
Federal Office of Public Health – see in particular
- The FOPH / Tasks & Goals
- Medicine & Research