What is it? Why is it important?

The Human Research Act (HRA) regulates through its ordinance on Clinical Trials with Medical Devices (ClinO-MD):

  • Requirements for studies with:
    • Medical Devices (MD) and other devices in accordance with article 1 of the MedDO (July 2020)
    • In-vitro-Diagnostic MD and their accessories in accordance with article 1 paragraph 1 of the IvDO (May 2022)
  • Approval (e.g. Ethics Committee (EC), regulatory authorities such as Swissmedic, and if applicable the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH)) and reporting procedures (e.g. safety reporting, amendments, study termination)
  • Duties and responsibilities of EC, Swissmedic and the FOPH
  • Registration requirements
  • Public access to information

What do I need to do?

As a SP-INV and depending on your planned study make yourself familiar with:

  • The different ordinances and laws applicable to your Medical Device study such as the ClinO-MD, MedDO, ClinO (e.g. includes a radiation source, or a combination of an IMP and MD), IvDO ordinances, and the Radiological Protection Act (RPA)
  • ISO 14155 which defines ethical and scientific quality standards for designing, conducting, recording and reporting of Medical Device studies, or
  • ISO 20916 which defines ethical and scientific quality standards for the designing, conducting, recording, and reporting of studies evaluating clinical performance In-Vitro-Diagnostic (IVD) Medical Devices (MD)
  • Medical Device submission and approval requirements (e.g. EC, Swissmedic (e.g. for risk-category C studies), and the FOPH). An EC and Swissmedic submission are done in parallel

Where can I get help?

Your local CTU can support you with experienced staff regarding this topic

External Links

Swissethics  – see in particular  

  • Templates and checklists
  • Clinical trial with medical devices according to ClinO-MD
  • Overview of safety reporting in clinical trials of medical devices
  • Clinical trials with medical devices: Expected changes on the legal requirements and BASEC

Swissmedic – see in particular

  • Submission process for medical device studies
  • Adapt safety forms to safety reporting requirements for MD studies


KOFAM: Coordination portal for human research – see in particular

  • Online wizard for risk categorisation

Swiss Law

ClinO-MD – see in particular articles

  • Art. 1 Subject matter

MedDO – see in particular

  • Art. 1 Scope

RPA – see in particular article

  • Art. 28 Mandatory licencing

IvDO – see in particular

  • Art. 1 Scope
  • BASEC – the portal for EC submission
  • ClinO – Clinical Trials Ordinance
  • ClinO-MD – Ordinance on Clinical Trials with Medical Device
  • CTU – Clinical Trials Unit
  • EC – Ethics Committee
  • FOPH – Federal Office of Public Health
  • IMP – Investigational Medicinal Product
  • IvDO -  Ordinance on In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices 
  • KOFAM – Coordination portal for human research
  • MD – Medical Device
  • MedDO – Medical Devices Ordinance
  • RPA – Radiological Protection Act
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