What is it? Why is it important?

The Ordinance on Organisational Aspects of the Human Research Act (OrgO-HRA) defines any required organisational procedures regarding:

  • The Ethics Committee (EC)
  • The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH)

It provides information on:

  • Institutional composition (e.g. member requirements)
  • The organization of each entity (e.g. scientific secretariat, withdrawal from consent)
  • Respective tasks and duties (e.g. stakeholder coordination, decision making procedures)

In addition, the OrgO-HRA regulates data protection such as:

  • Disclosure of personal data to authorities
  • The exchange of data with foreign authorities and institutions

What do I need to do?

This ordinance mainly provides required structural information to the EC and the FOPH.

Consequently, for the planning and implementation of human studies, you do not often refer to this ordinance.

Where can I get help?

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

Swiss Law


  • CTU – Clinical Trials Unit
  • EC – Ethics Committee
  • FOPH – Federal Office of Public Health
  • OrgO-HRA – Ordinance on Organisational Aspects of the Human Research Act
Basic ↦ Ethics and Laws ↦ Organisation Ordinance ↦ Aim

Provides some background knowledge and basic definitions

Basic Monitoring
Basic Drug or Device

Starts with a study idea

Ends after having assessed and evaluated study feasibility

Concept Drug or Device

Starts with confidence that the study is feasible

Ends after having received ethics and regulatory approval

Development Drug or Device

Starts with ethics and regulatory approval

Ends after successful study initiation

Set-Up Ethics and Laws
Set-Up Quality and Risk
Set-Up Drug or Device

Starts with participant recruitment

Ends after the last participant has completed the last study visit

Conduct Drug or Device

Starts with last study visit completed

Ends after study publication and archiving

Completion Statistics
Completion Drug or Device
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