What is it? Why is it important?

The Transplantation Act defines requirements for the use of human or animal organs, tissues or cells for transplantation purposes into humans. 


Organ transplantation is a medical procedure that involves the replacement of a missing or damaged organ by a medically intact organ.


The act:

  • Applies to the handling of organs, tissues or cells, and products intended for transplantation into humans
  • Contributes to the availability of human organs, tissues, and cells for transplantation purposes
  • Prevents the improper handling of organs, tissues, or cells in:
    • Human transplantation medicine
    • Commercial activities
  • Protects human dignity, privacy, and health


What do I need to do?

As a SP-INV performing human transplantation studies, you are required to know and comply with the requirements in the Transplantation act.


Read the Transplantation act and its ordinance, and based on your study:

  • Be familiar with the organisation of the various chapters and sections
  • As applicable, tag articles you are required to comply with

Where can I get help?

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

Swiss Law

Transplantation Act – see in particular articles

  • Art. 1 Aim
  • Art. 2 Scope
  • CTU – Clinical Trials Unit
  • SP-INV – Sponsor Investigator
Basic ↦ Ethics and Laws ↦ Swiss Law ↦ Transplantation Act

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Basic Monitoring
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Ends after having assessed and evaluated study feasibility

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Ends after having received ethics and regulatory approval

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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

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Starts with last study visit completed

Ends after study publication and archiving

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