The portal for human research in Switzerland

kofam.ch is the Federal Office of Public Health’s (FOPH) portal for human research in Switzerland. On this website you’ll find extensive basic information on the regulation of human research in Switzerland as well as various tools for researchers.

News

Sep 29, 2023

Reports on the activities of the ethics committees and human research 2022

The statistical report "Human Research in Switzerland 2022" and the summary report "Activities of the Research Ethics Committees 2022" are now available in the "Downloads" section of our website. 

These reports describe biomedical research in Switzerland governed by the Human Research Act for the year 2022. The information comes from BASEC, which is managed by the umbrella organization of research ethics committees (swissethics), and from the individual activity reports of the cantonal research ethics committees (EKOS, EKNZ, KEK-BE, KEK-ZH, CCER, CER-VD and CE-TI).

Apr 28, 2023

Revision of the HRA ordinances - consultation procedure

The FOPH is revising the implementing legislation of the Human Research Act (HRA). It is adapting the ordinances to national and international developments in human research. 
The ordinances submitted for consultation are currently being revised. It is planned that the Federal Council will bring the revised ordinances into force in the 4th quarter of 2024.

Further information can be found on the FOPH website.

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.

Categoriser

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.