Clinical trials

Clinical trials are used to systematically gather information on medicinal products when used in humans. Swissmedic verifies whether the quality and safety of the test product is guaranteed. Clinical trials may only be carried out in Switzerland if they have been approved by an Ethics Committee and by Swissmedic.

Applicable laws

New implementing regulations apply as of 1 November 2024

The Federal Council approved the amendments to the ordinances relating to the Human Research Act (HRA) and adopted them on 7 June 2024. The amendments strengthen the protection of persons participating in research and, where possible, improve the regulatory framework for researchers. The amended ordinances enter into force on 1 November 2024, with the exception of the provisions on transparency, which enter into force on 1 March 2025.