Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and Good Vigilance Practice (GVP) inspections

Swissmedic inspects clinical trials of medicinal products conducted in Switzerland on a random basis according to defined risk criteria. The inspections focus on whether the safety and personal rights of trial participants are guaranteed. They also verify whether the trials are being conducted in accordance with the scientific criteria for quality and integrity. 

Pharmacovigilance inspections (Good Vigilance Practice, GVP) are above all designed to examine compliance with the legally prescribed mandatory reporting of adverse drug reactions in clinical trials as well as spontaneous reports.

GCP inspections 

Clinical trials associated with the development of human medicinal products can be carried out subject to prior approval (link). The purpose of GCP inspections is to examine clinical trials at the premises of pharmaceutical companies, contract research organisations (CROs), research organisations or units, pharmacies and trial centres.

Inspections may focus both on the way trial centres are conducting a trial (trial centre inspection) and on the way the sponsor, sponsor's representative or contracted companies are managing it (system inspection). Inspections may examine circumstances relating to one or more clinical trials.

GVP inspections

After it has approved a human medicinal product in Switzerland, Swissmedic conducts GVP inspections of authorisation holders (pharmaceutical companies) and of CROs and organisations contracted by authorisation holders to carry out pharmacovigilance activities on their behalf. GVP inspections examine the pharmacovigilance processes in place at the companies, CROs and organisations in question and whether these processes comply with the applicable national laws, international pharmacovigilance directives and Swissmedic requirements.

Furthermore, Swissmedic can conduct inspections abroad and accompany GCP and GVP inspections conducted by foreign authorities in Switzerland.

Division Clinical trials
Hallerstrasse 7
3012 Berne
Tel +41 58 462 03 87
Fax +41 58 462 04 33

Last modification 24.11.2018

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