* Complementary and herbal medicines are medicinal products. They are subject to the Therapeutic Products Act and are the responsibility of Swissmedic.
Further information: Herbal medicinal product (swissmedic.ch), Lists and directories (swissmedic.ch)
**Foodstuffs are regulated in food legislation. Foodstuffs include, among others, nutritional supplements and novel foods (such as cañihua and protein extracts from insects), etc.
Further information: Focus on food [available in German, French and Italian] (admin.ch)
*** Cosmetic products (cosmetics) are also subject to food legislation. These include perfuming products and products used to cleanse and care for skin, hair, teeth and mucous membranes.
Further information: Cosmetics [available in German, French and Italian] (admin.ch).
Additional information: Questions on delimitation (swissmedic.ch).
Last updated on: 30.08.2023