Complementary medicinal products

Complementary medicinal products encompass homeopathic, anthroposophic and Asian medicinal products. With regard to marketing authorisation, Swissmedic takes into account the fact that the considerable value placed on complementary medicine is anchored within the Swiss Constitution.

Herbal medicinal products

Herbal medicinal products Herbal medicinal products or preparations contain only herbal substances or preparations. Within the framework of the simplified authorisation procedure it is possible, in many cases, to waive the need for separate clinical investigations.

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Authorised complementary and herbal medicinal products

This report provides, among other things, an overview of the number of authorisations of complementary and herbal medicines with indication and complementary medicines without indication in 2021.


Use of titanium dioxide in medicinal products

The pharmaceutical excipient titanium dioxide remains permissible in Switzerland until further notice


Changes to the guidance document Temporary authorisation of human medicinal products HMV4

Simplification of the procedure for “ex officio" temporary authorisation


New guidance document: Involvement of patient organisation in assessment of patient information HMV4

The new guidance document is valid with effect from 1 November 2021.


Update to the forms New authorisation of human medicinal products HMV4 and Variations and authorisation extensions HMV4

Consent to exchange of information for applications in collaboration with Access Consortium and Project Orbis


Executive Summary - Benchmarking 2021

Comparison of Swiss approval times for human medicines with the EU and the USA


Revision 1.7.2021 - Updating of KPTPO annexes

mandatory from 1 July 2021

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